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Kerber advances...Verlander looks to stop slide...Cueto is back

July 5, 2018

LONDON (AP) — Former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber had to come from a set down to oust American qualifier Claire Liu in the second round today at Wimbledon. In other early action today, ninth-seeded John Isner hit 64 aces and saved two match points to reach the third round for the fourth time. Isner beat Ruben Bemelmans in a match that had been suspended by rain on Wednesday. Eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat Andreas Seppi. And Stan Wawrinka lost to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano.

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander tries to stop a personal slide when the Astros open a series against the White Sox. Verlander has allowed nine runs in 11 2/3 innings over his past two starts, taking losses to Toronto and Tampa Bay. Carlos Rodon is up for Chicago.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list and pitch when the Giants open a four-game series at home against the Cardinals. Cueto was placed on the disabled list May 1 with inflammation in his right elbow. A few days later, he visited Dr. James Andrews, who diagnosed him with a strained elbow. Cueto is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in five starts this season.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer needs one double to give him 415 in his career, which would break a tie with Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett for the Twins’ franchise record. Minnesota has lost six straight and returns home from a 1-and-8 road trip to play Baltimore, which has the worst record in the majors at 24-61.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev says he is fit to play against Croatia in the World Cup quarterfinals Saturday after recovering from injury. Dzagoev hurt his hamstring during Russia’s opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia and says he’s also struggled with an old back problem.

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