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Update on the latest in sports:

July 5, 2017


Blue Jays ruin Sabathia’s return, drop Yanks further from Bosox

UNDATED (AP) — CC Sabathia (sah-BATH’-ee-uh) had emerged as the New York Yankees’ most dependable starting pitcher before landing on the disabled list last month with a strained left hamstring. He didn’t look too good in his return as the Blue Jays chased him during a four-run third before completing a 4-1 victory in the Bronx.

Jose Bautista singled home Toronto’s first run and Justin Smoak worked out a bases-loaded walk before Kendrys (KEHN’-drees) Morales added a two-run single that ended Sabathia’s afternoon.

J.A. Happ allowed just four hits over six innings, including Aaron Judge’s major league-leading 28th home run. Judge is just one homer away from tying the Yankees’ rookie record set by Joe DiMaggio in 1936.

The Yanks have dropped 15 of 21 since a 38-23 start, a skid that began with Sabathia’s injury. They currently find themselves four games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox.

Boston got six shutout innings from David Price and a pair of homers from Andrew Benintendi in an 11-4 rout of the Rangers in Texas. Price scattered six hits and had nine strikeouts in the Bosox’s sixth consecutive win. Benintendi was 5-for-5 with six RBIs, including a three-run boast that put the Red Sox ahead 7-0 in the fifth inning.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Clayton Kershaw threw seven shutout innings and became the year’s first 13-game winner in the Dodgers’ 4-3 of the Diamondbacks. Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) drove in two runs apiece to back Kershaw, who struck out 11 and no-hit Arizona until Chris Owings beat out an infield hit with one out in the seventh. Turner hit a solo homer as their Dodgers stretched their lead in the NL West to 3 ½ games over the DBacks.

— Eric Thames (thaymz) hit two of the Brewers’ four home runs in a 6-2 whipping of the Orioles. Stephen Vogt (voht) and Travis Shaw also went deep for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who lead the second-place Cubs by 3 ½ games. Jimmy Nelson tossed seven strong innings and worked out of a two-on, one-out jam by striking out the last two batters he faced.

— The Rays beat manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs in their first meeting since he left Tampa Bay to take over in Chicago. Tim Beckham smacked a two-run homer while the Rays scored five times in the fourth off Jon Lester to earn a 6-5 win against the Cubbies. Chris Archer won for the third time in four starts and delivered an RBI single for his first career hit.

— The Cardinals had a chance to get within 3 ½ games of the Brewers, but Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) belted a three-run homer and J.R. Riddle added a two-run single to lead the Marlins to a 5-2 win at St. Louis. Jose Urena struck out seven and was charged with only three hits over five innings, including Greg Garcia’s two-run homer. The Redbirds lost for the second time in seven games.

— The Nationals clobbered the Mets, 11-4 as Daniel Murphy torched his ex-teammates once again. The All-Star second baseman drove in five runs with four hits, leaving him with a .405 average and 34 ribbies in 31 games against New York since leaving the team after the 2015 season. Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in two runs to back Joe Ross, who allowed a pair of runs over seven innings of Washington’s third consecutive win.

— Trevor Cahill combined with five relievers on a five-hitter as the Padres beat the Indians, 1-0 to cut Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central to 1 ½ games over Minnesota and Kansas City. Hector Sanchez singled and came around to score the lone run on Cory Spangenberg’s (SPAN’-jehn-burgz) grounder in the fifth inning. Corey Kluber struck out 10 over eight innings but fell to 7-3 despite lowering his ERA to 2.85.

— The Twins were 5-4 winners over the Angels as Kyle Gibson worked into the seventh to snap his three-game losing streak. Gibson was reached for just two runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year. Byron Buxton hit a solo homer and Robbie Grossman added an RBI double off JC Ramirez, who lost a road start for the first time since April 19.

— Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) slammed his 24th home run and Whit Merrifield cracked a solo shot as Kansas City won for the fifth time in six games, 7-3 at Seattle. Salvador Perez lined a two-run double that put the Royals ahead, 6-2 in the fifth inning. Danny Duffy held the Mariners to a pair of runs over 5 2/3s to win his first start since spending a month on the disabled list.

— Houston’s lead in the AL West is up to 16 games after Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay), Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee GUR’-ee-ehl) drove in four runs apiece to lead a 16-4 dismantling of the Braves in Atlanta. Reddick capped the assault with a grand slam in the ninth and was 3-for-6 with three runs scored. George Springer went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and three runs scored in support of Brad Peacock, who carried a shutout into the seventh before improving to 6-1.

— Colorado’s 11th loss in 13 games was an 8-1 rout by the Reds. Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler hit solo homers before pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) added a two-run shot that capped the scoring. Homer Bailey yielded eight hits but just one run over six innings for his first win since last Aug. 12 at Milwaukee.

— The Giants’ six-game winning streak ended as Victor Martinez supplied a solo homer and an RBI single to help the Tigers beat San Francisco, 5-3. Justin Upton went 3-for-3 for Detroit, including a tiebreaking, two-run single with two out in the seventh. Michael Fulmer gave up homers by Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford but was reached for just three other hits over eight innings to move to 8-6.

— The Athletics halted a six-game skid by beating the White Sox, 7-6 on Franklin Barreto’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Yonder Alonso homered twice and Matt Joyce added a two-run shot while the A’s built a 6-5 lead, but Oakland needed Barreto’s blast after Chicago tied it in the ninth. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) crushed a three-run homer and Melky Cabrera hit a two-run shot before tying the game with an RBI single.

— Jameson Taillon (TY’-ahn) struck out a career-best nine over five innings and Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of solo homers in the Pirates’ 3-0 shutout of the Phillies. Taillon gave up four hits and improved to 3-1 in five starts since returning from surgery for testicular cancer.


Francona hospitalized for tests

UNDATED (AP) — The Indians were without manager Terry Francona for Tuesday’s game against the Padres.

The 58-year-old Francona has been admitted to Cleveland Clinic for tests after experiencing health issues recently. He was hospitalized twice last month after becoming lightheaded and having a rapid heart rate. Francona was fitted with a heart monitor last week and said at the time doctors had ruled out any serious health issues.

Indians president Chris Antonetti said Francona did not experience the symptoms again and the tests are being done to determine what’s causing the issue.

Also around the majors:

— Freddie Freeman has made a quicker-than-expected return from a broken left wrist and is playing third base for the Braves against Houston. Freeman was out just seven weeks after being told his recovery time would be closer to 2 ½ months. He was leading the National League with 14 home runs when he was injured.

— Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro may miss the All-Star Game because of his strained right hamstring that forced him onto the disabled list on June 27. Yanks skipper Joe Girardi said Castro won’t start running hard until Thursday and added that it would be “fairly important” for Castro to play again for the Yankees in order to appear in the midsummer classic next Tuesday at Miami.

— The Cubs have activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list. Heyward cut his left hand sliding for a foul ball in right field at Pittsburgh on June 18. He is batting .257 with six home runs and 30 RBIs.


Celts get Hayward

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics have won the Gordon Hayward Sweepstakes.

The small forward has announced on The Players’ Tribune site that he’s leaving the Jazz after seven seasons for a free-agent contract with the Celtics. The deal reunites him with head coach Brad Stevens, who ran the Butler Bulldogs when Hayward starred for the team.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Hayward agreed to a four-year contract worth about $128 million, with the fourth season being a player option.

Hayward was an All-Star for the first time last season, averaging career bests of 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds.

In other NBA news:

— The Kings added veteran help to their young roster by agreeing to free-agent contracts with forward Zach Randolph and point guard George Hill. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Randolph left Memphis for a $24 million, two-year deal to reunite with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger (YAY’-gur) in Sacramento. ESPN first reported the agreement.

— The Heat have formally waived Chris Bosh after working out an agreement weeks ago. The move comes more than a year since his last NBA appearance because of blood-clot issues. It gives Miami access to $25.3 million in salary-cap space for this coming season

— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free-agent forward Mike Scott has agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the Wizards. Scott played only 18 games with the Hawks last season because of a knee injury before being traded to the Phoenix Suns, who waived him.


Avalanche sign winger Nail Yakupov to 1-year deal...Caps, Burakovsky agree

UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have added a possible goal-scoring option by signing former No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov (nayl YAK’-ah-pahv) to a one-year deal.

Yakupov has been a bust since being taken first overall by the Oilers in the 2012 NHL draft, scoring just 53 goals and 120 points with a -91 in 292 games.

Checking out other NHL moves:

— Capitals right winger Andre Burakovsky (bur-ah-KAHF’-skee) has agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract. The 22-year-old Burakovsky had 12 goals and 23 assists in 64 games for Washington last season.

— Forward Marcus Kruger has been dealt for the second time in three days, this time by the Golden Knights to the Hurricanes for Carolina’s fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft. Chicago traded Kruger to Vegas on Sunday for undisclosed future considerations.

— Another move had the Sharks signing free-agent forward Brandon Bollig to a one-year contract.


Kerber, Raonic make it through in straight sets at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Last year’s runners-up were up first on the main showcourts at Wimbledon today, and both came through in straight sets.

Angelique Kerber beat Irina Falconi of the United States, 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court. On No. 1 Court, Milos Raonic (ROW’-nich) defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6.

Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and Roger Federer advanced when their opponents had to retire in the second set.

Other first-round winners on the men’s side include eighth seed Dominic Thiem (teem) and No. 10 Alexander Zverev, both in straight sets. Americans John Isner, Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison also advanced.

The highest men’s seed to fall was No. 19 Feliciano Lopez, who had to retire in the fourth set of his match with Adrian Mannarino.

On the winner’s side, Kerber is joined in the second round by third seed Karolina Pliskova (PLISH’-koh-vah), fifth seed Carolina Wozniacki, No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova (kooz-NEHT’-soh-vah) and No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-nee-EHSH’-kuh rad-VAHN’-skah).

Wednesday’s schedule features matches involving defending men’s champion Andy Murray, two-time champ Rafael Nadal (dah-DAHL’) and Venus Williams.


Sagan disqualified from Tour for elbowing Cavendish

VITTEL, France (AP) — Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the Tour de France just a day after winning Stage 3.

Sagan was sent home for causing a serious crash in a chaotic sprint finish that sent Mark Cavendish to a hospital with hand and shoulder injuries.

The lead pack was about 50 yards from the end of Stage 4 when Sagan elbowed Cavendish, who was squeezed against the barriers to his right, out of the way.

The crash helped Arnaud Demare become the first Frenchman in 11 years to win a stage.

Overall leader Geraint Thomas is 12 seconds ahead of Sky teammate and three-time champion Chris Froome, with third-place Michael Matthews also 12 seconds back.


Pacquiao backs call for WBO review of his loss to Horn

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manny Pacquiao has asked the World Boxing Organization to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating.”

While Pacquiao has accepted his defeat to Horn, who was fighting in his first world title bout in Sunday’s so-called ‘Battle of Brisbane,’ the Philippine senator on Wednesday said that as a leader and boxer “I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”

The 11-time world champion cited a request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board to WBO President Francisco Valcarcel for a thorough review of the refereeing and judging.