Here is the latest Florida sports news from The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Tampa Bay Rays handed reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber his fourth straight loss with a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night. Longoria, who has been playing with a sore left wrist, hit his first home run since June 10. The Rays have won four straight and eight of nine to climb to a season-high 10 games over .500 (40-30).

CINCINNATI (AP) — Left-hander Justin Nicolino pitched seven innings to win his major league debut and Derek Dietrich hit two home runs as the Miami Marlins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night. The efficient Nicolino allowed four hits with two walks and two strikeouts while outpitching Anthony DeSclafani, his former roommate in the Toronto and Miami organizations.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez left the game against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning with a strained right groin. Ramirez went into the game with a 6-2 record and had won four consecutive starts.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Miami Marlins recalled lefty Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans to start Saturday in his major league debut against Cincinnati. Nicolino replaced right-hander Tom Koehler, who was scratched with neck and back problems. Nicolino, 23, was 4-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 starts for the Zephyrs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus