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July 19, 2019
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Holmes shows no signs of slowing down at Open


PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) – J.B. Holmes is showing no signs of slowing down at the British Open.


Holmes, the first round leader after an opening 66, added a 3-under 68 to take the clubhouse lead at Royal Portrush.


On a day when conditions were favorable for early starters, Holmes was at 8 under, tied with Shane Lowry, who was still on the front nine.


England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood, finished their rounds one shot back of Holmes.


Tiger Woods, meanwhile, still has an outside chance to make the cut. He was 3 under for the day playing the back nine. Rory McIlroy, the local favorite who opened with a 79, had yet to tee off for his second round.


After a first day of rain and blustery conditions, the sky was overcast but the wind was generally light.




‘Savage’ Yanks host Rockies, deadline watch


UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees open a three-game home series against Colorado with a new rallying cry inspired by manager Aaron Boone’s profane rant during a doubleheader sweep of the Rays on Thursday.


Boone repeatedly called his hitters “savages” in the batter’s box while chewing out rookie plate umpire Brennan Miller during the second inning of the opener. Television microphones picked up the audio, which went viral and was being printed on t-shirts before the first game ended.


Asked about the unusual expression, Boone said “Sometimes in the heat of the battle, you just kind of utter some things.”


– Evaluators figure to be tuned into starts by Toronto’s Marcus Stroman and Texas’ Mike Minor with the July 31 trade deadline approaching. The 28-year-old Stroman (5-10, 3.25) is set to face Detroit knowing he’s likely auditioning for a number of contenders. Minor’s Rangers opened the second half as wild-card hopefuls, but they have lost four straight, including a 19-4 drubbing by Arizona on Wednesday. Minor has said he doesn’t want to be traded, but general manager Jon Daniels said last week the team was “not going to rule anything out.”


– Mike Montgomery (1-2, 5.67) will make his first big league appearance with Kansas City a decade after he emerged as a top prospect in the Royals system. Montgomery was traded to Tampa Bay in a package that brought back Wade Davis and James Shields in 2012 and eventually ended up with the Cubs, who he helped win a World Series in 2016. Chicago traded him to the Royals this week for catcher Martin Maldonado, and the left-hander is set to start against Cleveland All-Star MVP Shane Bieber (8-3, 3.49).


– There’s a matinee in Chicago, where San Diego sends lefty Eric Lauer to the mound against Jon Lester and the Cubs.


– The rest of the National League schedule has the Washington Nationals in Atlanta, the Cardinals in Cincinnati, Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, the Arizona Diamondbacks hosting Milwaukee, Miami at the L.A. Dodgers and the Mets back on the field in San Francisco after a 16-inning loss against the Giants last night.


– In the American League, it’s Boston at Baltimore, Chicago’s White Sox in Tampa Bay, Oakland at Minnesota, and the Seattle Mariners hosting the L.A. Angels.



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