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Update on the latest in sports:




Rays visit Yankees


NEW YORK (AP) – A day after the Rays came within an inning of baseball’s first ever combined perfect game, ace lefty Blake Snell faces the first-place Yankees in the Bronx. Snell’s last visit was a historical flop. He became the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to allow six runs and get no more than one out in a start. Snell has adjusted and improved since, even pitching five innings of one-run ball in a home start against New York before the All-Star break.


In other major league action:


– The Dodgers head to Philadelphia a night after a marathon game at Fenway Park. Los Angeles needed 5 hours, 40 minutes to finish off a 7-4, 12-inning victory over the Red Sox. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for LA’s series opener against Phillies righthander Zach Eflin.


– The Cubs have come rolling out of the All-Star break and are hoping to build a little separation in the crowded NL Central during a three-game home series against Cincinnati. Coming off a three-game sweep over Pittsburgh, Chicago leads the division but is only 6 1/2 games ahead of the last-place Reds.


– Coming off of a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres, the Atlanta Braves are in Milwaukee for the first of three against the Brewers.
– The San Francisco Giants, who’ve lost 19 of their last 22 games at Coors Field, hope to change their luck there as they open a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies with a day-night doubleheader.


– Rick Porcello is on the mound for the Boston Red Sox as they open a four-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays, who are starting righthander Trent Thornton.


– Pirates righthander Joe Musgrove pitches the opener of a three-game series at St. Louis, while righty Miles Mikolas goes for the Cardinals.
– Houston Astros lefty Framber Valdez will follow opener Josh James and pitch on three days rest against the Angels in Anaheim. Angels rookie Griffin Canning gets his first look at the Western Division leaders.


– The Kansas City Royals open a four-game series at home against the Chicago White Sox.


– The Detroit Tigers are in Cleveland for the opener of a four-game set against the Indians.




Trout to get MRI


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Angels star Mike Trout will have an MRI a day after leaving a game with right calf tightness.
The Angels don’t believe the injury is serious, and Trout said he wanted to continue playing Sunday but was convinced to be cautious by manager Brad Ausmus.


The two-time AL MVP had eight homers and 18 RBIs in his previous seven games, including a memorable first-inning shot during the Angels’ emotional no-hitter Friday in their first home game since pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ death.




Halep, Williams, Gauff all move up


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Simona Halep’s Wimbledon championship has lifted her from No. 7 to No. 4 in the WTA rankings, and runner-up Serena Williams moved up to No. 9, her best placing since returning to the tour last season after having a baby.


Coco Gauff’s magical run from a wild-card entry in qualifying all the way to the fourth round at the All England Club allowed her to move into the WTA’s top 150 on Monday.


The 15-year-old American rises to No. 141 from No. 313.


Another big jump came from Barbora Strycova. The 33-year-old became the oldest first-time Grand Slam semifinalist in the professional era before losing to Williams and moved up 22 places to No. 32. Strycova is No. 1 in the doubles rankings after winning that event at Wimbledon.
French Open champion Ash Barty remains at No. 1 in singles.


Wimbledon men’s champ Novak Djokovic stayed atop the ATP rankings. Rafael Nadal is No. 2 and runner-up Roger Federer is No. 3.



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