Update on the latest in sports:
Sabathia is back
UNDATED (AP) — CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.46 ERA) comes off the disabled list for the banged-up Yankees to start against J.A. Happ (2-5, 3.71) and the Blue Jays this afternoon. Sabathia has been sidelined since June 14 with a strained left hamstring. New York also expects to activate reliever Adam Warren from the DL before the game. Warren has been out since June 16 because of right shoulder inflammation.
—AL MVP Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game while rehabilitating his left thumb. The Los Angeles Angels star outfielder tore the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb on May 28 during a headfirst slide and had surgery three days later to repair the ligament and dorsal capsule. The team says he’ll work out today at Class A Inland Empire.
— Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the Baby Bombers who lead the New York Yankees’ offense, will participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Miami on July 10. Judge, a rookie who homered in his first major league at-bat last August, tops the majors with 27 home runs. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will defend his title in his home ballpark. Also lined up to compete are Miami teammate Justin Bour, Minnesota slugger Miguel Sano and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, who began the day leading the National League with 24 homers. Colorado outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas round out the field.
— Cast off by the World Series champions, Miguel Montero has a new home north of the border. The veteran catcher was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, six days after he blamed Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to Washington. Toronto acquired the two-time All-Star and cash for a player to be named or cash. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says Montero will join the team today at Yankee Stadium.
Wimbledon action today
LONDON (AP) — Needing seven match points, Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN’ dehl POHT’-roh) continued his run of reaching the second round at Wimbledon in each of his eight appearances.
Del Potro, seeded 29th, beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 (2), 6-4.
After winning the tiebreak in the third set, del Potro dropped two break points that would have given him the seventh game. He picked up one in the ninth to take a 5-4 lead in the fourth set, then finally wore down Kokkinakis with a pair of aces and a forehand winner down the center.
In other Wimbledon action:
— Playing in the spot usually reserved for the defending champion at Wimbledon, Angelique Kerber made it into the second round. The top-ranked German lost to Serena Williams on Centre Court in last year’s final, but she advanced Tuesday by beating Irina Falconi of the United States 6-4, 6-4.
— Former top-10 player Ernests Gulbis has won a match for the first time in more than a year. And the score was about as lopsided as can be. Gulbis beat Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in less than 1½ hours to reach the second round at Wimbledon. It was the Latvian’s first tour-level, main-draw victory since the 2016 French Open.
— Milos Raonic’s (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nih-chez). grass-court season took a turn for the better at Wimbledon. The sixth-seeded Raonic, the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final, advanced to the second round at the All England Club by beating Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4).
— Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) will be the center of attention on Centre Court at Wimbledon today. The two players, who own a combined 10 titles at the All England Club, will play their opening matches on Day 2 of the grass-court major. Other top players in action include Karolina Pliskova, Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH’-kuh rahd-VAHN’-skuh) and Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee).
Baseball in London! Major league showcase set for Hyde Park
LONDON (AP) — A bit of American sports culture is on display in London’s Hyde Park as baseball has come to town on America’s Independence Day.
Today’s exhibition is featuring several former major leaguers playing a Home Run Derby in one of London’s best-known open spaces.
It’s part of Major League Baseball’s plan to showcase the game in a bid to build interest in the sport in Britain and Europe despite the region’s longstanding preference for soccer. The move comes during the summer hiatus in England’s Premier League.