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Yelich scratched...Indians’ Gonzalez designated for assignment...Yankees IL working to get back

May 22, 2019

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ National League MVP Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) has been scratched from Milwaukee’s lineup against Cincinnati for a second consecutive day because of back spasms. He missed parts of seven games this season because of back problems and also missed time last season. Manager Craig Counsell described the problems as “short-term injuries” rather than chronic. Hernán Pérez replaced Yelich in right field.

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cleveland Indians have designated Carlos Gonzalez for assignment after the veteran outfielder failed to produce for a team that has struggled offensively all season. Gonzalez batted .210 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games. Manager Terry Francona said it was difficult to part ways with Gonzalez, but the Indians want to give more playing time to Jordan Luplow and Oscar Mercado, both right-handed hitters.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The New York Yankees’ injured list is still working to get back in action. Shortstop Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game after taking one day off due to dehydration. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIT’-skee), who’s been sidelined since April 3, could be ready to face live pitching by the weekend. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hasn’t played since March 31, was scratched last night from his second rehab game with Class A Tampa with discomfort near his knee.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) _ NFL owners have given the competition committee the go-ahead to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference. The proposed tweak would take the decision on whether to review in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of officials. Reviews in the final two minutes would instead require a coach’s challenge. A final decision on the change will come after the committee discusses the subject with the league’s coaches next month.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has decided to oust the NCAA Division III league’s largest school and original member, St. Thomas, for competitive purposes. The league says the Tommies will be “involuntarily removed” in two years by the conference they helped found in 1920. The Tommies have won 12 consecutive MIAC all-sports trophies on both the men’s and women’s side. St. Thomas calls the decision is “extremely disappointing.”

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