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BASE­BALL Fran­cona ad­mit­ted again

Cleve­land In­di­ans Man­ager Terry Fran­cona was ad­mit­ted to the Cleve­land Clinic for tests and missed Tues­day night’s game against the San Diego Padres. Fran­cona, 58, was hos­pi­tal­ized twice last month af­ter be­com­ing light­headed and hav­ing a rapid heart rate. He was fit­ted with a heart mon­i­tor last week and said at the time doc­tors had ruled out any se­ri­ous health is­sues.

“As I’ve con­tin­ued to tell Tito, the most im­por­tant thing is his health and that we fo­cus mostly on that,” team Pres­i­dent Chris An­tonetti said be­fore the matchup with the Padres. “If that means he has to spend a day or two away from the ball­park, then that’s what he needs to do.” An­tonetti didn’t know if he would spend the night at the hos­pi­tal or when he would re­sume his man­age­rial du­ties. An­tonetti said Fran­cona did not ex­pe­ri­ence the pre­vi­ous symp­toms again and the tests are be­ing done to help de­ter­mine what’s caus­ing the is­sue. “The ex­pec­ta­tion is that he would have some ad­di­tional tests once they started to nar­row the area of fo­cus,” An­tonetti said. “That’s what he’s do­ing now, is get­ting those ad­di­tional tests.”

Judge dents case­ment

Aaron Judge dented a metal case­ment above a door be­hind the left-cen­ter field wall at Yankee Sta­dium with his ma­jor league-lead­ing 28th home run of the sea­son. The New York rookie drove a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the fourth in­ning for a solo home run Tues­day. The ball would have trav­eled 456 feet had it landed unim­peded, ac­cord­ing to MLB’s Stat­cast. It was the fourth-hard­est-hit home run of the sea­son, at 118.4 mph, ac­cord­ing to MLB. Judge has the hard­est at 121.1 mph and all of the top four. Elected to the AL’s start­ing lineup for the All-Star Game next week, Judge is one shy of the Yan­kees’ rookie record for home runs in an en­tire sea­son, set by Joe DiMag­gio in 1939. Dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice be­fore a May 2 game against the Blue Jays, Judge hit a shot to cen­ter field that smashed a TV in one of Yankee Sta­dium’s new so­cial gath­er­ing ar­eas be­yond the bullpens and Mon­u­ment Park.

Free­man off DL early

At­lanta Braves slug­ger Fred­die Free­man has re­turned ear­lier than ex­pected from a bro­ken left wrist and he’s back as the start­ing third base­man. His re­turn is the lat­est stage in a sur­pris­ing turn­around since he was hit by a pitch on May 17. He was told that he’d likely miss about 10 weeks but in­stead was side­lined just seven. He was re­in­stated from the dis­abled list Tues­day af­ter he met with team physi- cian Gary Lourie a few hours be­fore At­lanta played the Hous­ton Astros. Free­man an­nounced two weeks ago that he had ap­proached the team about mov­ing from first base to keep Matt Adams’ bat in the lineup. A cou­ple of days later, he said the frac­ture was be­tween 80 and 90 per­cent healed and be­lieved it was pos­si­ble to re­turn be­fore the All-Star break. Free­man spent the last few days on a re­hab as­sign­ment with Class AAA Gwin­nett. He had only five at-bats but said he had no prob­lems swing­ing a bat. He’s wear­ing a pro­tec­tive cover on his left wrist when hit­ting.

Ryu has foot con­tu­sion

Los An­ge­les Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu has been placed on the 10-day dis­abled list with a left foot con­tu­sion. The South Korean left-han­der is 3-6 with 1 save and a 4.21 ERA this sea­son. A scan of Ryu’s foot on Mon­day was neg­a­tive, but Man­ager Dave Roberts said Tues­day the pitcher is still sore. Ryu was struck on the left foot by a come­backer from An­drel­ton Sim­mons in the fourth in­ning of last Wed­nes­day’s 3-2 loss to the Los An­ge­les An­gels. He con­tin­ued to pitch into the sixth in­ning, but was re­moved shortly af­ter al­low­ing a two-run home run to Sim­mons.

Base­ball goes to Bri­tain

A piece of Amer­i­can sports cul­ture was on dis­play Tues­day in Lon­don’s Hyde Park as base­ball came to town on July 4, the U.S. In­de­pen­dence Day. The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tured sev­eral for­mer ma­jor lea­guers play­ing a Home Run Derby in one of Lon­don’s best-known open spa­ces. It’s part of Ma­jor League Base­ball’s plan to show­case the game to build in­ter­est in Bri­tain and Europe, a re­gion where soc­cer is the over­whelm­ingly fa­vorite sport. The move comes dur­ing the sum­mer hia­tus in Eng­land’s Premier League. Char­lie Hill, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ma­jor League Base­ball for Europe, the Mid­dle East and Africa, said it’s pos­si­ble that some reg­u­lar-sea­son games will be played in Lon­don as soon as the 2019 sea­son. “The teams are en­thu­si­as­tic,” he said. “That is the tar­get and it’s be­com­ing the ex­pec­ta­tion.” If MLB league games are played in Lon­don in two years, base­ball will still be way be­hind the Na­tional Foot­ball League and the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, which have played of­fi­cial games in Bri­tain for years. Hill said the ex­hi­bi­tion was a Home Run Derby, sim­i­lar to the one that pre­cedes the league’s All-Star Game, an easy-to-un­der­stand demon­stra­tion of hit­ting prow­ess. One con­cern is that base­ball’s some­what ar­cane rules might make the game seem in­com­pre­hen­si­ble to Bri­tons — much as Amer­i­cans can be slow to grasp the finer points of cricket. “We don’t want to play games here from a cold start,” Hill said.

Player hurt in rob­bery at­tempt

A re­liever with mi­nor league base­ball team the Las Ve­gas 51s was at­tacked by a home­less man in an at­tempted rob­bery in Utah, au­thor­i­ties said, forc­ing the team to place him on the dis­abled list. Lo­gan Tay­lor was hit in the head with a tire iron af­ter the man ap­proached him and de­manded his wal­let while he was walk­ing down a street in Salt Lake City on Satur­day, po­lice De­tec­tive Greg Wilk­ing told the Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal. The man had also been car­ry­ing a sock full of rocks. Man­ager Pe­dro Lopez said Tay­lor suf­fered a con­cus­sion. Joshua Cruz, 33, was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the at­tack. The Salt Lake City man is in cus­tody on charges of ag­gra­vated rob­bery and fail­ure to stop at com­mand of law en­force­ment. Court and jail records do not list an at­tor­ney for Cruz, who also has not made an ini­tial ap­pear­ance in court in con­nec­tion with the case. Wilk­ing said the man fled on foot af­ter the at­tack, but of­fi­cers ar­rested him in the area. The 51s are the Class AAA af­fil­i­ate of the New York Mets.

HOCKEY Bu­rakovsky, Cap­i­tals deal

Right winger An­dre Bu­rakovsky and the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals have agreed to a $6 mil­lion, twoyear con­tract. The team an­nounced the deal with the re­stricted free agent on Tues­day. Bu­rakovsky, 22, had 12 goals and 23 as­sists in 64 games for Wash­ing­ton last sea­son, his third in the NHL. He has 38 goals and 57 as­sists in 196 games with the Cap­i­tals, who drafted him in the first round in 2013. The Cap­i­tals were the Pres­i­dents’ Tro­phy win­ners for the sec­ond time in a row last sea­son, be­fore los­ing to the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins in the sec­ond round of the play­offs. They re­signed cen­ter Evgeny Kuznetsov to a $62.4 mil­lion, eight-year deal and kept right winger T.J. Oshie and de­fense­man Dmitry Orlov. Wash­ing­ton still has not re-signed backup goal­tender Philipp Grubauer.

HORSE RAC­ING Pee Wee Reese wins

Pee Wee Reese won the $100,000 Amer­i­can Stakes by 1¾ lengths on clos­ing day at Santa Anita. Rid­den by Joe Talamo, Pee Wee Reese ran a mile on turf in 1:32.26 and paid $12.40, $4.20 and $3 at 5-1 odds in the Grade III race Tues­day. The 4-year-old colt is named for the 10-time All-Star short­stop who played for the Brook­lyn and Los An­ge­les Dodgers. Reese was a team­mate of Jackie Robin­son and in April his name­sake colt won at Santa Anita on the 70th an­niver­sary of Robin­son break­ing base­ball’s color bar­rier. Pee Wee Reese has five vic­to­ries and two sec­onds in nine ca­reer starts. Tues­day’s vic­tory, worth $60,000, in­creased his ca­reer earn­ings to $259,990 for owner-breeder Nick Alexan­der. It was Pee Wee Reese’s first race against graded stakes com­pe­ti­tion. The colt was com­ing off a vic­tory on turf in the Crys­tal Wa­ter Stakes at Santa Anita on May 20 un­der trainer Phil D’Amato. Om re­turned $2.80 and $2.20 as the even-money fa­vorite. Alert Bay was third.



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