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Scoreboard Roundup - 8/20/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (56-71) - Seattle Mariners 3 (68-58)

Texas Rangers 5 (49-77) - Miami Marlins 4 (63-63)

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Indians 1B/OF Nick Swisher Has Knee Surgery


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher underwent surgery on both his knees Wednesday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Swisher had the operation after getting a second opinion from Dr. Neil Elattrache in Los Angeles, who confirmed that the 33-year-old has chronic discomfort in both knees as a result of wear and tear.

Swisher is expected fully recover after 8 to 10 weeks of rehabilitation.

In 97 games this season with the Indians, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs. He has hit 239 homers across 11 big league seasons with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and the Indians.

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Utley Leads Phillies over Mariners, 4-3


iStockphoto(PHILADELPHIA) -- Phillies second baseman Chase Utley drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning as Philadelphia (56-71) defeated the Seattle Mariners (68-58), 4-3 on Wednesday.

With the game tied at 3-3 in the fourth, Utley took a 3-2 pitch from Mariners starter James Paxton and singled to right, allowing shortstop Jimmy Rollins to score. Paxton finished the day coughing up seven hits and one earned run in four innings of work.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels picked up his seventh win of the season, giving up three earned runs and nine hits in five innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 30th save of the season.

Mariners first baseman Kendrys Morales hit his fourth home run of the season in the second inning.

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Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starter over Manziel


Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- The Cleveland Browns announced that Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback entering the 2014 season on Wednesday.

Hoyer and Johnny Manziel were in a quarterback competition all camp and preseason, but Hoyer's veteran experience is what put him over the top.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning," Browns head coach Mike Pettine said in a statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."

The announcement comes after the No. 22 pick in this year's draft gave the middle finger to fans during their Monday night game against Washington.

"I need to earn everything for me to get in," said Manziel.. "Nothing should be given to me, I completely understand that. I need to continue to come in here every day and get better and be around these guys and let them know who I am and how I am." Coach Mike Pettine said after Wednesday's practice that there are no plans to develop a package of plays for Manziel, who starred at Texas A&M but has been slow to adjust to playing under center and learning a new playbook. Manziel said the coach gave him no reason for the decision."

Hoyer has only four starts in his career and completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards on Monday night.

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Tiger Woods Says He Needs a Month or Two to Get Back into Shape


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) -- Tiger Woods won't be playing in the Ryder Cup in September and said that he needs some time before he gets back into the swing of things.

Woods suffered severe back pain throughout the 2014 PGA season and withdrew from the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone classic before failing to make the cut at the PGA Championship.

"It's probably going to be a month or two," Woods said at an event Monday night in New Jersey. "I just need to get strong. It's one of the things that when I took that fall at Firestone No. 2, I hadn't done any agility work, so that's part of the deal."

The 14-time major champion said last week that doctors advised not to play or practice, which led to him withdrawing from consideration for the Ryder Cup team.

Woods is aiming for a Dec. 4 return for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

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Novak Djokovic No. 1 Seed at US Open


LEON NEAL/AFB/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With defending Open champion Rafael Nadal out, Novak Djokovic will be the No. 1 seed in Flushing, Queens next week.

Nadal withdrew from the Open on Monday due to a wrist injury and Djokovic was named the top-ranked seed on Tuesday. The 27-year-old is seeking his eighth Grand Slam title for his career.

Five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer was named the No. 2 seed and is looking for his 18th Grand Slam.

Djokovic beat Federer in five sets for the Wimbledon title last month and the two can only meet in the finals.

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49ers Sign DT Dorsey to 2-Year Extension


National Football League(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Offensive Tackle Glenn Dorsey signed a two-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday that keeps him with the team through the 2016 season.

Dorsey joined the 49ers in 2013 after playing his first five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 6-foot-2, 316-pound Dorsey played in all 16 games last season recording two sacks and 30 tackles. He also appeared in all three of the team's playoff games.

"Glenn is a true pro who has quickly become a valued contributor to our organization both on and off the field," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "He is a quick study and a very good football player that has earned this extension, and we look forward to his future contributions."

The 29-year-old Dorsey was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chiefs.

During his six-year NFL career, Dorsey has started 78 of the 82 games he appeared in, compiling 189 tackles, six sacks, and one forced fumble.

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NBA Referee Dick Bavetta is Calling It a Career


Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- NBA referee Dick Bavetta officially retired on Tuesday.

Bavetta began his NBA officiating career on Dec. 2, 1975 and hasn't missed an assigned game since. He finishes his career having refereed in a record 2,635 consecutive regular season games.

The 74-year-old Bavetta also worked three NBA All-Star games, the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona and 27 NBA Finals games.

"On behalf of myself and the entire Bavetta family, I would like to thank the NBA family and the National Basketball Referee Association for allowing me the honor and the privilege of representing them for 39 wonderful years," Bavetta said.

"I am most proud of never having missed an assigned game, be it exhibition, regular season, or playoffs, throughout my entire career. It really has been a great run."

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Steelers Ink Gilbert to New 6-Year Deal


Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers inked right tackle Marcus Gilbert to a new six-year contract Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Gilbert was in the final year of his contract, and ESPN's Scott Brown reports the deal is worth up to $30.8 million and includes a $7.65 million signing bonus.

“It means I am locked in hopefully as a Steeler for the rest of my career,” Gilbert said on the team website. “It’s a blessing to work for a great organization, the Rooney family, Kevin Colbert and Coach (Mike) Tomlin. Just to be around in Pittsburgh, where they show you so much love, I couldn’t be happier and in a better place.”

Gilbert was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Steelers. During his three seasons in Pittsburgh, Gilbert has started 34 games, including all 16 last season.

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Cardinals Place Ellis on DL


Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday with a left oblique strain.

The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

The 37-year-old Ellis has backed up Kolten Wong for most of the second half of the season. Ellis has played in 65 games this season and is hitting .192 with no home runs, 15 runs scored, 12 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .267 on-base percentage.

Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny said the team is "pretty optimistic" that Ellis will only need the minimum stay on the DL.

Infielder Greg Garcia was promoted from Triple-A Memphis to take Ellis' place.

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