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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Drug penalties upcoming

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation and which ones will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case. That's what two people familiar with the talks tell The Associated Press.

The sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance hearings, and the talks could push back an announcement until Friday.

Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees stands to receive the longest suspension. The stiffer penalties for some players are tied to other alleged violations, including not being truthful to MLB investigators.

Three 2013 All-Stars could face bans: Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta.


Red Sox get Peavy

UNDATED (AP) -- Boston has acquired pitcher Jake Peavy (PEE'-vee) from the White Sox as part of a three-team, seven-player deal.

The 32-year-old Peavy was 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA for Chicago this season. The right-hander is a former Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star.

Boston sent a trio of minor leaguers to the White Sox in the deal.

The Red Sox acquired reliever Brayan Villarreal from Detroit and sent shortstop Jose Inglesias to the Tigers. Boston also got outfielder Avisail Garcia from Detroit and sent him to the White Sox.

In other major league trades;

-- The Oakland Athletics have acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) from the Angels for infielder Grant Green. Callaspo is hitting .253 with five home runs and 36 RBIs entering Tuesday. Green is hitless in 15 at-bats during his first stint in the major leagues this season.

-- The Cleveland Indians have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski (ZEHP'-chihn-skee) from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Indians sent minor league infielder Juan Herrera to St. Louis.


Pirates take over first from Cardinals

UNDATED (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in the majors. They vaulted into the top spot with a doubleheader sweep of St. Louis 2-1 in 11 innings and 6-0.

Alex Presley's single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Pittsburgh the win in the opener. Brandon Cumpton scattered three hits over seven innings in the nightcap for his first major league win. The Pirates are 64-42 and hold a 1 1/2 game lead over St. Louis for first in the NL Central.

The double loss made it six in a row for the slumping Cardinals who scored just five runs in that stretch.

In other big league play;

-- Leonys Martin sliced a three-run homer into the left-field corner to complete the Rangers 14-11 comeback win over the Angels in ten innings. Texas overcame a four-run deficit when Giovany Soto hit a three-run homer in the eighth and Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) added a two-out, RBI single in the ninth.

-- Toronto's Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) allowed five hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers to shutout AL West leading Oakland 5-0. Jose Bautista and Emilio Bonifacio each homered for the Blue Jays who stopped Oakland's four-game winning streak.

-- Mark Ellis stroked a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the ninth that scored Andre Ethier from second and gave the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Yankees. The Dodgers 27-6 record since June 21 is their best stretch since going 29-5 during a part of the 1953 season.

-- Roberto Hernandez came within an out of a complete game shutout in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over Arizona. Eric Chavez ended the bid with a two-run homer in the ninth. Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist each drove in a pair of runs for the AL East-leading Rays who have won 21 of 25.

-- Rookie Brandon Workman gave up a run and struck out nine over six innings to lead Boston to an 8-2 win over Seattle. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia homered in the second, giving Workman an early 5-1 lead that the right-hander never squandered in just his third big league start.

-- Alex Avila hit a grand slam to pace Detroit to a 5-1 win over Washington. Avila connected off of Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in the sixth inning to snap a 1-all tie. Strasburg dropped to 5-9 this season.

-- Pinch-hitting Ryan Raburn's two-run single sparked a four-run seventh inning that gave Cleveland a 7-4 win over the White Sox. The victory was the sixth in a row for the Indians who have won 11 of 15.

--Chris Davis hit his major league leading 38th home run and first in ten games to give Baltimore a 4-3 win over Houston. Davis' two-run homer in the sixth inning put the Orioles ahead to stay. Davis also extended his run of games with a strikeout to 23, the longest in team history.

-- Freddie Freeman hit a pair of home runs and drove in four to lead Atlanta to an 11-3 romp over Colorado. Brian McCann hit a three-run homer for the NL East leaders who have won five in a row and moved 10 games ahead of second-place Washington.

-- Mike Moustakas homered twice and drove in four runs to help streaking Kansas City to a 7-2 win over Minnesota. The Royals have won seven in a row and nine of 11 to get over .500 for the first time since May 18.

-- Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young hit two-run homers to help Philadelphia beat the Giants 7-3 and snap an eight-game losing streak. The defending World Series champ Giants have lost five in a row and eight of nine.

-- John Buck's two-run single in the tenth inning gave the Mets a 4-2 win over Miami. Mets starter Zach Wheeler tossed 7 1/3 innings of no-hit ball.

-- Nick Hundley's two-run double in the bottom of the eighth gave San Diego a 4-2 win over Cincinnati. The Reds have lost five straight.

-- Milwaukee swept two from the Cubs 6-5 and 3-2. Jean Segura homered and delivered the go-ahead double in the opener. Jeff Bianchi's two-run single in the top of the ninth was the difference in the second game.


Jennings goes to Pistons in multi-player deal

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons acquired Brandon Jennings as they desperately try to end their four-year postseason drought.

Detroit landed the point guard from Milwaukee for point guard Brandon Knight and two prospects, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the trade hasn't been announced, said Jennings has agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with the Pistons.


Memphis brings back Miller

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Miller has landed back in Memphis, signing with the Grizzlies after Miami decided to amnesty him following the season. Miller still holds eight franchise records with the Grizzlies, including 3-point shooting percentage and the most 3s made and attempted. He spent parts of six seasons with the Grizzlies from 2003 through 2008.


Withey signs with Pelicans

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans say former Kansas standout Jeff Withey has signed his rookie contract, but the team didn't release details.

Withey was drafted by Portland in the second round of the draft with the 39th overall pick. He was then traded to New Orleans as part of a three-team deal.

Withey played four years at Kansas, setting the all-time Big 12 mark for blocked shots with 312. He also was the conference's defensive player of the year the past two seasons.


Harvin set for surgery

RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Percy Harvin will have hip surgery on Thursday, sidelining the dynamic wide receiver for the start of his first season with the Seattle Seahawks.

Harvin made the announcement on his Twitter account on Tuesday night, hours after getting a second opinion on the injury in New York. The Seahawks then said the operation was scheduled for Thursday.

Harvin was seeking more information for soreness in his hip that popped up just before the Seahawks opened training camp.


Redskins Hall injures ankle

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall says he has sprained ligaments in the back of his right ankle and could miss the rest of training camp.

Hall wore an immobilizing boot as he watched practice. He was hurt Monday when he lost his footing trying to defend a receiver.

Hall said he initially thought he tore a ligament. He said there is no fracture, and that his Achilles is fine.


A day in court is next in Penn State scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Judge William Wenner has decided that Penn State's ex-president and two former top school administrators should go to trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Wenner determined that prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a full criminal court trial for ex-President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley.


Texas A&M player killed in wreck

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Texas A&M officials say redshirt freshman defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu (mah-NOO'-ky-a-noo) is one of three people killed in a rollover crash in New Mexico during a trip home from Utah.

New Mexico State Police say another one of those killed was Gaius Vaenuku, an incoming member of the Utah football team.

The driver and a fifth passenger were transported to a hospital with minor injuries. Officials say alcohol wasn't involved.


Historic NBA figure dies

UNDATED (AP) -- The man who scored the first basket in NBA history has died. Former New York Knicks guard Oscar "Ossie" Schectman succumbed after developing complications related to respiratory failure according to his son. He was 94.

Schectman scored the opening basket of a game in what was then known as the BAA on Nov. 1, 1946 for the Knicks against the Toronto Huskies, a layup after cutting down the center of the lane.

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