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Federer, Djokovic in action at Wimbledon...Yankee rookies in HR Derby...Royals win again

July 4, 2017

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will play first-round matches on Centre Court at Wimbledon later today. Federer, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, hasn’t lost a Grand Slam match since last year’s semifinals at the All England Club; he skipped the 2016 U.S. Open, won the Australian Open in January for his record 18th major title, and then sat out the French Open. He is 3-0 against his opponent, Alexandr Dolgopolov (dohl-goh-POH’-luv) and has never lost a set in those matches. If Federer wins again, it will give him 85 career match victories at Wimbledon, breaking a tie with Jimmy Connors for the most at the tournament in the Open era.

NEW YORK (AP) — The lineup is set for the Home Run Derby next Monday in Major League Baseball — and here come the Baby Bombers. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the young sluggers who lead the New York Yankees’ offense, will participate in the long ball contest during All-Star festivities in Miami. Judge, a rookie who homered in his first major league at-bat last August, tops the majors with 27 home runs. He entered Monday leading the American League with a .330 batting average and 62 RBIs.

SEATTLE (AP) — On the West Coast last night, Mike Moustakas hit his 23rd homer of the season to lead the resurgent Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 victory over the host Seattle Mariners. It was the most home runs ever hit by a Kansas City player before the All-Star break. The big night for Moustakas came on the same day that the third baseman was added to the Home Run Derby festivities for the All-Star Game next Tuesday.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Benintendi blooped a two-run single over a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 for their American League-best fifth straight victory. Boston needed extra innings after Mike Napoli led off the Rangers ninth with a homer off All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, who had blown only one of his previous 24 save opportunities.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Todd Frazier doubled twice and drove in two runs to back Carlos Rodon’s first win of the season, and the Chicago White Sox beat the slumping Oakland Athletics 7-2. Melky Cabrera added three hits and an RBI, Willy Garcia doubled twice while Matt Davidson had an RBI double to break out of a personal slump and help Chicago to its fifth win in seven games.

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