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June 19, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals and first-round pick Nick Pratto agreed today to a contract that includes a $3.45 million signing bonus, and the high school first baseman will head to Arizona to begin his professional career. Pratto was chosen with the 14th overall pick out of Huntington Beach, California, and flew to Kansas City with his family to make his deal official. He signed it before the Royals opened a series against the Red Sox and then toured Kauffman Stadium, where he hopes to play in the future.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was out of the starting lineup for the team’s series opener against the Royals tonight after getting hit by a pitch in Houston that caused him to spit up blood. Pedroia was hit in the left ribcage by a 92 mph fastball from James Hoyt in the seventh inning Sunday. He played two more innings in the field before leaving the game and getting X-rays that came back negative. He had an MRI exam Monday that confirmed Pedroia did not fracture any ribs.

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.

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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