American teenager advances
LONDON (AP) — Madison Keys has reached the third round in her Wimbledon debut by beating 30th-seeded Mona Barthel (MOH'-nuh BAHR'-tehl) of Germany 6-4, 6-2. The 18-year-old American saved the only break point she faced while converting 3 of 10 on Barthel's serve. This marks the second time in the past three Grand Slam tournaments that Keys has made it to the third round. She lost at that stage at the Australian Open in January.
Former French Open champion Li Na (lee nah) recovered from a second-set slump to beat Simona Halep (HA'-lep) 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 to reach the third round at Wimbledon. The sixth-seeded Li advanced to the third round of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament for the fourth time. She lost in the quarterfinals twice at the All England Club.
Zimm gets 11th win...New heights for Bucs...Two-hitters by Dickey, Griffin
UNDATED (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann and Lance Lynn entered Wednesday's major league action looking to become the National League's first 11-game winners of the season. Only Zimmermann succeeded.
Zimmermann improved to 11-3 by allowing three hits over seven innings of the Nationals' 3-2 triumph over Arizona. He allowed a pair of first-inning runs before limiting the Diamondbacks to one hit over his final six frames.
Tyler Moore hit a solo homer and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
The Nats are 12-3 when Zimmermann starts, 27-35 when he doesn't.
Lynn was tripped up by a four-run fourth that sent Houston to a 4-3 triumph over St. Louis. Homers by Yadier (YAH'-dee-her) Molina and Allen Craig put the Cardinals ahead 3-0 before Lynn was reached for four singles and two walks while the Astros sent nine men to the plate in the fourth.
Houston's bullpen tossed three shutout innings of one-hit ball after starter Erik Bedard gave up three runs and seven hits.
The outcome leaves the Cardinals in a first-place tie with Pittsburgh in the National League Central.
The Pirates are 18 games over .500 for the first time since 1992 after scoring twice in the ninth inning to beat Seattle 4-2. Jordy Mercer singled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth before Travis Snider scored on a wild pitch. Neil Walker hit a two-run homer for the Pirates who own baseball's second-best record at 48-30.
Also in the majors, Mike Trout and Erick Aybar (EYE'-bahr) hit two-run homers in the Angels' 7-4 win over the Tigers in Detroit. Trout had three RBIs to help the Angels overcome back-to-back homers by Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning.
Scott Kazmir took a no-hitter into the seventh, but the Indians blew a 2-0 lead and needed a two-run ninth to beat the Orioles 4-3 in Baltimore. Manny Machado led off the seventh with a double, the only hit allowed by Kazmir in seven innings.
Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) and A.J. Pierzynski (peer-ZIHN'-skee) hit two-run doubles in the third inning of the Rangers' 8-5 win over the New York Yankees. Nelson Cruz added a solo homer and two RBIs as the Rangers won for the seventh time in nine games following a season-high six-game losing streak.
Kansas City beat Atlanta 4-3 on Alex Gordon's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Gordon went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBIs as the Royals won for only the second time in seven games.
R.A. Dickey allowed just two hits in his first complete game of the season as Toronto downed Tampa Bay 3-0. Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 in his first game since missing two months with a sprained ankle.
A.J. Griffin also fired a two-hitter and Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer as Oakland blanked Cincinnati 5-0 to complete a three-game sweep. Griffin struck out seven in his first career complete game.
Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) homered twice to stretch his career-high hitting streak to 23 games, but John Lackey struck out a season-high 12 over seven innings as Boston downed Colorado 5-3. Daniel Nava (NAH'-vah) drove in two runs and Shane Victorino had three RBIs as the Red Sox completed a two-game sweep.
Clayton Kershaw looked good in the Dodgers' 4-2 win over San Francisco, limiting the Giants to two runs and four hits while striking out seven in eight innings. Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) is hitting .435 after going 3-for-4 to help Los Angeles claim its fifth straight win.
Second baseman Logan Forsythe made two errors on a two-out grounder in the 13th inning, bringing home the tiebreaking and insurance runs in Philadelphia's 7-5 comeback win at San Diego. The Padres led 5-3 in the eighth until Delmon Young launched a two-run homer that forced extra innings.
Placido Polanco and Jeff Mathis hit their first homers of the season to help Miami overcome a 3-0 deficit in a 5-3 win over Minnesota. Polanco had gone 350 at-bats before homering for the first time since last June 4, and Mathis was hitting .096 in 52 at-bats this season before going deep.
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double and Scott Feldman tossed six innings in the Cubs' 5-4 win at Milwaukee. The Cubs had dropped nine straight and 19 of their previous 21 games to the Brewers in Milwaukee.
And Shaun Marcum was 0-9 with a 5.76 ERA before holding the White Sox to four hits over eight shutout innings of the New York Mets' 3-0 win at Chicago. The Mets put together a three-run fifth, scoring twice on an error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez before Eric Young's infield single brought home the final run.
Season-ending surgery for Yanks' Teixeira, Orioles' Bundy
UNDATED (AP) — Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist. Recovery time for the surgery is projected at six months. Teixeira was hurt while hitting off a tee March 5, when he was with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic.
In other major league news, Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy also is headed for season-ending surgery. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter says the 20-year-old will undergo elbow ligament-replacement on Thursday. Selected fourth overall in the 2011 amateur draft, Bundy made it to the big leagues with last season but developed arm soreness during spring training this year and never threw in a game.
The Cleveland Indians activated shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder John McDonald for assignment. Cabrera strained his right quadriceps running out a grounder on June 3.
The Red Sox have activated right-hander Clayton Mortensen from the 15-day disabled list after optioning right-hander Pedro Beato to Triple-A. Mortensen had been placed on the DL on June 11 with a strained right groin.
Hernandez charged with murder, released by Pats
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez has become a former member of the New England Patriots after becoming a guest of the Massachusetts penal system.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty after being arrested and charged with murder in the in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home.
Prosecutors say Lloyd had angered Hernandez at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people. Authorities say Hernandez drove Lloyd to a secluded gravel road, where Lloyd was shot multiple times.
The Patriots released the tight end less than two hours after his arrest and before he was charged. The Pats issued a statement saying the team believed the decision to release him was "simply the right thing to do."
Hernandez could get life in prison without parole if convicted.
Browns release player charged with attempted murder
PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have released a rookie who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey. Ausar Walcott turned himself in to Passaic, N.J., police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.
The linebacker was signed by the Browns on May 13 following a tryout.
Clippers introduce Rivers...Bird returning to Pacers...Heat retain Chalmers
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have formally introduced Doc Rivers as their new head coach after sending a first-round pick to the Celtics for him. Rivers says he's eager to guide a team loaded with stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who is expected to stay with the Clippers despite being a free agent.
Meanwhile, Larry Bird is returning to the Indiana Pacers as president of basketball operations. The team has scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning to re-introduce Bird, who's credited with building the team that took the Miami Heat to seven games in this year's Eastern Conference finals. Bird left the team last summer, but says he has had time to reflect, rest and take care of some health issues. He has been attending draft workouts with the Pacers top executives this month. Elsewhere in the NBA, the Miami Heat have decided to exercise their team option to keep starting point guard Mario Chalmers for the 2013-14 season. Chalmers is due to make $4 million this coming season. He averaged 8.6 points per game this season, making a career-best 123 tries from 3-point range.
Power forward Carl Landry has opted out of the final year of his deal with the Golden State Warriors to become a free agent. The 29-year-old averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench last season.
Program slapped by NCAA
UNDATED (AP) — The University of Oregon's football program has received a light punishment from the NCAA.
The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions has released a report stating that former football coach Chip Kelly failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with a Houston-based recruiting service. The program has been stripped of one scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed on probation for three years, but the team avoided a bowl ban.
The NCAA also issued an 18-month show-cause order against Kelly, who's now head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bergeron hospitalized with punctured lung...San Jose re-signs two
UNDATED (AP) — Patrice Bergeron is in a Boston-area hospital this evening with a punctured lung.
The Bruins forward was admitted Monday night, after Boston's season-ending loss to Chicago in the Stanley Cup Final. Bergeron was already a question mark heading into Monday's Game 6, with a broken rib and torn cartilage. He then suffered a separated shoulder in the first period.
Bergeron had 10 goals and 32 points in the shortened regular season, as well as nine goals and 15 points in the postseason.
Blues ink Shattenkirk, Berglund
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have re-signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a four-year contract Wednesday, and reached a one-year deal with center Patrik Berglund.
The 24-year-old Shattenkirk had five goals and 18 assists in 48 games last season. Berglund scored 17 times last season and has 92 goals and 188 points in 358 games over five seasons with the Blues.