Update on the latest sports
Men’s semifinal underway
LONDON (AP) – The first men’s semifinal is underway at Wimbledon, with Kevin Anderson of South Africa taking on John Isner of the U.S. Both are appearing in their first semifinal at the All England Club.
Anderson won the first set, 7-6 (6), and Isner won the second, 7-6 (5). Neither player has been broken so far. Anderson had the only break point of the set at 30-40 in the ninth game but Isner saved it with a forehand volley.
Friday’s other semifinal features Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich). It will be their 52nd tour-level meeting – more than any other two men in tennis history.
Red Sox go for 11th straight win
UNDATED (AP) – Mookie Betts and the rolling Boston Red Sox try to win their 11th consecutive game when they host Toronto tonight. Betts had a grand slam and five RBIs in last night’s 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays. Boston owns the longest current winning streak in the big leagues and hasn’t lost since getting routed July 1 at Yankee Stadium.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard comes off the disabled list to make his first big league start since May 25 tonight against the visiting Washington Nationals. The 2016 All-Star has been sidelined by a strained ligament in his right index finger. On the mound for the Nationals is Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk), who is tied for the major league lead in losses. He got no-decisions in two previous starts vs. the Mets this season.
– Prized rookie Walker Buehler returns to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation tonight at home against the Angels. Buehler made his last big league start on June 8 and has made only one awful relief appearance since then because of a rib injury. He allowed five runs in that outing against the Chicago Cubs two weeks ago, raising his ERA from 2.63 to 3.44.
– The Oakland Athletics own the best record in the majors over their last 24 games, going 19-5 during that stretch and climbing to 12 games over .500. They finished off a series against defending World Series champion Houston yesterday with a win. Tonight they open an interleague series at San Francisco. Edwin Jackson starts against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
– Matt Harvey wanted nothing more than to prove he could still pitch at a high level when he was traded from the New York Mets to Cincinnati in May. Since the deal, the right-hander has lowered his ERA from 7.00 to 4.48 – and allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last four starts. Harvey will try to continue his recent surge when he pitches for the Reds as they open a weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals, who send right-hander Carlos Martinez to the mound.