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Yankees RHP Tanaka apologizes for being injured
BALTIMORE – New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka accepts his elbow injury as “a challenge” and vows to return soon to help the team win.
Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA after spending seven years in Japan’s Pacific League.
Tanaka, who hopes to avoid surgery, issued a statement yesterday that said “I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time.”
He added, “I accept this injury as a challenge, but I promise to do everything I can to overcome this setback and return to the mound as soon as possible.”
Yankees get LHP Francis in trade with Athletics
BALTIMORE – The New York Yankees obtained left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named and cash.
The 33-year-old Francis was claimed off waivers by the A’s from Cincinnati on May 18 and went 0-1 with his first career save and a 6.08 ERA in nine relief appearances with Oakland.
He was designated for assignment July 3 when Eric O’Flaherty was reinstated from the disabled list.
Francis is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 games this season and 70-80 with a 4.95 ERA in his career with Colorado, Kansas City, Cincinnati and Oakland.
Blue Jays place Lind on DL with broken foot
TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays placed first baseman Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a broken right foot and recalled Dan Johnson from Triple-A Buffalo.
Lind has been dealing with foot pain for weeks and aggravated the injury last Saturday at Baltimore. The injury originally was diagnosed as a bone bruise.
The Blue Jays said Lind will be in a walking boot for five to seven days and could return in two to three weeks. In 61 games this season, Lind has a .320 average with four homers and 27 RBI.
Cardinals claim catcher Kottaras after Molina injury
MILWAUKEE – The St. Louis Cardinals claimed veteran George Kottaras off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their catching position following the injury to Yadier Molina.
The team said Kottaras likely will be added to the 25-man roster today in Milwaukee. Kottaras was batting .286 with three homers and four RBI in 10 games for Cleveland.
Lucroy to start at catcher for NL in All-Star game
NEW YORK – Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy will replace injured St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina as the National League’s starter for Tuesday night’s All-Star game.
The commissioner’s office said yesterday that Arizona’s Miguel Montero will fill Molina’s roster spot.
Elected to start for the fourth time, Molina tore a ligament in his right thumb Wednesday. He was scheduled for surgery yesterday and is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks.
Orioles place RHP Jimenez on DL with ankle sprain
BALTIMORE – Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.
Baltimore Manager Buck Showalter said the pitcher twisted his ankle in a parking lot a couple days ago.
Jimenez last pitched Saturday in Boston. He was scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees today, but will be replaced by either Chris Tillman or Kevin Gausman.
It’s been a rough season for Jimenez, who signed a $50 million, four-year deal during the offseason. He’s 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA overall and 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA at home.
Ex-Knick Burden has rare heart disease
ALBANY, N.Y. – Former New York Knicks guard Luther “Ticky” Burden has a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital.
The 61-year-old Burden has ATTR amyloidosis, a disease that causes the body’s immune system to produce abnormal forms of antibodies. Dr. Mathew Maurer is treating Burden and says the ex-player has been “ravaged.”
Burden starred in college at Utah and signed with the Virginia Squires of the ABA in 1975. He joined the Knicks the following year when the league merged with the NBA. He was a reserve for two seasons before retiring.
He was later linked to a bank robbery on Long Island and served two years in prison.
Martin takes 3-shot lead in Women’s British Open
SOUTHPORT, England – American Mo Martin had a plan to play Royal Birkdale. It has worked better than she imagined at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Martin took two putts from short of the green on the par-5 18th for her 10th birdie in two days. It gave her another 3-under 69 and a three-shot lead over Beatriz Recari of Spain and former U.S. Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu going into the weekend.
The weekend will not include Michelle Wie.
Coming off her first major in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2, the 24-year-old from Hawaii never got anything going and fell apart over the closing stretch for a 78 to miss the cut by three shots.
McIlroy slumps; three share lead at Scottish Open
ABERDEEN, Scotland – Rory McIlroy surrendered the lead at the Scottish Open with his latest second-round meltdown yesterday, leaving three players tied for first place on a day when brutal winds played havoc with the field.
Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina and Marc Warren of Scotland were atop the leaderboard at 6 under, with just 17 of 150 players shooting below 70 on the par-71 Royal Aberdeen links course.
McIlroy shot a course-record 64 in the first round but followed it up with a 78, continuing a worrying trend this season that has seen the former world No. 1 fail to build on strong starts.
Justin Rose shrugged off the effects of hayfever to sign for a 68 and was alone in fourth place, a shot behind the trio of leaders.
Top seeded Isner bounced in Hall of Fame quarters
NEWPORT, R.I. – Seventh-seeded American Jack Sock and third-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships yesterday.
The 21-year old Sock, fresh off a doubles title at Wimbledon with Canadian Vasek Pospisil, defeated top-seeded and two-time Newport champion John Isner, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The 33-year old Hewitt beat American Steve Johnson, 6-4, 6-4.
The two will meet in the semis today after induction ceremonies honoring the 2014 class into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which is highlighted by Lindsay Davenport in the recent player category.
The other semifinal is second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia against Samuel Groth of Australia. Both advanced on Thursday.