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Kluber checked


UNDATED (AP) – The Indians will see how ace Corey Kluber is feeling, a day after he was pulled from a Triple-A rehab start because of abdominal tightness.


The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner pitched one scoreless inning for Columbus before exiting as a precaution. The 33-year-old right-hander will be examined in Cleveland.


Kluber hasn’t pitched in the majors since his right forearm was broken by a line drive on May 1.




– The Brewers are hoping to have outfielder Lorenzo Cain and catcher Yasmani Grandal back in the lineup for the series opener at St. Louis in a matchup of NL Central contenders. Cain injured his oblique Friday night at Washington and didn’t play the rest of the weekend. Grandal didn’t start Sunday after manager Craig Counsell said the two-time All-Star lost an excessive amount of weight a day earlier in a 5-hour, 40-minute game.


– Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and newcomer Zack Greinke get most of the attention in a potent rotation for the AL West-leading Astros. But lefty Wade Miley (11-4, 3.11 ERA) has put together an outstanding season for Houston, and looks to win his sixth straight decision over 11 starts when Detroit visits Minute Maid Park.


– Reds righty Trevor Bauer (10-9, 4.12 ERA) starts at home against San Diego. He’s hoping to bounce back from his last outing, when he was tagged for a career-high nine runs in 4 1/3 innings at Washington. Bauer is 1-1 in three starts since being traded from Cleveland to Cincinnati. In his last start for the Indians, he threw a ball from just behind the mound over the center field wall in Kansas City after getting pulled.


– Shohei Ohtani has a career-best nine-game hitting streak for the Angels. He homered Sunday in a 9-2 win over the White Sox. The AL Rookie of the Year last season as a two-way player is hitting .299 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs. Ohtani, who isn’t pitching this year while recovering from Tommy John surgery, next plays at Texas. This will be the Angels’ first trip back to Globe Life Park since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room before the start of a series in early July. The teams played three games after the opener was postponed.




Former Cleveland coach David Blatt diagnosed with MS


PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) – Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt says he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.


Blatt says he was diagnosed with condition, which attacks the central nervous system, “a few months ago” and has experienced fatigue, weakness in his legs and balance problems.


In a statement via Greek club Olympiakos, Blatt says he will keep working because “I am a coach and my job is to lead and teach and inspire a lot of people. Not being as agile or active doesn’t affect my ability to do those things.”


Blatt adds that “while I ask my players and staff to be the best version of themselves, I must ask and even demand from myself to do the same.”




European Tour introduces 4-point plan to tackle slow play


VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) – The European Tour has announced a four-point plan to crack down on slow play in golf.


Starting in the 2020 season, players will be handed a one-shot penalty if they breach time allowances twice in a round. The tour says there will be “significantly increased fines” for players who are on the clock.


Players will have to pass an interactive test on pace-of-play rules as part of their conditions of membership.


A pace-of-play timing system will be tested at next month’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the European Tour’s flagship event, including on-tee displays showing players their position in relation to the group in front.




China calls up Brazil-born Elkeson for World Cup qualifier


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Brazil-born striker Elkeson is set to become the first player of non-Chinese heritage to play for China’s national soccer team when it starts its World Cup qualifying campaign next month.


According to an announcement from the Asian Football Confederation, the 30-year-old Elkeson, who has played in the Chinese league since 2013 and meets FIFA’s five-year residency requirement, has been named in the squad by coach Marcello Lippi for China’s trip to the Maldives on Sept. 10.


The Guangzhou (gwahng-joh) Evergrande player, the top scorer in China in 2013 and 2014, will try to help his adopted country qualify for the World Cup for the first time since its debut appearance in 2002.



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