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Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:28 pm


Cards climb into NL Central tie...Yanks blank Orioles

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have a chance Sunday to take the lead in the National League Central. The defending NL champion Cardinals climbed into a tie with the fading Milwaukee Brewers by defeating the Brew Crew 10-2. That's the Brewers' seventh straight loss. St. Louis trailed by 6 1/2 games on July 1.

The Brewers played with heavy hearts. They mourned the death of shortstop Jean Segura's young son.

Segura left the team and traveled home to the Dominican Republic, a day after his 9-month-old son died. The Brewers observed a moment of silence for Janniel Segura, and the clubhouse was closed before the game.

The 24-year-old shortstop learned his son had died after the Brewers' 7-6 loss to St. Louis on Friday night. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee) said the boy had been ill.

Adam Wainwright improved to 12-2 with seven strong innings.

In other baseball:

— The New York Yankees blanked Baltimore 3-0. Rookie Shane Greene pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning of his second major league start. Derek Jeter had two hits and an RBI.

— The New York Mets got a pinch-hit home run from Eric Young and beat Miami 5-4. The Mets continued their final play, improving to 7-2 on their final homestand before the All-Star break

— Aaron Hill homered, doubled and scored twice, Wade Miley pitched seven shutout innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0. That's the fifth time in the last 13 games that the Giants have been shut out.

— Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist delivered key hits during a six-run outburst that helped the Tampa Bay Rays to a 10-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

— Kevin Correia (kohr-AY'-uh) pitched six innings of one-run ball, Eduardo Escobar homered, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3.

— Jason Castro hit a two-run homer and Chris Carter had a tiebreaking infield RBI single in the eighth inning in the Houston Astros' 3-2 win over Boston.

— The Chicago White Sox evened up their weekend series with the Indians with a 6-2 win in Cleveland. Jose Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) smacked his 29th homer of the season for the Sox, with a man on, and Gordan Beckham drove in two runs as well.

— Chris Johnson homered twice and pitcher Mike Minor hit his second career home run, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Chicago Cubs 11-6.


A change in NL pitchers

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez will replace Washington's Jordan Zimmermann on the National League's roster for Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Zimmermann left Friday night's start against Philadelphia after 3 1-3 innings because of a right biceps injury.

Alvarez, a first-time All-Star, is 6-4 with a 2.63 ERA and three shutouts in 19 starts. He pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 regular season.


James signs 2-year deal with flexibility...Gasol says he is Chicago bound

UNDATED (AP)— LeBron James signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers that provides flexibility for the NBA's biggest star with the league's maximum salary expected to rise in the future.

A person familiar with the negotiations says James' contract includes an option for the four-time league MVP to become a free agent next summer. However, it is strictly "a business deal." That's according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not commented about the agreement.

By only signing for two years, James can get another contract with the Cavs before the 2016-17 season when a new television deal is expected to push the maximum contract higher. The max contract for next season is $20.7 million. Until this deal, James had never been the highest paid player on his team in 11 seasons as a pro.

In other NBA free agency news:

— Free-agent center Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') says he has decided to join the Chicago Bulls. He announced on his verified Twitter account that he was looking forward to the "new chapter" of his career in Chicago. It was unclear if Gasol had signed with the Bulls or was a part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he had played for parts of seven seasons.

— The San Antonio Spurs have re-signed guard Patty Mills. He averaged 10.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game last season, providing offensive spark off the bench in helping the Spurs win the NBA title in June. His playing status is up in the air right now as Mills tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder and could miss six months or more while recovering.

— A day after securing the services of LeBron James the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired center Brendan Haywood and forward Dwight Powell from Charlotte for guard Scotty Hopson and cash considerations.

— The Utah Jazz have matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer for restricted free agent Gordon Hayward. Hayward averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season while leading the Jazz in scoring and minutes.

— Free agent guard Anthony Morrow has agreed to three-year, $10 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Morrow's agent, Wallace Prather, confirmed the agreement and details of the deal in a text message to The Associated Press. Morrow, who played for New Orleans last season, has career averages of 10.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in six NBA seasons.


Sauers takes 3-shot lead into Sunday

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Gene Sauers shot a 3-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead in the third round of the U.S. Senior Open. Sauers had a 33 on the back nine to take control at Oak Tree National heading into the final round on Sunday. He is at 7 under for the tournament.

Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap are tied for second at 4 under.


Mickelson well back at the Scottish Open

ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Marc Warren of Scotland and Justin Rose of England share the lead after three rounds of the Scottish Open. Each will start the fourth round at 10 under par, one shot in front of Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg. Defending champion Phil Mickelson is well off the lead at minus-1.

This is the final British Open tune-up before next week's Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.


Park has the lead

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Inbee Park has the lead after three rounds of the Women's British Open. She shot a 4-under 68 to finish play 4 shots under par, one shot in front of Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng and Sun-Ju Ahn.

Park is trying to become only the seventh player to win four of the LPGA Tour's majors.


Harman leads the way

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Brian Harman has the lead after three rounds of the PGA's John Deere Classic. Following a third round 6-under-65 he stands 17-under-par, one shot in front of Steve Stricker. Scott Brown resides in third at 15-under following his 10-under 61.


Dixon starts from pole

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Scott Dixon led the field to the green flag for the start of the IndyCar race at the Iowa Speedway today. That's the good news. The bad is that the pole sitter has never won an IndyCar race at the track.

Dixon will be joined on the top line by Target Chip Ganassi teammate Tony Kanaan (kuh-NAHN') who won the race in 2010.

Point's co-leader Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz) will start third. He and Will Power go into the race with a 44-point lead over Simon Pagenaud.


Davenport leads the way

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Lindsay Davenport has reached her sport's highest honor, with her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Davenport highlights a five-person class that has been enshrined in Newport, Rhode Island.

Davenport spent 98 weeks ranked No. 1. She won the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, 2000 Australian Open and 1996 Olympic gold medal to go with three major doubles titles.


Dutch take third

UNDATED (AP) — The World Cup championship match is slated for Sunday with Germany facing Argentina. It's the rubber match between these two soccer powerhouses. Argentina beat Brazil for the World Cup title in 1986 and Germany returned the favor in 1990.

The Netherlands blanked Brazil 3-0 in the third place match at the World Cup. Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to lead the attack for the Dutch. With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time. It lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals.

The loss added to Brazil's frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semifinals.


LeBron says World Cup bigger than NBA Finals

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James says the World Cup final is bigger than the NBA finals "in the sense that it's the world and you have so many countries here."

James landed in Rio on Saturday, a day after announcing he was returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James met a few hundred fans in a large warehouse located on Guanabara Bay, where he watched some young Brazilians show off a few of their basketball skills.


A Frenchman wins the eighth stage

GERARDMER, France (AP) — Blel Kadri of France has won the eighth stage of the Tour de France in a breakaway. Kadri emerged from a five-man breakaway that chiseled out a large lead early in the 100-mile ride that featured two mid-grade climbs and a short uphill finish.

The overall lead continues to be held by Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who gained time on all of his main rivals except Alberto Contador (KAHN'-tuh-dohr) of Spain, who gained three seconds on the Italian leader by winning their two-man race for second place. Contador was more than 2 minutes behind Kadri.

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