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Men’s semifinal underway...Red Sox go for 11th straight win...Syndergaard comes off the DL

July 13, 2018

LONDON (AP) — The first men’s semifinal is underway at Wimbledon, with Kevin Anderson of South Africa taking on John Isner of the U.S. Both are appearing in their first semifinal at the All England Club. Anderson won the first set, 7-6. Today’s other semifinal features Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich). It will be their 52nd tour-level meeting — more than any other two men in tennis history.

BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts and the rolling Boston Red Sox try to win their 11th consecutive game when they host Toronto tonight. Betts had a grand slam and five RBIs in last night’s 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays. Boston owns the longest current winning streak in the big leagues and hasn’t lost since getting routed July 1 at Yankee Stadium.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard comes off the disabled list to make his first big league start since May 25 tonight against the visiting Washington Nationals. The 2016 All-Star has been sidelined by a strained ligament in his right index finger. On the mound for the Nationals is Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk), who is tied for the major league lead in losses. He got no-decisions in two previous starts vs. the Mets this season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prized rookie Walker Buehler returns to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation tonight at home against the Angels. Buehler made his last big league start on June 8 and has made only one awful relief appearance since then because of a rib injury. He allowed five runs in that outing against the Chicago Cubs two weeks ago, raising his ERA from 2.63 to 3.44.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Oakland Athletics own the best record in the majors over their last 24 games, going 19-5 during that stretch and climbing to 12 games over .500. They finished off a series against defending World Series champion Houston yesterday with a win. Tonight they open an interleague series at San Francisco. Edwin Jackson starts against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

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