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Urban Meyer, Buckeyes Toss First Pitch at Reds' Opening Night

CINCINNATI -- Members of Ohio State’s 2014 national championship football team were honored Wednesday evening as part of the Cincinnati Reds’ opening night festivities at Great American Ball Park. The Reds were hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates in their second game of the season.
It didn’t matter that proceedings were delayed nearly two hours by a rain delay. The Buckeyes, and the fans sitting out the rain delay, had a really good time.
Coach Urban Meyer, who has an extensive family history in the city and who is a 1986 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, assistant coach and longtime Cincinnati Colerain head football coach Kerry Combs, and Cincinnati Buckeyes Adolphus Washington (Taft High School) and Joe Burger (LaSalle) threw out ceremonial first pitches.
All 40 members of the team who were in attendance, including quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett, senior tight end Nick Vannett and returning starters Joshua Perry, Tyvis Powell and Pat Elflein, had field duty during the playing of the National Anthem as they were in charge of holding the giant American flag of America in centerfield.
A loud and raucous group of fans cheered and celebrated the Buckeyes as each player walked the Reds’ Carpet before the game.
And the Reds presented Meyer with an oversized check in the amount of $3,000, a total that will be donated to the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

The team didn’t get to see any baseball, and it was a school night, so the players and staff loaded up the busses for the trip back to Columbus about 9:20 p.m. TVs were turned on and tuned into the game. It was about to start.  
Urban Meyer, Buckeyes Toss First Pitch at Reds' Opening Night

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BREWERS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jimmy Nelson won his career-best third consecutive start and the Milwaukee Brewers rode a six-run fifth inning to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Six Brewers each drove in one run as Milwaukee extended its best winning streak in more than a year to seven games. Adam Lind homered and Jean Segura had three hits, helping suddenly explosive Milwaukee has scored 47 runs in the first six games of the current road trip.

The winning streak is the Brewers' longest since they won nine straight from April 4 through April 13, 2014.

Nelson (6-8) overcame solo home runs by Marlon Byrd and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to last 5 2-3 innings. He gave up eight hits and three runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

MLS-RED BULLS-CREW

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kei Kamara set up Ethan Finlay's two goals, and the Columbus Crew rallied to beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday night.

The Kamara-to-Finlay connection was a role reversal for the league leaders in goals (Kamara 12) and assists (Finlay 10).

Finlay punched in Kamara's header to give Columbus the lead in the 74th minute. The Crew (6-6-6) held on from there and moved ahead of the Red Bulls (6-6-5) in the Eastern Conference standings.

Anatole Abang put the Red Bulls in front in the eighth minute, beating goalkeeper Steve Clark with a roller inside the far post.

Finlay tied it in the 33rd, taking a flick header from Kamara, cutting back and curling a left-footed shot into the net. Clark was credited with an assist on the long ball to Kamara.

Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch was sent off in stoppage time.

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