AP Friday Sports Roundup
Yanks get clutch hits, key reversals, in win at Cleveland
UNDATED (AP) — A couple of early homers weren't enough for the Cleveland Indians to take the opener of their four-game series against the visiting New York Yankees.
Didi Gregorius (DEE'-dee greh-GOHR'-ee-uhs) homered in the fifth inning to spark the Yankees' rally in a 5-4 victory over the Indians. The Yanks scored twice in the fifth inning and chased losing pitcher Trevor Bauer during a three-run sixth. Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury sandwiched RBI singles around Rob Refsnyder's sacrifice fly to put New York ahead 5-2 in the fifth.
The Yankees also took advantage of a pair of umpire challenges. Headley was credited with a tiebreaking, run-scoring single after manager Joe Girardi asked the umpires to review an out call at the plate. The game also ended on a reversal as Tyler Naquin was ruled out at first after being given an infield single that would have loaded the bases.
Tyler Naquin and Jason Kipnis hit third-inning homers for the Indians, who have dropped four of six since their team-record, 14-game winning streak.
The Yankees improved to 3-4 on their 10-game road trip.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have been beaten by yet another last-place team, this time the Atlanta Braves. The NL Central leaders fell for the seventh time in eight games as Tyler Flowers hit an RBI single with two out in the 11th inning to send the Braves past Chicago 4-3. The Cubs were in line for a 3-2 win until Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) led off the ninth with a homer off Hector Rondon (rahn-DOHN'). Markakis homered twice and had three RBIs against the Cubbies, whose division lead is down to eight games over St. Louis and 8 ½ over Pittsburgh.
Chicago is 5-13 in its last 18 games, with the last three losses coming against the cellar-dwelling Reds and Braves.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Cardinals avoided a four-game sweep and ended the Pirates' seven-game winning streak as Randal Grichuk (GRIH'-chuhk) belted a tiebreaking, solo homer and Stephen Piscotty added a three-run blast in a 5-1 triumph over Pittsburgh. Adam Wainwright struck out nine and held the Bucs to five hits in seven innings, blanking Pittsburgh following Jordy Mercer's RBI grounder in the second inning. Pirates starter and loser Tyler Glasnow (GLAS'-now) was charged with four runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut.
— Baltimore's lead in the AL East is down to two games over Toronto after Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-ITS'-kee) laced a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Blue Jays a 5-4 triumph against Detroit. Tulowtizki finished with three RBIs and Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored in the Jays' sixth straight win. Justin Upton and Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH'-nohs) homered for the Tigers, who still trail the AL Central-leading Indians by 6 ½ games.
— The New York Mets are within three games of the NL East lead after they erased deficits of 4-1 and 6-4 in a 9-7 victory over the first-place Nationals. Wilmer Flores put the Mets ahead to stay with his fifth homer in five games, a three-run blast in the fifth. Travis d'Arnaud (dahr-NOH', Jose Reyes and Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera also went deep in the Mets' seventh victory in eight games.
— Drew Pomeranz supplied an RBI single and shut down the Dodgers on two hits over seven innings of San Diego's 6-0 win at Los Angeles. Melvin Upton Jr. led off the game with a homer, Alexei Ramirez and Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR'-vihs soh-LAHR'-tay) added RBI doubles and Alex Dickerson put the game out of reach with a two-run triple. The Dodgers' third consecutive loss leaves them 6 ½ games behind the NL West-leading Giants.
— Minnesota made it five wins in its last six games by ripping the Rangers 10-1 in Texas. Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs to back Tyler Duffy's six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Kurt Suzuki, and Kennys (KEH'-nee) Vargas also homered for the Twins, who have won three straight from the Rangers since last weekend.
— Oakland was a 3-1 winner at Houston as Rich Hill improved to 9-3, limiting the Astros to a run and three hits with 10 strikeouts in six innings. Yonder Alonso had two RBIs, including a tiebreaking double in the bottom of the second. The Astros lost for only the third time in 10 games to stay 6 ½ games behind the AL West-leading Rangers.
— Salvador Perez poked a two-run, walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to lift Kansas City past Seattle 4-3. The Royals trailed 3-0 and were in danger of suffering their fifth consecutive loss until Paulo Orlando singled home a pair with two out in the eighth. The Royals climbed within seven games of the AL Central lead and kept the Mariners 9 ½ games behind the AL West-leading Rangers.
— Trevor Story tied an NL rookie record for most home runs before the All-Star break by crushing his 20th and 21st in Colorado's 11-run pounding of Philadelphia. Story joined Dave Kingman in 1972 and Albert Pujols (POOO'-hohlz) in 2001 as the only NL rookies to hit 21 home runs prior to the break. Mark Reynolds also homered and drove in five Rockies runs.
— Hector Santiago threw three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings to lead the L.A. Angels to a 5-1 win over reeling Tampa Bay. C.J. Cron (krohn) drove in a pair of runs and Mike Trout stole home for the Angels. The Rays are in a hideous 3-19 slump, tying the worst 22-game stretch in club history.
AL, NL make All-Star changes...Harvey DL'd
SAN DIEGO (AP) — St. Louis rookie shortstop Aledmys (ah-LEHD'-mees) Diaz will replace his teammate Matt Carpenter on the National League roster for next week's All-Star game.
Carpenter is on the 15-day disabled list after leaving Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh with a strained right oblique. Diaz is batting .319 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs.
Over on the American League side, Cleveland hurler Corey Kluber has been added to the squad after Toronto pitcher Marco Estrada was placed on the disabled list due to a back injury. Kluber is 8-8 with a 3.79 ERA this season after leading the American League with 16 losses in 2015.
In other big league news:
— Mets pitcher Matt Harvey could be done for the season after a specialist determined the one-time All-Star has symptoms consistent with thoracic (tho-RAS'-ihk) outlet syndrome. General manager Sandy Alderson announced the diagnosis today and said a decision on surgery is likely to come in the next few days before the All-Star break. Harvey is off to the worst start of his major league career, going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts.
— The Boston Red Sox have acquired infielder Aaron Hill and cash from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguers Aaron Wilkerson and Wendell Rijo to Milwaukee. The 34-year-old Hill is batting.283 with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 78 games this season. The acquisition comes after Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw left last night's game with a bruised left foot.
Durant leads free agent signings
UNDATED (AP) — Kevin Durant has been introduced by the Golden State Warriors at a news conference today after signing a two-year contract that's worth over $54 million.
Durant said his meeting with the Warriors' brass and new teammates Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry and Klay Thompson last Friday had a "great vibe throughout the whole day." He joins a Warriors team that came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals before blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals against Cleveland.
Durant's deal includes a player option after the first year.
In other NBA news:
— Dwyane (dwayn) Wade says his decision to leave Miami to sign with the Chicago Bulls felt "surreal." The 12-time All-Star guard made the comment while co-hosting 'Live with Kelly" a day after coming to a free agent agreement with the Bulls. He spent his entire 13 year NBA career with the Heat, helping them to three NBA titles and winning the league's MVP award in 2006.
— Dallas wasted no time avoiding a repeat of last year's fiasco when they thought they had an agreement with DeAndre Jordan, only to have him decide to stay with the Clippers. Owner Mark Cuban tweeted a picture of Harrison Barnes playfully handcuffed to president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh moments after the free agent signing period opened. The former Golden State forward signed a four-year, $94 million deal as soon as the rules allowed, shortly after midnight.
— The Mavericks also have completed a trade with Golden State for center Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut). Each team will get a future second-round draft pick in the deal.
— A person familiar with the deal confirms that the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent center Festus Ezeli (eh-ZEE'-lee) worth $15 million.
— Chicago has announced the addition of point guard Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh). The team did not disclose terms of the contract, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations previously told The Associated Press that the four-time All-Star agreed to a $30 million, two-year deal.
— Detroit has signed San Antonio big man Boban Marjanovic to a three-year, $21 million offer sheet. The Spurs can match the offer within three days, but their salary cap situation makes that seem unlikely. The 7-foot-3 Marjanovic averaged 5.5 points per game last season, his first in the NBA.
— The Charlotte Hornets have announced they've re-signed Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM'), acquired Marco Belinelli in a trade with the Sacramento Kings and signed free agents Roy Hibbert and Ramon Sessions. Batum agreed last week to a five-year, $120 million contract, the largest ever given to a Hornets player.
— The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired guard Matthew Dellavedova (deh-lah-veh-DOH'-vah) in a sign-and-trade with Cleveland. Dellavedova is coming off a season with career-bests of 7.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds while helping the Cavaliers win the NBA championship.
— Orlando newcomers Bismack Biyombo (BIS'-mak bee-AHM'-boh), Jeff Green and D.J. Augustin have been introduced by the Magic after signing free-agent deals. The Magic also announced the re-signing of their own restricted free agent Evan Fournier.
— The Wizards have acquired guard Trey Burke from the Utah Jazz for a 2021 second-round pick. Burke has averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 assists in three seasons with Utah
— Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) confirms he's returning to the Spurs on a one-year deal. He has spent the first 14 years of his career in San Antonio.
Serena, Kerber reach final
LONDON (AP) — Saturday's women's final at Wimbledon will be a rematch of this year's Australian Open finale.
Top-ranked and six-time Wimbledon champ Serena Williams rolled into the final with a dominant performance against Elena Vesnina (vehs-NEE'-nuh). Williams needed just 48 minutes to complete a 6-2, 6-love rout in which she won 28 of her 31 service points, including the last 17. She also compiled a 28-9 edge in total winners as she moved within one match victory of her 22nd career Grand Slam singles title.
Angelique Kerber prevented the final from becoming an all-Williams affair by knocking off 35-year-old Venus, 6-4, 6-4. Kerber broke serve four times in halting Williams' unexpected charge. The 36-year-old Williams is the oldest major semifinalist since Martina Navratilova was 37 at the All England Club in 1994.
Serena Williams has won five of her seven previous meetings against Kerber, but the German knocked off the American at Melbourne last winter.
The Williams sisters advanced into the doubles semifinals with a three-set win over Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova.
Today's Wimbledon slate is highlighted by the men's semifinals. Third seed Roger Federer and No. 6 Milos Raonic (ROW'-nihch) get things started on Centre Court before second seed Andy Murray faces No. 10 Tomas Berdych (BUR'-dihk).
GOLF-U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
Lee on fire in first round
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee became the fifth golfer to shoot a round of 8-under par at the U.S. Women's Open when she made 10 birdies on the way to a 64 and the first-round lead.
Lee is the first woman to shoot that much below par at the U.S. Open since Lorie Kane and Becky Iverson did it in the second round in 1999 at Old Waverly in Mississippi. The lowest total score in a round in U.S. Open history is a 63 by Helen Alfredsson in 1994 at the par-71 Indianwood in Michigan.
Amy Yang birdied 18 to move into a three-way tie for second at -5 with Cristie Kerr and Minjee Lee.
CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE
Cavendish is tops again
MONTAUBAN, France (AP) — British sprinter Mark Cavendish captured of the sixth stage of the Tour de France, giving him three stage wins this year.
It is Cavendish's 29th overall stage win, putting him in second place, five back of all-time leader Eddy Merckx (MURKS).
Greg van Avermaet kept the yellow jersey of the overall leader.
It's France vs. Portugal
PARIS (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored both goals as France beat world champion Germany 2-0 to reach the final of the European Championship.
Griezmann put France in front from the penalty spot in first half stoppage time and took full advantage of a German defensive blunder to score his second with a calm finish in the 72nd minute.
France will play Portugal in Sunday's final at Saint-Denis.