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Cleveland opens 4-game series ... Mets begin 10-game road trip ... Former NY Jet Grantham dies at 78

June 19, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians open a four-game series at Baltimore this evening after storming atop the AL Central with a four-game sweep of Minnesota over the weekend. Ramirez had his sixth straight multihit game Sunday, and Cleveland also got two homers from Edwin Encarnacion, who has six homers in his last 10 games.

UNDATED (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) and the Mets begin a 10-game road trip in Los Angeles against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 8-1 with a 1.49 ERA in 13 career starts vs. New York, which has batted a combined .177 against him.

UNDATED (AP) — Mike Moustakas and the Royals return home after going 7-2 on their California road trip and scoring at least seven runs in six of those wins, bolstered by 18 homers. Moustakas has 19 RBIs this month. On the mound, Jason Hammel faces Boston tonight for the first time since 2013. Hammel has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Jets outside linebacker Larry Grantham, a starter and defensive standout on the 1969 Super Bowl team, has died. He was 78. The Jets say a funeral service for Grantham will be held Wednesday in his hometown of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Grantham was an original member of the New York Titans franchise, which became the Jets in 1963 after three seasons.

UNDATED (AP) - The leaders of the U.S. skiing and snowboarding team have decided one name is better than three. They are putting all their athletes under one umbrella and renaming their organization “U.S. Ski & Snowboard.” It’s a subtle change designed to streamline a national governing body that has nearly 50,000 members and sends about 100 alpine skiers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders to the Olympics every four years.

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