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Messiah deWeaver On How He Ended Up at Michigan State

HUBER HEIGHTS -- Former Trotwood and now Wayne QB Messiah deWeaver has known for sometime where he wanted to play college football and that was at Michigan State.
   "I felt the winning atmosphere, I felt it," deWeaver said.
   "I said this is a great, great program beating Baylor in the championship last year, winning the Rose Bowl against Stanford. It was a great opportunity I said the development of NFL quarterbacks this is probably the place for me to develop me into the best person I can be."
   Several schools remained in the mix over recent months most notably Mississippi State and Penn State but the senior-to-be never went on a visit to either school. Since going to East Lansing in December deWeaver knew where he wanted to be.
   "I went to Kentucky and like I said I didn't really want to take the visits because I already knew. But Mississippi State and Penn State were in my ear so I had to listen and they were great programs too. But I always knew I was going to Michigan State."
   deWeaver's announcement comes less than a year after initially committing to Michigan. But the QB made a difficult decision of decommitting from the Wolverines in December because it was clear he rushed his initial choice.
   "Once I committed I was full of energy, I was a sophomore, I'm like energy, 'I'm coming, I'm coming.' But after I sat down with my family I was like let's really  think about what's best for me. I looked over everything, I just kept coming up with Michigan State everytime I come up with Michigan State. I'm like let me wait a little bit and make sure."
   deWeaver did his due diligence the second time around and originally was going to commit next week but pushed it up because he was ready to end the recruiting process.
   "This is a big stress off my shoulders, I've been wanting to do this for some time now. Great to get it off and now I can focus on winning a state championship."
   Michigan State is set at quarterback with returning starter Connor Cook but deWeaver will enroll early in January in hopes of getting ready for the 2017 season and beyond.
   "They want me to come in early and compete and see where I'm at, if I redshirt that's great, I want to be able to get better and get my feet wet so to speak. After that redshirt year it's time to go they want me to come in and play."
Messiah deWeaver On How He Ended Up at Michigan State

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INDIANS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Danny Salazar pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Michael Bourn doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, stole a base and scored the go-ahead run for the Indians, who lost eight of 11 before their streak.

Salazar (9-6) walked one and struck out four to end a personal two-game slide. He has a 1.53 ERA over his last four starts, spanning 29 1/3 innings.

Cody Allen got the last three outs for his 21st save.

Edward Mujica (2-3) took the loss.

PIRATES-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit another homer at Great American Ball Park, and Pittsburgh's rebuilt bullpen was shaky but delivered on Friday night, holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Pirates got their first win of the season in Cincinnati -- they'd been 0-4 -- and finished July with a 17-9 record, the best in the National League.

McCutchen connected off Michael Lorenzen (3-6), and Jung Ho Kang had three doubles and drove in a run to support Jeff Locke (6-6). The left-hander lasted five innings and turned it over to the rebuilt bullpen.

Former Tigers closer Joakim Soria arrived a few hours before the game and slipped into his new role as setup man. He loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh -- a pair of walk got him in trouble -- but snagged Brayan Pena's liner over his head to end the threat

PADRES-INDIANS TRADE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have made their third trade this week, sending left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Abraham Almonte.

Rzepczynski went 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games this season. Earlier this week, the Indians, who recently lost six straight games and fell back in the AL wild-card race, dealt outfielder David Murphy to the Angels and sent slugger Brandon Moss to St. Louis.

The 26-year-old Almonte has split the season between San Diego and Triple-A El Paso, batting .275 with four homers, 35 RBIs and 11 steals in 61 games in the minors. He has spent two stints in the majors, batting .204 in 31 games. The 5-foot-9, switch-hitting center fielder began his career after signing with the Yankees in 2005.

Rzepczynski joined the Indians in 2013, coming over in a trade with St. Louis. He appeared in 73 games last season.

GIANTS-REDS TRADE

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have shipped starter Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of prospects, bolstering the defending World Series champions for another playoff run.

San Francisco needed one more solid starter, and got a young pitcher who has been at his best in July. The 27-year-old Leake has won his last four starts, allowing only two earned runs in 30 innings overall.

He threw eight innings of four-hit ball in a 4-0 win in St. Louis on Tuesday.

The Reds got infielder Adam Duvall and right-hander Keury Mella for Leake, who can become a free agent after the season.

The deal came six days after Cincinnati dealt ace Johnny Cueto to Kansas City for three minor league pitchers.

DEVILS-CASTRON

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have hired Paul Castron as their director of amateur scouting.

General manager Ray Shero announced the move on Friday, just weeks after saying that long-time scouting director David Conte would not be offered a new contract.

Castron will oversee all aspects of the club's amateur scouting operations. He spent the previous 16 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, including the last nine as director of amateur scouting.

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