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June 9, 2018


Strasburg, Tanaka, Ohtani suffer injuries

UNDATED (AP) — Star pitchers Stephen Strasburg, Masahiro Tanaka and Shohei Ohtani all had rough starts to the weekend.

Strasburg had to exit after just two innings when Washington hosted the Giants because of tightness in his pitching shoulder. The Nats said the right-hander also had shoulder inflammation and would have an MRI.

Tanaka was forced to leave with hamstring problems after sprinting to score his first major league run in the New York Yankees’ win over the Mets. He was hurt when he raced home on Aaron Judge’s sacrifice fly at Citi Field.

Ohtani was put on the disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels with a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow. The team said the two-way Japanese sensation will be out at least three weeks.


A ‘Capital’ idea

UNDATED (AP) — Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is set to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park, two days after leading the club to its first Stanley Cup championship.

Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, and his teammates will be on hand for his ceremonial toss before the Nationals host San Francisco.

Ovechkin is bringing something else, too — the shiny silver Cup

Elsewhere in the major leagues:

— The Mets have lost nine straight at Citi Field after falling to the Yankees 4-1 Friday night in the Subway Series opener. The Mets will try to break the skid when Steve Matz starts against Domingo German, who is searching for his first major league win.

— The Mariners have won 16 of 20 and taken over the AL West lead. Ace Felix Hernandez will try to keep Seattle headed in the right direction when he starts at Tampa Bay. King Felix is 9-2 lifetime against the Rays, including a perfect game in 2012. Blake Snell starts for the Rays, who have lost eight in a row.


James had badly hurt hand after ‘self-inflicted’ injury

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James says he “pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand” after injuring himself in frustration after Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

James punched a white board following Cleveland’s overtime loss in the opener at Oracle Arena, calling his injury “self-inflicted” after Golden State finished a sweep of the Cavaliers with a 108-85 victory on Friday night.

James arrived for his postgame news conference with a cast over his right hand.

He says he was upset by some calls that went against the Cavs late in the fourth quarter of their opening loss and he was upset they had missed their chance to win on the road.


No. 1 Halep faces No. 10 Stephens in French Open final

PARIS (AP) — Simona Halep is looking to add a first Grand Slam title to her No. 1 ranking as she plays No. 10 Sloane Stephens in the French Open final.

The match Saturday is the 26-year-old Halep’s fourth major final. She has lost all three in the past, including two at Roland Garros in 2014 and last year. Halep also was the runner-up at the Australian Open this January.

She is trying to become the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy. Her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open 40 years ago.


Justify chases Triple Crown history in Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK (AP) — Justify is seeking to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years when he runs in the Belmont Stakes.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is the early 4-5 favorite for Saturday’s 1 ½-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling of the three-race series.

If Justify beats nine rivals in the 150th Belmont, Bob Baffert would become the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. He did so in 2015 with American Pharoah, a colt that ended a 37-year drought.

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