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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Solid pitching from Johnny Cueto was all the Cincinnati Reds were looking for on Sunday. His deft work with the bat was a bonus. Cueto pitched six solid innings and drove in a run with a perfect suicide-squeeze in his return to the rotation and Jay Bruce homered to lift the Reds over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1. Donald Lutz drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single, and Zack Cozart and Joey Votto each had two hits as Cincinnati rebounded after losing 6-0 on Saturday. Cueto, activated from the disabled list Sunday, improved to 4-0 in his seventh start of the season. He allowed five hits and one run with three strikeouts and no walks as the Reds took two of three in the weekend series. Cueto also eased the fears of manager Dusty Baker. "We only had one worry with Johnny Cueto -- was his (shoulder) OK," Baker said. "Other than that, we dont worry about Johnny Cueto." Cueto made his first start since a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh on May 31. He was placed on the disabled list on June 5 for the second time this season because of a strained muscle in his right shoulder. Alfredo Simon allowed two hits and had six strikeouts in three innings of relief for his first save of the season and second in two years with Cincinnati. Simon, who struck out all six batters he faced in a two-inning effort against Atlanta on May 6, struck out the last five batters he faced on Sunday. "My breaking ball and two-seamer were working really good," Simon said. "It was good to give our bullpen a rest." Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta gave up all five Reds runs -- four earned -- in 5 1-3 innings. The slumping Peralta (4-8) fell to 1-6 in his last seven starts. Carlos Gomez hit the first pitch he saw -- and Cuetos seventh pitch -- into the left-field seats for his 12th homer of the season to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. "In the first inning, I had too many thoughts," Cueto said through an interpreter. "I was thinking too much. Finally, it was over. When I got to the dugout, Cesar Izturis said, Just do what you normally do. If it breaks again, well fix it." "Johnny hung a slider to Gomez," Baker said. "That was the only mistake he made." The Reds tied it with an unearned run without benefit of a hit in the second. Xavier Paul led off with a walk, and Jack Hannahan followed with a chopper to second baseman Rickie Weeks, whose throw bounced past first baseman Juan Francisco for an error. Hannahan was forced out, and Paul moved to third on Ryan Hanigans grounder. Cueto drove in Paul, who broke for the plate on the pitch, with a suicide-squeeze bunt he said he didnt see. "I thought it was going to hit me," Cueto said. "I closed my eyes." Baker had no hesitation about flashing that signal. "We have confidence in Johnny in almost everything," he said. "That was a situation where it was threatening to rain, and we wanted to get the lead before it rained." Cozart led off the third with a double into the left-field corner, went to third on Vottos groundout, and scored the go-ahead run on Brandon Phillipss checked-swing chopper back to Peralta, who dropped the ball and had to scramble and settle for the out at first. The Brewers couldnt afford such mistakes with the way Cueto was pitching, manager Ron Roenicke said. "Defensively, we didnt play well," Roenicke said. "Offensively, we didnt have a lot of opportunities." Bruce followed with his 12th homer, a 469-foot drive, that landed two-thirds of the way up the right-field seats. He was more impressed with Cuetos performance. "That was very good," he said. "I think everybody at this point was holding their breath and hoping he could come out of the game feeling good," Bruce said. "It looks like he did. Im glad today went well." The Reds added two runs with one out in the sixth on Hannahans walk, Hanigans double off the left-field wall, and Lutzs pinch-hit single up the middle against Mike Gonzalez. NOTES: The Reds optioned RHP Pedro Villareal to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the roster for Cueto. ... Reds OF Chris Heisey is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Heisey has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right hamstring. ... Milwaukee RHP Marco Estrada is expected to throw a bullpen session Monday. Estrada has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a strained left hamstring ... The Reds will open their first home series against Central Division rival Pittsburgh. RHP Mike Leake (6-3) is scheduled to start Monday for Cincinnati. ... Milwaukee is off Monday before opening a three-game series in Houston. Alfredo Figaro (1-0) is scheduled to start on Tuesday. Owen Daniels Youth Jersey . The Leafs head coach had an up-front conversation with Mikhail Grabovski at the tail-end of Wednesdays morning skate at Consol Energy Center, impressing upon him the need for increased tenacity or a return to his usual form. DeAndre Hopkins Camo Jersey . Nova (3-2) was charged with an unearned run in 7 1/3 innings, helping the Yankees avoid a fourth consecutive loss. The right-hander scattered two hits and walked one. We needed a lift after the way we played in Detroit, losing three games in a row after winning the first one off of (Justin) Verlander, said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. . With Harvins variety-pack production, Adrian Petersons post-injury resurgence and a restored defence, the Vikings are sure soaring right now. DeAndre Hopkins Youth Jersey . -- Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder refiled a defamation lawsuit against the Washington City Paper on Tuesday, marking a change in strategy by the billionaire businessman. Brian Cushing Texans Jersey . All their attention was focused on whether his troublesome left hamstring would result in a lengthy absence from the lineup. Kemp, who leads the Los Angeles Dodgers with 12 homers and a .BALTIMORE -- Orioles rookie third baseman Manny Machado was a 4-year-old when Baltimore and the New York Yankees last met in the post-season. In case the kid needs a quick history lesson, left-hander David Wells won a game for Baltimore, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry homered for the Yankees, and a youngster named Jeffrey Maier stuck his glove in the middle of the whole thing. The 1996 AL Championship Series was a lifetime ago for many Orioles fans and a rather meaningless event in the development of Machado, now 20 and a key player in Baltimores improbable, magnificent 2012 season. Sixteen years after the Yankees ousted the Orioles from the playoffs and advanced to the World Series, the teams resume their rivalry Sunday night in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. It will be Baltimores first home post-season game since 1997. The Orioles spent much of the season chasing New York in the AL East, and now they have an opportunity to get the better of the Yankees in a far more significant scenario. After New York swept a three-game set in Baltimore in April, the Orioles rebounded to forge a split of the 18-game season series. "Weve played those guys a lot this year. We know what theyve got, they know what weve got," Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds said. "Itll come down to a big pitch or a big at-bat." Or, the outcome could be influenced by a fan in pursuit of a souvenir. In the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS, Maier stuck his glove over the right-field wall and appeared to rob Tony Tarasco of the chance to catch a deep fly hit by Derek Jeter. Umpire Rich Garcia called it a home run, and the Yankees won in extra innings en route to capturing the series 4-1. Jeter and Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte, who won the decisive fifth game of that series and is expected to start in Game 2 on Monday night, have been to many playoff series since. In this one, they enter as part of a team that went 14-4 down the stretch to finish with the ALs best record. And yet, the Yankees open the series on the road. "Thats the topic of disscussion right now but, you know, this is a one year thing and were going to have to win some games on the road most likely anyway if we make it to the promised land," Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said.dddddddddddd"Were not going to complain about starting the first two on the road." And the Orioles? Well, theyre delighted to be playing in front of their home fans, but really, theyre just happy to be playing at this time of year -- period. After their abrupt exit from the post-season in 1996, the Orioles returned in 1997. Fourteen straight losing seasons followed before they put together an unimaginable 93-69 record this year under former Yankees manager Buck Showalter. For an encore, Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers and their best pitcher Yu Darvish 5-1 on Friday night in the one-game, win-or-go-home wild-card round. The Yankees first-game starter will be ace CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38 ERA). The big left-hander came into the season 16-2 lifetime versus the Orioles and 10-1 in Baltimore, but that was against the old Orioles. This year, he went 0-2 in three starts at Camden Yards. On Sept. 8, Sabathia yielded five runs and eight hits -- including three homers -- in 6 1-3 innings. That prompted questions about his health, and Sabathia insisted he was fine. He proved it in his final three starts of the regular season, going 2-0 while allowing four runs and 13 hits in 24 innings. New York comes in as the favourite, but that means nothing to the Orioles. Getting a fine start from August addition Joe Saunders, Baltimore knocked off the two-time defending AL champs on Friday night in Texas. "The Rangers were the consensus favourite to win the American League, and for us to come out of nowhere was pretty awesome," reliever Darren ODay said. "We were picked to finish in the basement in the AL East. The only guys who believed in us were the guys in our clubhouse. We just kept playing." And so, the Orioles will keep playing well into October. "People thought wed be making tee times right now," ODay said. wholesale jerseys china ' ' ' 

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