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June 13, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Dodgers have won each of Clayton Kershaw’s last seven starts, a streak they’ll try to stretch in Cleveland. Kershaw (8-2, 2.20 ERA) hasn’t lost a game since May 1 against the Giants and has 23 strikeouts in 14 innings over his last two starts. Trevor Bauer (5-5, 6.10) is up for the Indians.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals manager Dusty Baker is hopeful slugger Ryan Zimmerman will return from a back injury in time to face Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Zimmerman is 12 for 36 (.333) with two home runs and five RBIs against Dickey lifetime. The rest of the Nats’ active roster is batting just .240 with three homers against the veteran right-hander. The two teams meet in the nation’s capital again tonight.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The city of Oakland is gearing up for a parade Thursday to celebrate the Golden State Warriors latest NBA title. As fans snapped up victory shirts and hats Tuesday following a night of celebrating, city crews were busy hanging championship banners along the parade route. The parade will take place Thursday morning in downtown Oakland, following the same route as the team’s parade to celebrate the 2015 NBA title.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America. The NFL’s Man of the Year winner and a 10-time Pro Bowler and 2008 All-Pro, Fitzgerald is the franchise leader in nearly every receiving category. But he earned this award Tuesday “for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs.”

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Irvin’s attorney says a completed police investigation in Florida shows the former NFL star is innocent of sexual battery claims made by a female acquaintance. Attorney Kenneth Padowitz is calling on prosecutors to drop the case. Irvin told reporters the evidence backs up his contention that nothing improper happened.

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