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July 4, 2017


Raburn’s hit with 2 outs in 9th gets Nationals by Mets 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Raburn drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Washington Nationals survived another bullpen collapse for a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

Curtis Granderson tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer off Nationals reliever Matt Albers (4-1). Granderson’s heroics came after Michael Taylor’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth broke a scoreless tie.

Matt Wieters opened the ninth with a walk against Paul Sewald (0-3), moved to second following a sacrifice bunt and took third on Adam Lind’s deep fly ball. Following Stephen Drew’s walk, Raburn’s slow, looping liner to left field off Fernando Salas fell in front of a diving Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs), scoring Wieters.

Nationals left fielder Brian Goodwin kept the game scoreless in the top of the eighth by throwing out Brandon Nimmo trying to score from second on Jose Reyes’ base hit.

In other games:

— Aaron Nola struck out eight in seven splendid innings, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco hit two-run homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0. Nola (6-5) allowed four hits and none until Jordy Mercer lined a double down the left-field line with two outs in the fifth. Joaquin Benoit (ben-WAH’) and Hector Neris completed the four-hitter. — Travis Shaw started the rout with a go-ahead single in a four-run first inning, then left after he was hit on a hand by a pitch during the Milwaukee Brewers’ 8-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Backed by 7-0 lead in the second, Brent Suter (1-1) struck out eight over six innings, allowing an unearned run and four hits — all singles.

—Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven sharp innings for his second straight win following a long slump, and the New York Yankees beat the skidding Toronto Blue Jays 6-3. Hours after announcing they’ll both compete in the Home Run Derby next week, All-Star sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez sparked New York’s offense.

—Rookie Luke Voit (voyt) hit his first major league homer and drove in four runs, Tommy Pham reached base five times and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 14-6. St. Louis scored four runs in the first inning and seven in the third on the way to an 11-0 lead. Voit added a two-run homer in the eighth in the Cardinals’ fifth win in six games.


Murray off to good start at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Neither a nagging injury to his left hip nor a brief rain delay seemed to pose any challenge to Andy Murray.

The top-seeded Murray opened the defense of his Wimbledon title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan on Monday in the opening round.

Murray, whose only competitive grass-court appearance was a first-round loss at Queen’s last month, showed no effects from an injury that caused him to call off two exhibition matches last week. He said after the match: “My hip felt good. It’s still a little bit sore, but I was moving really good on the court today.”

Although the 134th-ranked Bublik’s eccentric style of play, built on drop shots and slices, tested Murray’s mobility, he countered with his defensive game and took advantage of his opponent’s errors.

The 20-year-old Bublik finished with 35 unforced errors to Murray’s 10 and had 12 double-faults.

In other London action:

—Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round at the All England Club. The fourth-seeded Spaniard, who won his 10th French Open title last month, beat John Millman of Australia 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 on No. 1 Court. Nadal is a two-time champion at Wimbledon. From 2006 to 2011, he reached the final every year except 2009, when he skipped the grass-court major because of injury.

—Stan Wawrinka’s stay at Wimbledon was a short one. A three-time major champion, and the French Open runner-up just three weeks ago, Wawrinka was bothered by his left knee and lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Daniil Medvedev at Centre Court in the first round at the All England Club.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her opening match at Wimbledon, beating Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-4. The left-handed Czech, who was injured in a knife attack at her home in December, won the grass-court tournament in Birmingham just over a week ago. She then pulled out of the tournament in Eastbourne with an abdominal injury.

— Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams won her opening match at the All England Club, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium 7-6 (7), 6-4. Williams was playing for the first time since being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a car crash police say she caused.

— Second-seeded Simona Halep advanced to the second round at Wimbledon by beating Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-4, 6-1. Halep, who lost in this year’s French Open final, reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2014 and the quarterfinals last year.


Stars sign Radulov to $31.25 million, 5-year deal

DALLAS (AP) — Right winger Alexander Radulov got the richest contract given to an unrestricted free agent this offseason when he signed a $31.25 million, five-year deal with the Dallas Stars.

Only after agreeing on terms with the Stars did Radulov get an offer from the Canadiens to stay in Montreal for that long.

Radulov said: “The money was basically the same level. For me it was more the term. Because I really (wanted), five years at least on my deal, and I want to play and not worry about it. Just play hard and try to win.”

The Stars obtained the top player available on the market on Day 3 of free agency. Radulov will count $6.25 million against the salary cap through 2021-22.


AP Source: Kevin Durant agrees to 2-year deal with Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One day shy of a year after announcing his decision to join the powerful Warriors, Kevin Durant accepted a major pay cut to help make sure they stay winners and chase more championships.

Durant wants to build a dynasty alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, agreeing to terms Monday on a contract worth approximately $53 million over the next two years. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the details to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because it won’t become official until the end of the free agency moratorium period Thursday.

The deal calls for about $25 million in the first year with a player option for the second season.


Suns sign top pick Jackson, Mike James

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have signed top draft pick Josh Jackson to a four-year deal that includes two one-year team options.

Phoenix also signed guard Mike James, an NBA rookie who played five professional seasons in Europe, on Monday.

A standout at Kansas, Jackson was selected with the fourth overall pick of last month’s draft. The athletic 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.3 points on 51 percent shooting, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his lone season in Lawrence. He will make his professional debut with the Suns’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.

The 6-foot-1 James averaged 13.1 points and 3.0 assists in 25 games with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League last season. He once scored 52 points in a game while at Lamar.


Knicks sign Luke Kornet to new two-way contract

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have signed former Vanderbilt center Luke Kornet to one of the two-way contracts allowable under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

NBA teams are allowed two two-way players on their roster in addition to their 15-man roster. The two-way player spends most of his time with the NBA club’s G League affiliate, but can spend up to 45 days with the NBA team during the season.

The 7-foot-1 Kornet averaged 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks last season, earning All-SEC and All-SEC defensive honors. He holds the NCAA record for 3-pointers made by a 7-footer with 150.

Kornet is playing with the Knicks’ summer league entry in Orlando.



Jays acquire Montero from Cubs

NEW YORK (AP) — Catcher Miguel Montero has been acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Cubs, six days after he blamed Chicago pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to Washington.

Toronto said Monday it acquired the two-time All-Star and cash for a player to be named or cash.

Montero hit .286 with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games this season and was designated for assignment Wednesday. He has thrown out one of 31 base stealers this season.

The 33-year-old Venezuelan has a .260 career average with 124 homers and 542 RBIs in 12 seasons with Arizona and the Cubs. His 10th-inning RBI single gave Chicago a two-run lead in Game 7 of last year’s World Series, a game the Cubs hung on to win 8-7 for their first title since 1908.

Toronto cleared a roster spot by transferring outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to the 60-day disabled list.

In other news:

— Angel Hernandez, a big league umpire for nearly a quarter-century, sued Major League Baseball, alleging race discrimination. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, the 55-year-old Hernandez, who was born in Cuba and lives in Florida, alleges MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre “has a history of animosity towards Hernandez stemming from Torre’s time as manager of the New York Yankees.” As evidence of the alleged discrimination, the suit cites Hernandez’s lack of World Series assignments in the past decade and baseball not promoting Hernandez to crew chief.

—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, leads the majors with 27 homers and tops the American League with a .327 average and 62 RBIs. Sanchez is hitting .289 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs despite missing nearly a month with a strained biceps.

—Jason Grilli has joined the Texas Rangers, providing a much-needed veteran presence in a bullpen that has struggled to close games. Grilli was added to the Rangers roster Monday, a day after being acquired in a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays.

—Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels will miss the All-Star Game while rehabilitating his left thumb. The 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 said he will work out at Class A Inland Empire.

—Hall of Famer Rod Carew of the Minnesota Twins visited Target Field in Minneapolis for the first time since having a heart and kidney transplant last December. Carew, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 1977 Most Valuable Player season, threw out the first ball for the game.


Kato Kaelin wins Brewers charity raffle

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It was a banner homecoming for Kato Kaelin.

Famous for being a witness in O.J. Simpson’s murder trial in the 1990s, Kaelin, two relatives and a friend won the Milwaukee Brewers 50/50 raffle on Monday, splitting $12,411 before taxes.

Kaelin, who is a Milwaukee native and has relatives who live in the area, was home for the holiday.

He said his brother, Bob, bought the tickets for the group.

According to Kelin: “My brother said it’s a great thing that the Brewers do for charity. I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ He’s a very lucky guy.”

Kaelin said his brother held the tickets when the group realized they were the winners.

“Bob took the ticket and started reading each number,” Kaelin said. “He said, ‘You guys, you won’t believe this. We have the first six numbers. If the next one is a six, we’re the winners.’

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