CHOO LIFTS REDS OVER CUBS: Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning, and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night.
With no outs and the bases loaded, Choo jumped on the first pitch he got from Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) and lined it into the gap in right-center. Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco came around to score.
Sanchez walked the first two batters of the inning and Cesar Izturis reached on an error by third baseman Donnie Murphy to set up Choo's clutch swing.
Hoover (3-5) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings, running his scoreless streak to 21 games and 24 2-3 innings. Aroldis Chapman finished for his 29th save in 33 chances, closing out Cincinnati's sixth win in seven games.
RAILCATS RAINED OUT: The RailCats at Wichita Wingnuts game was rained out Tuesday night. The game will be made up today as part of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games. The first game begins at 5 p.m.
This will be the fourth doubleheader of the year for the RailCats and second with Wichita.
COLTS ACTIVATE BRADSHAW, ANGERER FROM PUP LIST: The Colts activated running back Ahmad Bradshaw and linebacker Pat Angerer from the physically unable to perform list.
Both are eligible to practice, though Bradshaw said Tuesday he would not play against the Giants, his former team, on Sunday night.
Track and field
EATONS MISS OUT ON DOUBLE GOLD AT WORLDS: The Eatons finished their working honeymoon in Russia on Tuesday, ever so close to making it a double-gold celebration at the world championships.
Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada failed to sufficiently shake Ganna Melnichenko in the final 800-meter race of the heptathlon and finished with a silver medal two days after husband Ashton Eaton won the decathlon.
Barely a month after marriage, they proved it was a near-perfect competitive match as she gained her first international medal.
Melnychenko won her first major competition with 6,586 points to 6,530 for Theisen Eaton.
It was a solid night for the Americans, as LaShawn Merritt and Tony McQuay went 1-2 in the 400 meters. Merritt won back his crown after losing it two years ago in South Korea to Kirani James, who finished seventh.
Nick Symmonds wound up second in the 800, giving the U.S. the highest medal in that event ever at the worlds.
Other winners Tuesday included Russia's Elena Lashmanova (20-kilometer walk), Germany's Robert Harting (discus) and Kenya's Milcah Chemos Cheywa (steeplechase).
FALL LEAGUE IN LAKE, PORTER COUNTIES TAKING REGISTRATION: The High School Fall Baseball League has expanded to 14 locations across the Midwest, including in Lake and Porter counties. Each location plays a six-week regular season beginning Aug. 25 and running through Oct. 13. Cost is $225 per player. The deadline to register is Sunday. To register, go to www.HSFBL.com.
VALPARAISO VIKINGS 11U TRYOUTS START SATURDAY: Tryouts for the Valparaiso Vikings 11-and-under baseball team will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Field of Dreams, 400 West 675 North. For details, call Tom Milroy at (219) 688-6308; email TomMilroyvalpovikingstravelball@comcast.net, or go to www.valpovikingstravelball.com.
STATELINE HITMEN 13U BASEBALL TRYOUTS SUNDAY: Tryouts for the Stateline Hitmen 13-and-under baseball team will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Park in Crete. For details, email Paul Siska at email@example.com.
SCHERERVILLE 12U TEAM TRYOUTS SUNDAY: The Schererville 12-and-under softball team will hold tryouts at 11 a.m. Sunday at Stephens Park's west field, 2255 Lincolnwood Road. For details, contact Al August at (219) 689-3608 or al14augWsbcglobal.net.
CHESTERTON LADY COUGAR 16U TRYOUTS THIS WEEKEND: Tryouts for the Chesterton Lady Cougar 16-and-under softball team will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dogwood Park. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. both days. For details, contact Nick Milzarek at (219) 916-4466 or Milzarek@comcast.net.
Around the horn
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