Update on the latest in sports:
Jun. 19, 2017
Turning the page
UNDATED (AP) — Red-hot Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians open a four-game series at Baltimore 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.
— 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. It's been a challenging stretch at the plate for the Mets, who lost to Washington star Max Scherzer on Friday and hard-throwing teammate Stephen Strasburg on Saturday. Zack Wheeler gets the ball for New York, coming off the worst start of his career vs. the Cubs.
— 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 for the first time since 2013. Hammel has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts.
— Looking to stop a nine-game losing streak, the last-place Reds send Scott Feldman to the mound at Tampa Bay. The skid is the longest for Cincinnati since an 11-game slide in May 2016. Six of the losses came against the Dodgers.
— Fueled by Eric Thames, the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers have hit at least two homers in four consecutive games and gotten each of their last 15 runs via the long ball. Thames has four homers in his past five games and 20 for the season. All that power could be trouble for Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, who has allowed eight homers over his past five starts. Matt Garza is up for Milwaukee and has allowed 15 earned runs in his last four outings, a span of 20 innings.
— Russell Martin has seven home runs this season, and five have either tied the game or given Toronto a lead, including his tying shot in a victory over the White Sox on Sunday. The Blue Jays are set to open a four-game series at Texas, the site of last year's brawl that included Rougned Odor's punch to the face of Jose Bautista.
Larry Grantham, former Jets linebacker, dies at 78
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 announced Sunday night that 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. He was a five-time AFL All-Star during his 13 years with the team and was inducted into the Jets' Ring of Honor in 2011.
US SKI TEAM-REBRAND
UNDATED (AP) - The leaders of the U.S. skiing and snowboarding team 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 athletes to the Olympics every four years. The idea is to make clear that all those athletes — Alpine skiers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders — are part of the same team.
They will also use a single logo instead of the three that were previously used for the different disciplines.
CEO Tiger Shaw says, "We had a complex brand structure with not a lot of strategy behind it, necessarily."
ROYAL ASCOT-AMERICAN STRENGTH
Ward leads record American challenge at Royal Ascot
UNDATED (AP) — American trainer Wesley A. Ward has entered 10 horses at Royal Ascot as part of the largest contingent of U.S. runners to compete at the prestigious racing festival staged just outside London.
The most celebrated of Ward's entries could give him an early success.
Lady Aurelia, who won the Queen Mary Stakes in 2016, returns to run in the King's Stand Stakes, the signature race Tuesday on the opening day of the festival. She is the pre-race favorite at 3-1 and will be ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori.
Ward has a U.S.-record seven winners at Ascot since his first in 2009.