CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto extended his longest hitting streak of the season to 14 games, Stuart Turner hit his first major league homer, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 on Wednesday night. Votto had a double and a single off left-hander Travis Wood (2-4), who made his third start since San Diego acquired him in a trade with Kansas City.
UNDATED (AP) — The Cubs now lead the NL Central by 1 ½ games over Milwaukee and St. Louis following Chicago’s 3-1 loss at San Francisco. Jarrett Parker hit a tiebreaking single and Hunter Pence homered to back Madison Bumgarner, who limited the Cubs to five hits over seven innings. Bartolo Colon worked seven innings to lead Minnesota’s 4-0 shutout of the Brewers, and Yadier Molina belted a go-ahead, grand slam to lead the Cardinals to their fifth consecutive win, 8-5 over Kansas City.
UNDATED (AP) — Boston’s eighth consecutive win keeps the Red Sox four games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Bosox scored five runs without an RBI, thanks to a pair of errors, two wild pitches and a passed ball in an 8-2 trouncing of Tampa Bay. The Yankees kept pace by getting homers from Todd Frazier, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius in an 11-5 rout of Toronto.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will appear in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on Sept. 11 in Covington, Kentucky. Ole Miss released documents detailing the hearing on Wednesday on its website. The NCAA says the panel has set aside “two-three full days for this hearing.” NCAA infractions hearings are closed to the public.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis was back with the Bengals on Wednesday after missing a practice to have a knee problem checked. Lewis had scans on a swollen knee Tuesday at the hospital. He plans to coach the Bengals’ preseason opener at Paul Brown Stadium on Friday against Tampa Bay.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Kendall Langford after he failed a physical. Langford went on the physically unable to perform list before training camp with an injured knee.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — William Byron will replace Kasey Kahne next season at Hendrick Motorsports, the latest teenager to earn a promotion to NASCAR’s top level. The 19-year-old Byron will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet in the Cup series. Kahne and Hendrick announced their split earlier this week.