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ASTROS-ORIOLES

Orioles hit 6 HRs in 13-5 rout of slumping Astros

BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis each hit two of Baltimore's six home runs, Hyun Soo Kim had a career-high four hits and the Orioles beat rookie Joe Musgrove and the skidding Houston Astros 13-5 on Thursday night.

Mark Trumbo and Manny Machado also homered to help the Orioles improve to 40-19 at home and climb into a second-place tie with Boston in the AL East. The 13 runs matched a season high, set June 1 against Boston.

Trumbo set the tone in the first inning with his major league-leading 35th home run, a three-run shot to left against Musgrove, who looked every bit like a 23-year-old rookie making his third major league start.

Musgrove (1-1) gave up eight runs and 11 hits — including three homers — over 5 1/3 innings.

Alex Bregman and A.J. Reed homered for the Astros. They have lost five straight.

Kevin Gausman (4-10) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings for Baltimore, giving up five runs, four earned.

BIG 12 EXPANSION

Big 12 commissioner emails Houston about expansion procedure

IRVING, Texas (AP) —An email Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby sent late last month to the president of the University of Houston says the conference has "finalized our procedures for consideration of potential" new members.

The email was first reported by ESPN on Thursday and later obtained by The Associated Press.

The Big 12 announced July 19th that its presidents had authorized Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools for possible expansion of the 10-team conference. The conference has not commented publicly on its plans.

In an email dated July 26th from Bowlsby to University of Houston President Renu Khator, the commissioner wrote: "We have finalized our procedures for consideration of potential Big 12 Conference members and, pursuant to your email of last week, I am writing to inform you of the process."

BROWNS-FALCONS

RG3 throws 2 TDs in Browns 24-13 loss to Falcons

CLEVELAND (AP) — Robert Griffin the Third threw two touchdown passes in the first half in his home debut for Cleveland in the Browns' 24-13 exhibition loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday night.

Griffin found wide receiver Terrelle Pryor streaking down the right sideline on Cleveland's second drive of the game for a 50-yard scoring strike. Griffin connected with tight end Gary Barnridge for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Griffin, who signed with the Browns (0-2) after being released by Washington, was 6 of 8 for 96 yards in four series. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor also gained 36 yards on three carries, including a 22-yarder.

Browns receiver Corey Coleman, the team's top draft pick, has yet to play in the preseason because of a left hamstring injury. Receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice Tuesday but didn't play. He is suspended for the first four games of the regular season after missing the entire 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

COWBOYS-DOLPHINS

Romo to play a series or two vs Miami Dolphins

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) —Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will make his preseason debut at home against Miami on Friday night a week after his top option, receiver Dez Bryant, made a surprise appearance and scored a touchdown in the first NFL game in Los Angeles since 1994.

Romo should be joined for a brief appearance by tight end Jason Witten, but rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will wait another week for his first pro outing. The fourth overall pick in the draft was slowed by a mild hamstring injury in training camp, which wrapped up Wednesday in Oxnard, California.

It will be Round 2 for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and crew after gaining 8 yards on seven snaps in an exhibition opener more notable for three Miami takeaways in the second quarter of a 27-10 win over the New York Giants.

The Miami offense is much more unsettled than Dallas in terms of who will start, including a competition at running back between Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi. Foster, limited to four games because of torn Achilles tendon in the last of his seven seasons in Houston, sat out the preseason opener.

RANDLE-TRIALS

Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle to stand trial in Kansas

(Information in the following story is from: KSNW-TV.)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge has ruled there's enough evidence to try former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle on charges from two different cases.

KSN-TV reports that Judge John Kisner said after a preliminary hearing Thursday in Sedgwick County that there's enough evidence to bind Randle over for trial in an aggravated battery case for allegedly backing his car into three people while leaving a party.

The judge also bound Randle over for trial on one count of interfering with law enforcement for allegedly dodging a warrant.

Court dates weren't set.

Kisner did not rule on whether Randle will stand trial in a third case involving a criminal threat against a Sedgwick County detention deputy.

The Cowboys released Randle last year.