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July 06, 2017 - 10:36 am


All-Star Sale

UNDATED (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale makes his final appearance before the All-Star Game, putting him in line to potentially start for the American League next Tuesday in Miami.

Sale (11-3, 2.61 ERA) enters a game this evening against Tampa Bay with double-digit strikeouts in three of his past four outings, including seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts against Toronto last Saturday.

In other MLB action:

— Fan voting online for the final spot on each All-Star roster ends at 4 p.m. EDT, and the two winners will be announced a few hours later on MLB Network. As of Wednesday afternoon, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was leading the American League balloting over shortstops Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox, Didi Gregorius of the Yankees and Elvis Andrus of the Rangers, as well as Rays first baseman Logan Morrison. Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was at the front of the National League field, followed by Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds and Marlins first baseman Justin Bour.

— Justin Verlander's once-secure future in Detroit has become increasingly uncertain. With the Tigers languishing below .500, the pressure may soon be on general manager Al Avila to trade some of his biggest stars, including the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner who debuted with Detroit in 2005.

— Indians manager Terry Francona will miss at least a few more games as doctors try to pinpoint his medical issues. Francona was still at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday getting tests to determine what has been causing light-headedness and an increased heart rate over the past month. The 58-year-old Francona was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.

—The Dodgers and Diamondbacks conclude a three-game series with a battle of left-handers: Los Angeles' Rich Hill (5-4, 4.00) against Arizona's Robbie Ray (8-4, 3.06). Hill dominated San Diego in his previous start, a promising sign after a first half of the season plagued by blisters and inconsistent performance. Ray was named to his first All-Star team Sunday, although he's 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA over his past three starts.

—Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY'-vihch) makes his first start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Oakland. The hard-throwing 25-year-old was pulled after Matt Olson's leadoff homer on his career-high 119th pitch, and he got an extra day of rest ahead of his scheduled start against Washington. Foltynewicz (6-5, 3.83) was 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in six starts last month.


Novak Djokovic wins in 3 sets this time at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) had to play all three sets at Wimbledon this time.

The three-time champion has advanced to the third round today by beating Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, two days after his opening match ended early when his opponent retired with an injury.

Djokovic won the Wimbledon title in 2011, '14 and '15. But he has not won a major title since completing a career Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open.

He will next face Juan Martin del Potro or Ernests Gulbis.

— David Ferrer reached Wimbledon's third round for the first time since 2013 when his opponent, Steve Darcis, stopped because of a back injury while trailing 3-0. Darcis is the eighth man to retire during a match this week. He took a medical timeout after 18 minutes of play and was unable to continue. Darcis, a Belgian ranked 61st, is best known for beating Rafael Nadal in the first round at Wimbledon in 2013.

— Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded seventh, advanced to the third round along with 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe.

—Bernard Tomic of Australia has been fined $15,000 at Wimbledon for unsportsmanlike conduct. At a news conference two days ago, Tomic said he felt "a little bit bored out there" during his match, and said he "just couldn't find any motivation" to compete. Daniil Medvedev of Russia was given three fines totaling $14,500 after throwing a handful of coins in the direction of the chair umpire after a second-round loss Wednesday.


Sagan's team appeals to CAS to overturn Tour de France DQ

TROYES, France (AP) — Peter Sagan's team says it has lodged an appeal to suspend the world champion's disqualification from the Tour de France with the Switzerland-based Court of Arbritration for Sport.

Sagan was sent home from the race for elbowing British rival Mark Cavendish during Stage 4 on Tuesday.

The Bora-Hansgrohe team says the appeal is an "urgent motion to suspend the decision of the 'commissaires panel.'"

The team says it and Sagan "would like to reiterate their position that Sagan did not cause, let alone deliberately, the fall of Mark Cavendish. ... Sagan stayed on his line and could not see Cavendish on the right side."

The incident forced Cavendish to abandon the race with a broken shoulder.


Infant struck by foul ball at pro baseball game hospitalized

AUGUSTA, N.J. (AP) — An 11-month-old child has been hospitalized after being hit by a line drive foul ball during a professional baseball game in New Jersey.

NJ.com says the infant was hit Wednesday night during a Sussex County Miners game at Skylands Stadium in Augusta.

New Jersey state police say the child was conscious and alert when flown to University Hospital in Newark.

The Miners are in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, an independent league.

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