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AZ, CO begin 3-game series...Yankees try to snap out of longest losing streak of season...Timberwolves sign 3-year deal with Fitbit for jersey patch

June 20, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — Winning streaks are on the line when Arizona and Colorado, probably the two most surprising teams in baseball this season, begin a three-game series at Coors Field. Rookie right-hander German Marquez starts for the Rockies, who have won five straight and own the best record in the National League at 46-26. They are 20 games above .500 for the first time since 2009.

UNDATED (AP) — After dropping the final six games of a 1-6 road trip in California, rookie slugger Aaron Judge and the Yankees return to the Bronx on their longest losing streak of the season. Up first, a rematch with the Angels. Michael Pineda pitches for New York, which lost two of three to Los Angeles last week. Parker Bridwell makes his second start for the Angels, taking the rotation spot vacated when Matt Shoemaker went on the disabled list.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese infielder Tadahito Iguchi (tah-dah-HEE’-toh ih-GOO’-chee), who helped the Chicago White Sox win the World Series in 2005, will retire at the end of the 2017 season. The 42-year-old Iguchi, the oldest active player in Nippon Professional Baseball, currently plays for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League.

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request to block some public funding for Little Caesars Arena and the Detroit Pistons’ move from the suburbs. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his decision late Monday, saying a requested injunction would cause “catastrophic damage” to Detroit. The lawsuit says Michigan law prohibits spending school property tax revenue on the projects because a tax voters approved in 2012 was to be used exclusively for Detroit’s public schools.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are jumping into the jersey patch game, signing a three-year deal for a Fitbit patch on their new uniforms. The Timberwolves say Fitbit also will be featured in the renovated Target Center, including logging the new concession offerings into the Fitbit food section to help users make healthier choices.

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