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July 12, 2014 - 2:16pm
20 hours 53 min ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, a move that has nothing to do with his performance in Baltimore.

Gonzalez pitched eight strong innings Friday night against the New York Yankees. But he won't be needed again until well after the All-Star break, so the Orioles sent him to the minors and recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Norfolk.

Gonzalez is eligible to return on July 22, Baltimore's fifth...

July 12, 2014 - 2:01pm
20 hours 53 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez will replace Washington's Jordan Zimmermann on the National League's roster for Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Zimmermann left Friday night's start against Philadelphia after 3 1-3 innings because of a right biceps injury.

Alvarez, a first-time All-Star, is 6-4 with a 2.63 ERA and three shutouts in19 starts. He pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the...

July 12, 2014 - 1:56pm
20 hours 53 min ago

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Pablo Cuevas advanced to the Swedish Open final by defeating Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-3 Saturday.

The 28-year-old Uruguayan, who has fought a serious knee injury for the past three years, trailed 5-1 in the tie-breaker before rallying to take the first set at the Bastad Tennis Stadium.

Cuevas will play his first ATP final on Sunday against the fifth-seeded Joao Sousa.

The Portuguese beat...

July 12, 2014 - 1:55pm
20 hours 53 min ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is returning home to the Dominican Republic after the death of his 9-month old son.

The team broke the news to Segura after Friday night's game, a 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was placed on the bereavement list Saturday.

Segura's mother attended Friday's game and told several of the wives of Brewers players. And they told Segura.

The Brewers recalled Elian...

July 12, 2014 - 1:54pm
20 hours 53 min ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the All-Star game coming to the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Twins see the mid-summer party as more than a way to distract from another disappointing season.

In some ways, it's a referendum on the success of outdoor baseball in the chilly north country and the first chance 5-year-old Target Field has had to take center stage.

The Twins' new urban jewel of a ballpark opened in 2010 but has hosted only one postseason series. So...

July 12, 2014 - 1:37pm
21 hours 23 min ago

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Tiger Woods returned to Royal Liverpool on Saturday for the first time since he won his third British Open title in 2006.

The links course looked the same — except for the color of the grass.

Woods eight years ago played on a links that was baked out and brown from weeks of sunshine. The course was so firm and fast that he famously hit driver only once in 72 holes on his way to a two-shot victory over Chris DiMarco....

July 12, 2014 - 1:31pm
20 hours 53 min ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas. Just one more source of motivation for Germany ahead of Sunday's final against Argentina.

"We know we can write history," Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "South Americans have always dominated on their continent and this is an extra incentive for us."

The geographical disadvantage is one of the few things going against Germany at the moment. The team has all the...

July 12, 2014 - 1:22pm
22 hours 33 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have recalled right-hander Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

McAllister began the season in Cleveland's rotation and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore back on May 22. He was activated on June 20 and sent to the minors the following day. McAllister is 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 starts for the Indians.

Right-hander Vinnie Pestano was...

July 12, 2014 - 1:19pm
8 hours 53 min ago

Jeremy Lin is still on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, even after the Houston Rockets failed to land coveted forward Chris Bosh in free agency.

The Rockets still plan to execute the trade that will send the point guard to Los Angeles for cash, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday. The people requested anonymity because the trade has not been officially announced.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey plunged into the free...

July 12, 2014 - 1:14pm
20 hours 53 min ago

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — The Race Team Alliance is not only open for business, the ownership clique is ready for new members.

RTA chairman Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, said teams outside of the inaugural nine that formed together have expressed interest in joining and want to collaborate on initiatives and issues facing NASCAR.

Kauffman said teams that have attempted to qualify in 95 percent of the 72 Sprint Cup races over the last...

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