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CLEVELAND — With a four-game lead in the AL Central, the Indians return from a long road trip and open a short interleague series against Washington with All-Star Danny Salazar facing Nationals left-hander-hander Gio Gonzalez. By Tom Withers. . UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain pitches for the San Francisco Giants in the middle game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10:15 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Thrust into an awkward situation in January, Tyronn Lue finished on top in June. On Tuesday, the affable coach was rewarded for the greatest run by a Cleveland team in more than a half-century. By Tom Withers. SENT: 430 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — Owner Mike Brown is being very patient with his one-and-done Bengals, keeping the team intact — including coach Marvin Lewis — even though it has lost its opening-round playoff game an NFL record five straight years. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— HALL OF FAME-PRESENTERS: Pro Football Hall of Fame coaches John Madden and Marv Levy are among the presenters chosen to welcome the eight-person Class of 2016 at the induction ceremonies on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio. SENT: 130 words.