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Red Sox try to end slide


UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox try to stop their biggest slide in four years when they begin a seven-game homestand tonight against Kansas City. The reigning World Series champions lost 7-4 to the New York Yankees on Sunday night, completing a four-game sweep and running their losing streak to eight games. Rick Porcello pitches in the series opener against Kansas City, and Mike Montgomery starts for the Royals, who’ve lost six in a row.


Also on the big-league schedule:


– The Mets host Miami in a doubleheader, looking to sweep and go over .500.


– Charlie Morton is set to start for Tampa Bay against prized rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays. In Morton’s big league debut in 2008 with Atlanta, he faced Guerrero’s father – future Hall of Famer Vlad, then with the Angels. The senior Guerrero went 1 for 3 against Morton on that day. Morton takes on Toronto at Tropicana Field.


– Cubs starters have gone six straight games without issuing a walk, which the team says is its longest such streak since at least 1905. Kyle Hendricks tries to keep the string going when he starts at Wrigley Field against Oakland.


– Vince Velasquez pitches for the Phillies when they open a three-game set at Arizona in a matchup of wild-card contenders. The right-hander was impressive in his last game – as a left fielder. When Philadelphia went into the 14th inning against the White Sox, Velasquez was inserted into the outfield. He threw out one runner at the plate, almost got another and made a diving catch.


– The Indians will promote righty Aaron Civale from Triple-A Columbus to pitch at home against Texas. His lone big league appearance came on June 22, when he pitched six scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over Detroit.


– Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball for the Yankees at last-place Baltimore when New York begins a seven-game trip against two AL East also-rans. The Yankees have won five in a row.


– Atlanta righthander Mike Soroko looks for his eleventh win against just two losses when the Braves open a three-game interleague series in Minnesota against the Twins.


– Michael Wacha gets the ball for the St. Louis Cardinals, who are in Los Angeles for the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers. Rookie Tony Gonsolin makes his second career start for L-A.


– The San Francisco Giants open a three-game series at home against the Washington Nationals. The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pirates play the first of three in Pittsburgh. The Detroit Tigers host the Chicago White Sox in a series opener. And the Angels are in Cincinnati for an interleague matchup against the Reds.




Lightning sign veteran defenseman Shattenkirk


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Monday.


Shattenkirk played 73 games for the New York Rangers last season, finishing with two goals and ranking first among the team’s defensemen in assists (26) and points (28).


The 30-year-old has spent nine seasons in the league, also playing for Washington, St. Louis and Colorado.


He has 75 goals, 349 points and 368 penalty minutes during his career of 609 games. He was an All-Star with the Blues in 2015 and has five goals and 34 points in 60 career playoff games.




Messi to miss U.S. games


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Barcelona says Lionel Messi has strained his right calf and will not travel to the United States for two preseason games.


The Spanish champion says Messi withdrew from Monday’s training session because of “discomfort in his right leg.” The club did not say when it expects him to be fit again.


Barcelona’s first official match of the season is its Spanish league opener at Athletic Bilbao on Aug. 17.


Before that, the team will visit the U.S. and play a friendly against Napoli in Miami on Thursday. It will then play another game against the same Italian opponent at the University of Michigan on Saturday.


Messi had been on holiday since his Argentina finished third in the Copa America last month.



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