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Kipnis has HR, 3 RBIs to lead Indians past Brewers, 6-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Jason Kipnis homered and drove in three runs, and the Cleveland Indians used six pitchers in a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

Kipnis, who leads the American League with a .325 batting average, gave Cleveland the lead with a two-run double with the bases loaded in the second inning. He added a solo homer in the eighth.

Rookie right-hander Cody Anderson, starting in place of the injured Carlos Carrasco, allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings. Carrasco, who leads the Indians in wins, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sore right shoulder.

Jeff Manship (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings for his first win since April 26, 2014, when he was pitching for Philadelphia against Arizona.

Jimmy Nelson (10-10) allowed five runs and walked eight in 3 1/3 innings in losing for the first time since July 10.


Packers look for group effort to replace Jordy Nelson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The process of finding receivers to fill the void left by Jordy Nelson's season-ending injury has started in earnest at Packers camp.

Coach Mike McCarthy says no one man can pick up the slack.

Randall Cobb caught 91 passes last year from MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, second on the team only to Nelson's 98. Now Cobb is clear the top option with Nelson out with a right knee injury.

McCarthy said that doesn't necessarily change Cobb's role. He said before practice on Wednesday that he team isn't putting pressure on any one individual to do more to replace the productive Nelson.

The next preseason game on Saturday against Philadelphia will be important for younger receivers to make an impression.


Escobar hits 2 homers, Twins beat Rays 5-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Eduardo Escobar homered twice and Joe Mauer had a tiebreaking RBI single as Minnesota beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Wednesday night for the Twins' sixth consecutive win.

Minnesota has its longest winning streak away from home since a six-game stretch Aug. 14-26, 2007. The Twins are 6-3 entering the final game of a 10-game trip Thursday night.

Escobar hit solo shots in the sixth and eighth innings, with the second one making 5-3. Mauer had a bases-loaded single and Trevor Plouffe hit a sacrifice fly as the Twins took a 4-2 lead in the seventh.

Brian Duensing (4-0) replaced Twins starter Tyler Duffey with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, and retired Daniel Nava and pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer to preserve a 2-2 tie. Kevin Jepsen pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Rays starter Chris Archer (11-10) took the loss.


NFL, union still in dispute over Peterson suspension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The NFL Players Association remains at odds with the league regarding Adrian Peterson's suspension, despite the resumption of the running back's career with the Minnesota Vikings more than two months ago.

NFLPA and NFL lawyers traded arguments Wednesday in front of U.S. District Judge David Doty on the union's contempt of court motion that was filed in May. NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler told Doty such a move was necessary to push the league to send Peterson's appeal back to arbitration, as ordered by Doty in February.

The lead lawyer for the NFL, Dan Nash, accused the union of unfairly using Peterson's example to stage a larger fight over the personal conduct policy. Nash argued that the league's disagreement with the NFLPA's legal position do not constitute contempt of court.