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Bumgarner needs one more for 1,500


UNDATED (AP) – Madison Bumgarner is one strikeout shy of 1,500 for his career going into a start against Colorado tonight. The Giants ace will appear in his 239th game, making him the fourth-fastest left-hander to reach 1,500 Ks in the live-ball era, according to stats. This will be Bumgarner’s fifth start this season, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.20 ERA.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Indians rookie Shane Bieber is off to a strong start and gets his first interleague test in a game against St. Louis. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA through three starts, including seven scoreless innings against Detroit last time out. Bieber has 22 strikeouts and three walks in 18 1/3 innings after walking just 18 batters in 274 career minor league innings. The Cardinals will counter with another promising young righty, Jack Flaherty.


– Dallas Keuchel has been the weakest link in Houston’s rotation – which says more about the Astros than Keuchel – but he’s been sharp of late. Over his past two starts, he’s thrown 12 innings without allowing an earned run, and this afternoon he faces a Toronto team that struck out 13 times against Charlie Morton in a 7-0 loss Tuesday to Houston.


– Lorenzo Cain is missing the chance to face his former teammates this week due to a left groin strain. The Brewers center fielder was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, just as Milwaukee opened a series against Kansas City. Cain left the Royals last offseason for an $80 million, five-year deal with the Brewers, and he’s batting .291 with eight homers, 48 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and an .832 OPS for the NL Central leaders.


– The Mets march on in their difficult season a day after learning general manager Sandy Alderson had effectively stepped down because his cancer has returned. Officially, Alderson will take a leave of absence, but he said Tuesday that he was essentially ending his tenure both for his health and because he doesn’t think he’s been successful enough to continue.




Arkansas can claim title tonight


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – They struck out 16 times, and managed just five hits, but the Arkansas Razorbacks were still able to capture Game 1 of the College World Series finals last night by a score of 4-1.


A win tonight over Oregon State in Omaha, Nebraska, will give Arkansas its first national baseball championship.


Oregon State is in the same position it was in back in 2006 when it won its first title. The Beavers lost Game 1 of the finals against North Carolina before winning the last two.




Serena Williams seeded 25


LONDON (AP) – Serena Williams will be seeded Number 25 for her return to Wimbledon after having a baby. The decision by the All England Club elevates the seven-time Wimbledon champion above her ranking of 183rd.


WTA rules allow women who miss time because of a pregnancy to enter events based on their previous ranking, but there’s no guarantee of a seeding.


By moving Williams into the top 32, tournament officials guarantee that she won’t face any other seeded player in either of the first two rounds. She could face someone seeded No. 1 through No. 8 in the third round.


When Williams entered the French Open in May, her first Grand Slam action in 16 months, she was not seeded. She wound up beating the women ranked No. 11 and No. 17 en route to reaching the fourth round. But because of an injured pectoral muscle, Williams pulled out of Roland Garros before what would have been a showdown against five-time major champion Maria Sharapova.




Maradona says he’s fine after being treated at World Cup


MOSCOW (AP) – Argentine football great Diego Maradona says he is well after requiring medical treatment at a World Cup game in Russia.


Footage posted on social media showed Maradona apparently disoriented and being helped to climb stairs at Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria on Tuesday.


He had earlier been seen reacting emotionally to the game and showing a middle-finger salute when Argentina scored. TV footage also showed Maradona with his eyes closed for part of the game.


Maradona might be Argentina’s No. 1 fan at the World Cup, but he’s also proving to be a distraction for a team trying to win soccer’s biggest prize.



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