Update on the latest sports
Holliday hopes for a hit after returning to the Rockies
UNDATED (AP) – Matt Holliday takes aim at getting his first hit of the season when the Rockies host the Cardinals Friday. The 38-year-old outfielder returned to the Rockies Thursday for the first time in a decade and went 0 for 3 against San Diego.
Holliday signed a minor league deal last month after hitting .231 with 19 home runs for the Yankees last year. The seven-time All-Star says he’s grateful to be back with the Rockies, where he hit .319 with 128 homers from 2004-08.
Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela takes the mound for the start of the three-game series against St. Louis. The Cardinals start right-hander Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-lahs), who is 13-3 – the most victories by a first-year St. Louis pitcher since Kyle Lohse in 2008.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– San Francisco right-hander Dereck Rodriguez is set to come off the disabled list today to face Texas at home. The son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez recently strained his hamstring when he ran out of the dugout during a dustup between the Giants and Dodgers. He’s won five straight decisions and his name is now in the NL Rookie of the Year conversation.
– Former home run champ Chris Davis is trying to avoid having the worst batting average for a full-time player since 1900. The Baltimore slugger is hitting .163 heading into Friday’s game at Camden Yards against the Yankees. Davis is in jeopardy of finishing below the .179 mark by Rob Deer in 1991 and Dan Uggla in 2013. At 32, Davis still has four more seasons left on a $161 million, seven-year contract. He has 15 homers and 41 RBIs, and has struck out 158 times in 386 at-bats this year.
– Tigers rookie Mike Gerber is in an 0-for-30 slump, striking out 17 times in that span. The 26-year-old outfielder got four hits in his first 12 at-bats after making his major league debut this season, but nothing since. Detroit continues its home series against the White Sox Friday night.
Colts down to 3 quarterbacks after injured Kaaya waived
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indianapolis Colts have signed cornerback Juante Baldwin and placed quarterback Brad Kaaya on the waived-injured list.
Kaaya did not play in Monday night’s loss to Baltimore and missed practice with a back injury Thursday. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the injured reserve list.
The absence of Kaaya leaves Indy with only three quarterbacks available for Saturday’s game against San Francisco – starter Andrew Luck, last year’s starter Jacoby Brissett and Phillip Walker, who spent last preseason with the Colts before he was released.
Baldwin returns to the Colts after being released late last month. He was signed as an undrafted rookie out of Pittsburg State in mid-June.
With Davis Cup changes set, a remade Fed Cup could be next
LONDON (AP) – Fed Cup prize money will double to $7.5 million next year as the International Tennis Federation looks into how to change the format of the women’s team competition after already overhauling the men’s Davis Cup.
The ITF says Friday it intends to set up a 16-team, one-site Fed Cup tournament, similar to the new Davis Cup setup approved last week.
Already new for 2019 in the Fed Cup: adding third-set tiebreakers and allowing teams to carry five players instead of four.
The total Fed Cup prize money this year is $3.7 million.
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French Open says ‘Non!’ to Serena’s black catsuit
PARIS (AP) – Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open.
The French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, says the tournament that Williams has won three times is introducing a dress code to regulate players’ uniforms because “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far.”
In an interview in Tennis Magazine’s 500th edition, Giudicelli singled out the figure-hugging black suit that Williams wore this year at Roland Garros and said made her feel like a superhero. Giudicelli said: “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.”
He said Roland Garros’ new rules won’t be as strict as Wimbledon’s, which require that players wear white, but will “impose certain limits.”
Many player uniforms for 2019 have already been designed but Giudicelli said the FFT will be asking manufacturers for an advance look at them.
IndyCar: Extent of Wickens’ spinal cord injury still unknown
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – IndyCar said Friday that Canadian driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery this week on his right arm and lower extremities and tests found no additional injuries from his crash at Pocono last weekend.
Wickens has had titanium rods and screws placed in his spine to stabilize a fracture associated with a spinal cord injury. IndyCar said the severity of the spinal cord injury is still unknown and Wickens will require additional corrective surgery and rehabilitation. He remains hospitalized in Pennsylvania.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will not field his car in Saturday night’s race at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.
Wickens’ car sailed into the fence at Pocono when he and Ryan Hunter-Reay made slight contact on Sunday. Hunter-Reay’s car spun and Wickens’ car launched over it and into the fence. A large hole was torn into the fence, causing a two-hour delay for repairs.
The 29-year-old Wickens is a rookie in IndyCar but a championship driver in touring cars in Europe.