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AP Scorecard
July 5, 2018
Friday, July 6th
July 5, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:

 

WIMBLEDON

 

Djokovic, Nadal advance

 

LONDON (AP) – Novak Djokovic overcame an apparent thigh problem to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the third round at Wimbledon.

 

Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.

 

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal also advanced with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Centre Court.

 

Nadal won only 64 percent of points on his first serve and faced 13 break points – including three in the first game of the match – but he saved 11 of them and converted five of his own to wrap up the win in 2 hours, 23 minutes on Centre Court.

 

In other early action today:

 

– Guido Pella of Argentina came from two sets down to stun third-seeded Marin Cilic, beating last year’s finalist in the second round.

 

– Former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber had to come from a set down to oust American qualifier Claire Liu in the second round.

 

– Ninth-seeded John Isner hit 64 aces and saved two match points to reach the third round for the fourth time. Isner beat Ruben Bemelmans in a match that had been suspended by rain on Wednesday.

 

– Eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat Andreas Seppi.

 

– Stan Wawrinka lost to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano.

 

– Frances Tiafoe, a 20-year-old American, reached the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, beating Julien Benneteau of France

 

MLB-SCHEDULE

 

Cueto is back

 

UNDATED (AP) – Johnny Cueto is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list and pitch when the Giants open a four-game series at home against the Cardinals. Cueto was placed on the disabled list May 1 with inflammation in his right elbow. A few days later, he visited Dr. James Andrews, who diagnosed him with a strained elbow. Cueto is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in five starts this season.

 

Elsewhere in the majors:

 

– Justin Verlander tries to stop a personal slide when the Astros open a series against the White Sox. Verlander has allowed nine runs in 11 2/3 innings over his past two starts, taking losses to Toronto and Tampa Bay. Carlos Rodon is up for Chicago.

 

– Joe Mauer needs one double to give him 415 in his career, which would break a tie with Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett for the Twins’ franchise record. Minnesota has lost six straight and returns home from a 1-and-8 road trip to play Baltimore, which has the worst record in the majors at 24-61.

 

– The Nationals open a series against Miami hoping to end a five-game skid and get back to .500. Washington fell to 42-43 with a loss to Boston on Wednesday, the first time the preseason NL East favorites have been under .500 this late in the year since Aug. 21, 2015. The Nationals held a players’ only meeting after a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox.

 

– Angels rookie Jaime Barria will start against AL West-leading Seattle in place of Tyler Skaggs a day after the left-hander went on the DL with a thigh strain. Barria is making his 12th start of the season and has given up two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. Lefty Marco Gonzales makes his first start since pitching the first complete game of his career in a 4-1 win over Kansas City.