Morning Sports Report – 8/31/2016

C.J. Cron hit two home runs to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Tuesday night. Mike Trout went 3 for 4 with two doubles and scored on Cron’s home run in the first inning and on Andrelton Simmons’ bloop single in the eighth. Jered Weaver limited the Reds to two earned runs and eight hits, walked none and struck out five. Weaver pitched into the seventh inning for the first time since July 17, but ran into trouble after getting the first out. Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer to make it 3-2 and Jose Peraza hit a line drive single to right field. Mike Morin relieved and retired the next two batters to strand Peraza.

A person familiar with the trade says the Cleveland Indians are nearing a deal to acquire outfielder Coco Crisp from the Oakland Athletics. The trade would have to be official by today for Crisp to be eligible for the postseason. The Indians entered Tuesday leading the AL Central by 4 1/2 games. Cleveland has a need for outfield depth because left fielder Michael Brantley is out for the season following surgery and Abraham Almonte is ineligible for the playoffs following a PED suspension. The 36-year-old Crisp is batting .234 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 102 games this season. He previously played in Cleveland from 2002-05.

The Cincinnati Bengals released receiver Brandon Tate — the franchise leader in punt returns — as part of their moves to reach the 75-man roster limit on Tuesday. Tate played in 80 games during five seasons with the Bengals, starting seven times. His main contribution was as a kick returner. He returned 149 punts for 1,411 yards, both club records. He also returned 145 kickoffs. The Bengals used rookies Alex Erickson and Tyler Boyd to return punts during the preseason. Defensive tackle Brandon Thompson was put on an injury list that would allow him to return after six weeks. He’s recovering from a knee injury at the end of last season.

Ryan Lochte isn’t saying whether he’ll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics. Lochte told ABC’s “Good Morning America” his legal team is dealing with the situation.  Despite his current woes, Lochte was named Tuesday as one of the contestants on the upcoming edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Lochte admits he lied about having a gun held to his head at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, where he and three other American swimmers had stopped to use a restroom. Lochte says he has offered to reimburse fellow swimmer James Feigen for a nearly $11,000 fine Feigen paid to resolve legal issues and leave the country.

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