COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The St. Louis Blues won their fourth straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored in the opening 14 minutes and Brian Elliott made 24 saves. Derick Brassard scored for Columbus, which played on even terms over the final 46 minutes but couldn’t overcome the early blitz.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Chris Heisey and right-hander Alfredo Simon, avoiding arbitration. Heisey will make $1,325,000 and Simon will earn $890,000. Heisey batted .265 with seven homers and 31 RBIs in 120 games for the Reds last season. Simon went 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 36 relief appearances in his first year with the Reds.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have signed free-agent reliever Matt Capps to a minor league contract. Capps’ deal includes a non-roster invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old right-hander has 138 career saves in 444 appearances for Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota.
UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State has raised ticket prices for home football games from $70 to $79. The school’s board of trustees approved the increase at its meeting yesterday. The board also voted to permit the athletic department to designate two premier games per season when tickets will cost at least $110 and as much as $175.