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April 9, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season in his third start, powered by four Cleveland home runs that sent the Indians over the Detroit Tigers 8-2. The Indians won their fifth straight game. Detroit had won five in a row. Leonys Martin, Brad Miller, Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers all entered with sub-.200 batting averages before hitting their first homers of the season. Cleveland had hit a total of only four home runs this year before connecting at Comerica Park.

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer has been suspended for five games, Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig for two and Reds manager David Bell for one for their roles in a bench-clearing fracas last weekend. Archer has appealed his penalty and will play pending a decision. Cincinnati’s Derek Dietrich stood in the batter’s box to admire his long home run Sunday, and two innings later Archer threw his first pitch behind the waist of Dietrich. The benches and bullpens emptied.

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov for what the league called unacceptable off-ice conduct. Bettman says he determined after a league investigation and a March 21 hearing that Voynov engaged in acts of domestic violence directed at his wife.

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin has “stepped down” as basketball coach at St. John’s. Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, saying in a statement the team “progressed well” during Mullin’s four years. Mullin says in a separate statement he had suffered a “recent personal loss.” He did not elaborate but his older brother died last month. Mullin, the greatest player in school history, had two years remaining on his contract. He was coming off his first winning season and only trip to the NCAAs.

BOSTON (AP) Massachusetts’ top federal prosecutor is hitting back against defense attorneys who accused his office of “judge shopping” to get a college admissions bribery case in front of a tough judge. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling responded Tuesday to a letter sent by the lawyers that criticized prosecutors for adding parents charged in the scheme to an indictment already assigned to Judge Nathaniel Gorton. Lelling called the attorneys’ letter “inappropriate” and a ”‘Hail Mary’ by people who know better.”