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Frazier's 3-Run HR Lifts Reds to Opening Day Win

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Monday, overcoming another stumble by the bullpen and rallying the Cincinnati Reds to an opening 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto singled before Frazier connected against Tony Watson (0-1), snapping a 2-2 tie.
Johnny Cueto, the Reds' 20-game winner in the final year of a contract, opened his uncertain season with another dominating performance against the Pirates. He fanned 10 batters in seven innings before turning a 2-0 lead over to a bullpen that was a big problem last season.
Andrew McCutchen tied it with a two-run shot off newcomer Kevin Gregg.

Jumbo Diaz (1-0) got the final out in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman fanned two of the three batters he faced for the save.Frazier's 3-Run HR Lifts Reds to Opening Day Win

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INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT (AP) -- Jerry Sands homered, tripled and scored twice and Josh Tomlin pitched a four-hitter as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 Friday night.

The Indians have won 10 of 14 as they try to stay in the American League wild-card race. Detroit has lost seven of eight and been outscored 71-21 in that stretch.

Tomlin (4-1) was moved up a day after scheduled starter Corey Kluber couldn't overcome a hamstring strain sustained in a bullpen session earlier in the week. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. His last complete game was June 28, 2014 in Seattle.

Kyle Lobstein (3-6), who had been sidelined since May 23 with a shoulder injury, allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

BREWERS-REDS PPD

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Storms moved into the area shortly before the start of the Milwaukee Brewers' scheduled game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night and didn't relent, prompting the third postponement this season at Great American Ball Park.

The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with the makeup game at 6:10 p.m. It's Milwaukee's final visit to Cincinnati, where the Brewers have won their last four games. They lead the season series 7-6.

There's nothing at stake for either team. Milwaukee is fourth in the NL Central at 58-75, trailing first-place St. Louis by 28 games. The Reds are last at 55-77, trailing by 30 1/2 games.

It was the 15th rain delay at Great American this season totaling 21 hours, 46 minutes. Including road games, the Reds have been involved in 21 weather delays lasting a combined 27 hours, 45 minutes.

INDIANS-KLUBER SCRATCHED

DETROIT (AP) -- The Indians scratched ace Corey Kluber from his scheduled start against the Tigers because of a strained right hamstring.

Kluber, last season's AL Cy Young winner, couldn't overcome the strain sustained in a bullpen session earlier in the week.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona expects Kluber to miss at least 10 days. If right-hander Carlos Carrasco gets though a Saturday bullpen with no setbacks to his shoulder, he will replace Kluber in the rotation.

Josh Tomlin replaced Kluber Friday night to start the series opener at Comerica Park. He allowed one run and a walk while striking out six. It was his third complete game, with the last one coming June 28, 2014, in Seattle.

Danny Salazar will pitch Saturday, and the Indians have not yet named Sunday's starter.

Kluber is 8-13 with a 3.41 ERA, but the right-hander has pitched much better than his record shows as Cleveland's offense hasn't given him much run support. He leads the league with 200 1/3 innings and is third with 219 strikeouts.

BROWNS-MANZIEL

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been throwing tennis and weighted balls as he recovers from a sore right elbow.

Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel is "on schedule" in his rehab program and that he could begin throwing a football again as early as Friday. Manziel has been dealing with tendinitis in his forearm and elbow, a condition that has bothered him since his freshman year at Texas A&M.

Manziel hasn't thrown a football since Aug. 11 and the Browns sat him in their final two exhibitions. There's a chance Manziel may not be ready for the Sept. 13 season opener. Thad Lewis has moved ahead of Manziel as the backup to starter Josh McCown.

Pettine said the team has not yet decided if it will keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

KENT STATE-ILLINOIS-LIGHTNING

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Kent State and Illinois postponed their season-opening game until Saturday after a lightning delay of almost three hours on Friday night.

The school's athletic directors decided to push the game back to a 1 p.m. Central time kickoff. Illinois sports information director Kent Brown said it will not be televised.

Brown said tickets to Friday's game will be honored Saturday.

The lightning rolled into the Champaign area around 7:30 p.m. Kickoff was scheduled for just after 8 p.m.

Many fans waited in the concourses of Memorial Stadium through the delay.

Kent State sports information director Aaron Chimenti said the Golden Flashes were looking late Friday for hotel rooms for a party of about 145 people. He estimated the cost of the extra night at about $8,000, not including meals.

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