Middlebrooks' 3-run double keys Boston win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Will Middlebrooks had a three-run double off closer Fernando Rodney with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Boston Red Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Thursday night.
Middlebrooks lined a shot to left on a 1-2 pitch from Rodney (1-2) with the base loaded, giving the Red Sox the lead. Rodney, who blew just two saves last year, is 7 for 10 in save opportunities this year.
After walking Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, Rodney struck out Mike Napoli before loading the bases with a walk to Daniel Nava. Stephen Drew struck out, but Middlebrooks then came up with his bases-clearing hit.
Junichi Tazawa (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. He retired James Loney on a grounder with two on and two outs in the ninth.
Reds beat Marlins 5-3 in 10 to complete sweep
MIAMI (AP) - NL RBI leader Brandon Phillips homered in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, helping the Cincinnati Reds complete their second 3-game sweep in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 5-3 Thursday night.
Mat Latos and two relievers combined on a six-hitter. Aroldis Chapman (3-1) blew a save for the first time in nine chances.
J.J. Hoover gave up a run in the 10th but earned his third save.
Pinch-hitter Donald Lutz led off the 10th with a single against Steve Cishek (1-4). Following a walk, a bunt and an intentional walk, Phillips lifted a flyball for his second RBI of the night and 36th of the season.
Jay Bruce followed with a two-run double and finished with three RBIs.
Jaguars awarded DT Love off waivers from Patriots
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have added another defensive lineman from New England, landing fourth-year tackle Kyle Love off waivers from the Patriots.
The Jaguars claimed defensive end Brandon Deaderick off waivers from the Pats earlier this week.
The Patriots released Love on Wednesday after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Love had lost about 20 pounds before receiving the diagnosis about two weeks ago. He has since gained about half of it back.
Love started the first 11 games last season next to Vince Wilfork. Deaderick started the last five.
Love joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Mississippi State in 2010 and started 25 of the 41 regular-season games in which he played. He had 80 tackles and 5½ sacks.
MINOR LEAGUER SUSPENDED
Marlins minor leaguer gets 50-game drug suspension
NEW YORK (AP) - A minor league pitcher in the Miami Marlins' organization has been suspended 50 games for a drug violation.
The commissioner's office announced Thursday that right-hander Juan Arias has been penalized. Arias is on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Marlins.
Arias was suspended after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.
The suspension was the 20th this year under the minor league program.
Rays put Cy Young winner David Price on DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays have put AL Cy Young Award winner David Price on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left triceps.
This is the first time in Price's career that he has been on the DL. The left-hander departed his start Wednesday night against Boston in the third inning with the injury.
Price has struggled this season, going 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts.
Tampa Bay also recalled left-hander Alex Torres from AAA Durham.
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