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Escobar ends streak...Rangers get pitching help...Mickelson calls another penalty

July 8, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar was not in the Kansas City Royals’ lineup today for the first time since 2015 as the struggling club made a series of moves. Escobar had started 421 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors, before Royals manager Ned Yost benched him against the Boston Red Sox.

DETROIT (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitchers Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr, and outfielder Austin Jackson from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Gearrin has a 1-1 record with one save and a 4.20 ERA over 35 relief appearances for the Giants this season.

LONDON (AP) — It’s a day off at Wimbledon, but all 16 men’s and women’s fourth-round singles matches are scheduled tomorrow. Top-seed Roger Federer opens things up on Centre Court against number-22 Adrian Mannarino of France, who’s never been to the quarterfinals at any Grand Slam event. Federer has been reached the final-eight 52 times.

LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France (AP) — A year after leaving the Tour de France in disgrace, Peter Sagan has earned the race’s yellow jersey -- taking the overall lead by beating about a dozen other sprinters to win Stage 2. The Slovakian rider’s ninth career win at the Tour came just over a year since he was disqualified from cycling’s most prestigious event by race officials who ruled he had caused a crash that broke Mark Cavendish’s shoulder.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Phil Mickelson broke the rules again, only this time he didn’t realize it until after his violation. Mickelson tamped down fescue grass with his foot in front of the seventh tee today at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. He then called a two-stroke penalty on himself for improving his line of play. At the U.S. Open last month, Mickelson intentionally violated golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green in the third round. He later apologized, saying his anger and frustration got the best of him.

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