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Morning Sports Report – 8/20/2014

Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Matt Holliday drew a leadoff walk to start the winning rally. He advanced to third on Matt Adams’ single. After Peter Bourjos ran for Holliday, Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases. Hoover then plunked Jay to force in Bourjos with the winning run. Pat Neshek pitched one inning of scoreless relief as the Cardinals won for the fifth time in six games and remained 2 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Reds have lost four in a row. The final game of the series can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM tonight with pregame scheduled for 6:45 and the first pitch at 7:15.

Ohio State says quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder. Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, left practice in pain Monday after making a throw. Ohio State said Tuesday Miller will require surgery. It’s a huge blow to the nation’s No. 5 team, which already has several major holes to fill on offense. The senior and three-year starter partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a loss to Clemson at the Orange Bowl. He had surgery, did not face contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices this month due to soreness. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller’s top backup and will likely be the starter in the Aug. 30 opener against Navy in Baltimore.

Browns coach Mike Pettine has not picked his starting quarterback. Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel haven’t convinced him they deserve the job. Pettine had been expected to announce whether Hoyer or Manziel, the hyped rookie, would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. But the decision has been delayed and could carry through to Cleveland’s third preseason game on Saturday. Pettine’s decision became tougher after Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday night. Manziel also made an obscene gesture toward the Redskins’ sideline, an act Pettine called “extremely disappointing”.

An African-American female pitcher from Philadelphia and a team from Chicago have created a buzz at the Little League World Series. Philly’s Mo’ne Davis and the Jackie Robinson West squad are the talk of the series; professional athletes and politicians alike are following their every move. Davis, one of two girls in this year’s tournament, is the unquestioned fan favorite. The crowd cheers her every pitch and at-bat. Paul Graziano, a LLWS press box announcer since 1980, says “two girls and a team from the inner city” at the series “will just bolster” Little League — which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Davis (1-0) will return to the mound tonight at 7:30 on ESPN when Philadelphia takes on Las Vegas.

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This article was posted on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 at 11:11 PM.
Last edited/updated on August 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM.
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