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July 08, 2017 - 2:22 pm

MLB NEWS

Indians' Francona out of hospital after heart procedure

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona has been released from the hospital after undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Francona was discharged from the Cleveland Clinic and is resting at his downtown Cleveland residence. The 58-year-old manager had a cardiac ablation Thursday after experiencing dizziness and an accelerated heart rate the last month.

He was admitted on Tuesday after doctors detected an abnormality from the readings of a heart monitor he had been wearing for several weeks.

Francona will skip next week's All-Star Game in Miami. He is expected to rejoin the Indians and assume his usual duties when the team opens a three-game series in Oakland on July 14.

The Indians went 2-2 while Francona was hospitalized. There was relief among the players when they learned Francona's medical issue had been identified and treated.

Francona is in his fifth season with Cleveland.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Cubs try closing strong, Francona still out

UNDATED (AP) — Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs can ensure themselves at least a .500 record at the All-Star break with a win against the Pirates.

The World Series champions had higher hopes for the first half, but they're still within range of the NL Central-leading Brewers and their top sluggers are in prime form. Bryant homered twice and Rizzo got his 20th of the season in a win over Pittsburgh on Friday, and those two have combined for 38 homers and 94 RBIs this season. They'll try to ensure a series win behind right-hander Jake Arrieta (8-6, 4.33), who will face Pittsburgh's Ivan Nova (8-6, 3.24) in a Wrigley Field night game.

— Brandon McCarthy is expected to come off the DL to start the Dodgers' game tonight against the Royals. McCarthy has been out since June 25 with right knee tendinitis, but he's been mostly solid when healthy, going 6-3 with a 3.25 ERA. Ian Kennedy (3-6, 4.44) will pitch for Kansas City and hasn't allowed more than two earned runs over his past four starts.

— Stephen Strasburg gets his final start before the All-Star break when the Nationals host the Braves this afternoon. Strasburg (9-2, 3.28), headed to his third All-Star Game next Tuesday, is coming off seven scoreless innings against the Mets and hasn't lost since June 7 against the Dodgers. Julio Teheran (6-6, 5.14) tries to end a disappointing first half on a high note for Atlanta.

— Mike Clevinger is working on holding down a rotation spot with Cleveland, and he'll try to extend a strong stretch in a home start against Detroit this evening. Clevinger (4-3, 3.33) is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus last month. He'll face struggling Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (5-5, 4.96), who this week acknowledged that he could be traded if Detroit doesn't turn its season around soon.

— In other matinees, the Brewers are in the Bronx to face the Yankees, the Astros and Blue Jays continue their series in Toronto, Baltimore is at Minnesota, the Phillies host the Padres, the Mets are visiting the Cardinals and Boston is at Tampa Bay.

— Tonight, the L.A. Angels visit the Texas Rangers, the Chicago White Sox are at Colorado, the Marlins are in San Francisco, Oakland is at Seattle, and the Reds and Diamondbacks continue their series in Arizona.

WIMBLEDON

Djokovic advances to 4th round

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic returned to the fourth round at Wimbledon by beating Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (2).

The second-seeded Djokovic lost in the third round at the All England Club last year. On Monday, he will be making his 10th appearance in the final 16 of a tournament he has won three times.

Djokovic won nine consecutive games at one point — the final four of the first set and the first five of the next — and though he was unable to break Gulbis in the third set, he claimed the first three points of the tiebreaker and won the match on the Latvian's forced error.

On the women's side, 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

TOUR DE FRANCE

Calmejane grits teeth to win Stage 8 of Tour

STATION DES ROUSSES, France (AP) — Speeding away on a small mountain road more suited to goats than riders, Lilian Calmejane has won Stage 8 to the Rousses ski station in the Jura Massif for his first victory in his first Tour de France.

Calmejane, riding for French Direct Energie, fought cramp after breaking away on the final climb and hung on, tongue lolling, for victory in only the second visit by the Tour to the Rousses. It was the second win at this Tour for a French rider.

Tour leader Chris Froome finished in a group further back, retaining the overall race lead and its yellow jersey ahead of a second, far harder day of climbing, again in the Jura mountains, on Sunday.

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