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Indians relieved for Francona ... Judge claims Yankee record ... Lonzo Ball fizzles in debut

July 8, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians players are expressing relief that manager Terry Francona’s medical issue had been identified and treated. Francona was released from the Cleveland Clinic last night, one day after undergoing a noninvasive procedure for an irregular heartbeat. All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley describes Francona as “a player’s manager,” saying he brings energy and “keeps guys loose in the dugout.” Bench coach Brad Mills has been filling in for Francona.

NEW YORK (AP) — As the Yankees host the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon, their newest star has claimed a spot in the team’s record book. Aaron Judge hit his 30th home run of the season last night, breaking Joe DiMaggio’s mark for most by a New York rookie. The 6-foot-7 outfielder leads the majors in homers and joins Oakland slugger Mark McGwire as the only big league rookies to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break.

LONDON (AP) — No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee), CoCo Vandeweghe (KEE’-kee VAN’-duh-way) and Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been-yuh MOO’-guh-roo-sah) have all advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic advances on the men’s side. Meanwhile, officials are defending the condition of the courts following complaints from a number of players. Alison Riske said the dirt was “like ice” after taking a fall in her second-round match. But the head of courts and horticulture at the All England Club says measurements show the grass courts to be as healthy as they have been in recent years.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lonzo Ball has made his Los Angeles Lakers debut in a summer league game in Las Vegas. Ball started with a flourish with a perfectly timed lob pass to Brandon Ingram. But that was one of the few bright spots the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. He scored just five points and missed 13 of his 15 shots in a 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Zaza Pachulia’s (pah-KOOL’-yuhz) agent says the Golden State center has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract to stay with the NBA champion Warriors. Pachulia was the starter in Golden State’s three-center rotation last season. The 33-year-old averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes during the postseason.

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