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Morning Sports Report – 7/29/2014

Nick Ahmed’s RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long. Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings. Ahmed’s single off J.J. Hoover gave the Reds their ninth loss in 10 games since the All-Star break, a slump that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since June 21. The offense has been the problem, scoring only 17 runs in those 10 games, by far the fewest in the majors. Oliver Perez  gave up a hit and a walk in two innings. Addison Reed got his 25th save in 30 chances. Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in the ninth, extending his major league record for a reliever to 44 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.

The Reds and Diamondbacks will be back at it again tonight inside Great American Ballpark. Tonight’s game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pre game scheduled for 6:40 and the first pitch at 7:10.

James Loney had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 and Chicago beat Colorado 4-1 in other NL Central games Monday.

Only a couple of weeks ago, the Reds were one of the hottest teams in baseball and definitely buyers ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Then they rolled out of the All-Star break with a losing streak and lost ground to the first-place Brewers in the National League Central. Now they seem to need a lot more than just a bat for offense. One could wonder whether the wiser move would be start selling at the Deadline and start retooling for 2015. General Manager and president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty — in the final year of his contract — and CEO Bob Castellini both still seem focused on adding help to try to remain in the race. One of the two NL Wild Card spots is still a very realistic possibility, and another hot streak could reel in the Brewers.

The Los Angeles Clippers have dropped 1,671 regular-season games since Donald Sterling purchased his team in the spring of 1981. Barring any more litigation, Sterling has experienced his last loss with the team. A judge has ruled against Sterling in his attempt to block the record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife in the case that arose after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the league for making offensive remarks about blacks. Shelly Sterling sought the court’s approval for the deal she negotiated after taking control of a family trust. She removed her husband as a trustee after two doctors found he had Alzheimer’s disease and couldn’t manage his affairs. Donald Sterling claimed his wife deceived him about the medical exams and has vowed to fight the NBA until his death.

On your radio dial tonight at 6:06, it’s the Sports Fan presented by J&K Contracting on 970WATH and 97.1FM.

This article was posted on Monday, 28 July 2014 at 11:10 PM.
Last edited/updated on July 28, 2014 at 11:10 PM.
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