Bryce is right...Jays keep winning at home
UNDATED (AP) — Bryce Harper provided an immediate jolt for the Washington Nationals after coming off the disabled list earlier today.
Harper homered on the second pitch he saw to spark a 13-hit attack in the Nationals' 10-5 romp over Milwaukee. The outfielder had missed 31 games with bursitis, diagnosed after he reinjured the left knee several times after his collision with the Dodger Stadium fence on May 13.
Jayson Werth had two hits and five RBIs for the Nationals, who have scored 23 runs over the last two games. Jordan Zimmermann collected a team-high three hits and allowed four runs over six innings to improve to 12-3.
Jose Reyes hit a solo homer and Mark DeRosa added a three-run blast as the Toronto Blue Jays earned their seventh straight home win, 8-3 over the Detroit Tigers. R.A. Dickey allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings as the Jays dropped the Tigers a half-game behind Cleveland for the AL Central lead.
Jose Fernandez allowed two hits and struck out 10 over a career-high eight innings as Florida dumped San Diego 4-0. Jeff Mathis hit a three-run double while the Marlins were scoring four unearned runs off Jason Marquis in the sixth inning.
A-Rod to start rehab assignment
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to play Tuesday night in his first minor league game on a rehabilitation assignment. And this time, all sides agree he's ready to go.
Rodriguez said he felt fine and was eager to get on the field. Rodriguez said he didn't have a timetable for rejoining the Yankees.
The Yankees said Rodriguez is scheduled to start Tuesday night for Single-A Charleston in the South Atlantic League. Rodriguez is supposed to play at least three innings against Rome during the game in South Carolina.
Rodriguez has been working out at the Yankees' spring training complex in Florida this year while recovering from surgery on his left hip on Jan. 16. The three-time AL MVP turns 38 later this month.
Also in the majors, the Arizona Diamondbacks have placed right-hander Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised right hip. Cahill was struck by a line drive in his start on June 19 and was hit hard in his next two outings.
The Diamondbacks also announced they will wear a memorial patch on their uniforms for the remainder of the season to honor the 19 firefighters killed while battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix. The team's Foundation will give up to $100,000 to match fans' donations to charities assisting the firefighters' families and affected communities.
Serena ousted in fourth round
LONDON (AP) — The stunning string of upsets at Wimbledon continues into the second week. Defending champion Serena Williams lost in the fourth round, falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to Sabine Lisicki (lih-SIH'-kee) of Germany.
The loss ended Williams' career-best 34-match winning streak and her attempt to capture a sixth title at the All England Club.
Williams was up a break twice in the third set but Lisicki fought back both times and broke again to go ahead. She converted her second match point with a forehand winner.
Sloane Stephens is the lone American still in singles contention after her fourth round win over Monica Puig (PWEEG). Former champ Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh), fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) and Li Na (lee nah) are among the others to reach the women's quarterfinals.
In men's play, Andy Murray keeps alive his hopes of becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. The second-seeded Murray reached the quarterfinals for the sixth straight year, beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 7-6, 6-1. Top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) topped Tommy Haas 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 to make it into the final eight. Fourth-seeded David Ferrer (feh-REHR') and No. 8 seed Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) also scored fourth round wins.
PGA Tour backs new rules
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour is going along with the new rule that will make it illegal in 2016 to use a long putter that is anchored to the body.
The tour made the announcement after its policy board met Monday. Commissioner Tim Finchem says while several players oppose the new rule, it was important that golf be played under one set of rules. The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club are in charge of setting the rules for golf.
It will take effect when the next Rules of Golf is published on Jan. 1, 2016.
The tour board encouraged the governing bodies to add some additional time for amateurs. Some are concerned that getting rid of the stroke for long putters will drive recreational players from golf.
Paul staying with Clippers
UNDATED (AP) — Chris Paul has agreed to a new deal to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers. The agent for the All-Star point guard confirms that Paul settled on the new contract on the first day free agency opened.
Paul can earn about $108 million over five years with the Clippers. The deal can't be signed until July 10, after next season's salary cap is set.
Paul led the Clippers to their first Pacific Division title last season. His decision to stay is the second big victory for the longtime losers in this offseason, following the signing of Doc Rivers as Clippers new coach.
Also on the first day of NBA free agency, the Indiana Pacers have made a qualifying offer to backup forward Tyler Hansbrough and were starting the task of re-signing David West. Hansbrough was one of Indiana's bigger contributors off the bench last season, a bench new Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird intends to improve.
The Houston Rockets front office pitched Dwight Howard on leaving Los Angeles and joining All-Star James Harden in Houston. Howard is also being pursued by Dallas and Atlanta. The Lakers have said repeatedly they want to keep him.
A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors have agreed on their deal involving former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani (ahn-DRAY'-uh barn-YAH'-nee). Toronto will receive Knicks reserves Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, who will be signed-and-traded. The Knicks are also sending the Raptors a 2016 first-round pick and two second-round picks in a deal that can't become official until July 10, after next season's salary cap has been set.
Jackets' goalie gets new deal
UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year contract extension, locking up the Vezina (VEH'-zih-nuh) Trophy winner before he could become a restricted free agent.
Acquired from Philadelphia for draft picks last summer, the 24-year-old Bobrovsky blossomed in Columbus. He had a 21-11-6 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and four shutouts.
BASEBALL-GUN PROMOTION CANCELED
Minor league idea backfires
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama minor league baseball team has cancelled a gun raffle that was supposed to be featured during its Second Amendment Night promotion.
Huntsville Stars spokeswoman Nicole Colonis said Monday that the raffle during the team's Wednesday night game against the Chattanooga Lookouts was cancelled after Minor League Baseball officials said the promotion was likely not in the franchise's best interest.
Colonis says Second Amendment Night will still feature free admission for members of the National Rifle Association who present their membership card.
The Huntsville Stars are a Class-AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.