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Jacoby Ellsbury homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the New York Yankees took a huge lead, then held off the Minnesota Twins 9-7 Sunday....

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jacoby Ellsbury homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the New York Yankees took a huge lead, then held off the Minnesota Twins 9-7 Sunday.
     Down 9-0 in the fourth inning, the Twins began rallying and eventually and brought the potential winning run to the plate with two outs in the ninth. Kurt Suzuki grounded out with runners at the corners to end it.
     Before the game, the Yankees traded lefty Vidal Nuno to Arizona for right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy. New York also cut outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
     Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki each had three hits for the Yankees, who have won 14 of 18 overall at Target Field.

     NEW YORK (AP) - Tina Charles scored a career-high 32 points to lead the New York Liberty to an 87-80 win over Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.  Charles, who had 28 points in the Liberty's previous game, also had 10 rebounds.
     Trailing 59-53 midway through the third quarter, New York went on a 20-6 run over the next 7 minutes to take a 73-65 lead early in the final period. Charles had six points during the burst, including a jumper that made it 69-65 and gave her a career high for points. Charde Houston's jumper with 8:04 left in the fourth capped the burst.
     Moore rallied Minnesota, scoring nine straight points. Her 3-pointer tied it at 76 with 5:10 left.  But New York (7-11) closed the game scoring 11 of the final 15 points, including five by Cappie Pondexter to seal the win. She finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Moore finished with 25 points to lead the Lynx (13-6).

     UNDATED (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have completed a four-game sweep with help from one of their two new members of the starting rotation.  Jeff Samardzija gave up a run and four hits in seven innings as the A's doubled up Toronto 4-2. Samardzija lowered his ERA to 2.74 and improved to 3-7 by winning his Oakland debut. He also learned Sunday that he was selected to the National League All-Star team but is ineligible because of his trade to the American League.  Samardzija received several standing ovations the day after he and fellow starter Jason Hammel were acquired from the Chicago Cubs.  Jed Lowrie had two hits and scored twice for the A's.
     The Atlanta Braves have seen their nine-game winning streak come to an end against the National League's worst team.  Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer and Wade Miley pitched into the seventh as the Diamondbacks beat the Braves 3-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. Goldschmidt's 16th home run of the season put Arizona ahead in the third inning. Miley made the lead hold up by limiting the Braves to a run and four hits while striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings.  Braves starter Alex Wood dropped to 6-7 despite allowing just three hits in seven innings.
     Elsewhere in the majors:
     - Ryan Zimmerman singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to push Washington past the Chicago Cubs 2-1, leaving the Nationals within a half-game of Atlanta for the NL East lead. Jordan Zimmermann settled for a no-decision after scattering seven hits in six shutout innings.
     - Cincinnati was a 4-2 winner over Milwaukee behind Mat Latos, who allowed two runs and just four hits in eight innings. Jay Bruce had three RBIs, including a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth.
     - Russell Martin laced a two-run double and Jeff Locke allowed just one earned run and three hits in eight innings of Pittsburgh's 6-2 win against Philadelphia, which leaves the Pirates 4 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers. Andrew McCutchen had two hits and an RBI, leaving him 6-for-13 with five ribbies in the Pirates' three-game sweep.
     - Henderson Alvarez collected a career-high three hits and allowed one run over seven innings as Miami downed St. Louis 8-4 to win the three-game series. Jarrod Saltalamacchia ripped a three-run homer to put the Marlins ahead 8-1 in the eighth.
     - Tim Lincecum carried a shutout into the seventh and allowed just one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings to pitch San Francisco past San Diego 5-3, keeping the Giants a half-game behind the NL-West-leading Dodgers. Lincecum extended his scoreless streak to 23 1/3 innings before Brooks Conrad hit a solo homer in the seventh to knock him out of the game.
     - The Dodgers were 8-2 winners at Colorado as Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs and Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a pair of ribbies. Josh Beckett limited the Rockies to three hits in five shutout innings.
     - Anthony Recker launched a three-run homer to cap the New York Mets' five-run first in an 8-4 pounding of Texas. Zack Wheeler held the Rangers to one run over 6 1/3 innings to help the Mets take the rubber match of the three-game set.
     - David Lough led off the 12th with a triple and scored the tiebreaking run on J.J. Hardy's single to push Baltimore past Boston 7-6. Hardy had three RBIs for the Orioles, who blew a 6-1 lead before winning for the sixth time in seven games. The outcome puts the AL East-leading Birds two games ahead of Toronto.
     - Garrett Richards won his sixth decision in seven starts and had a career-high 11 strikeouts in the Angels' 6-1 win against Houston in Anaheim. Albert Pujols hit a two-run single and Kole Calhoun homered as the Angels completed a four-game sweep to move 15 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012 season. The hot streak has Los Angeles three games behind the AL West-leading Athletics.
     - David Price gave up three runs over 8 2/3 innings of Tampa Bay's 7-3 win over Detroit, which keeps the AL Central-leading Tigers four games ahead of the Royals. Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce each hit two-run homers, while Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez had four hits apiece in the Rays' eighth victory in nine games.
     - Corey Kluber struck out 10 and lowered his ERA to 2.86 by holding Kansas City to a run and four hits over 8 1/3 innings of Cleveland's 4-1 triumph against the Royals. Carlos Santana put the Indians ahead with a solo homer in the second before Yan Gomes added a two-run shot later in the inning.
     - Hector Noesi pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning of the Chicago White Sox's 1-0 shutout of Seattle. Conor Gillaspie scored on a wild pitch in the first inning to help the White Sox win with a two-hit attack.

     DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Aric Almirola has won the weather-delayed and rain-shortened Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, putting Richard Petty's famed No. 43 in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999.
     Almirola led for 14 of 112 laps before the race was stopped for good by another steady downpour after being postponed a day by rain. The victory for the No. 43 car comes the same weekend Petty celebrated the 30th anniversary of his 200th win.  Brian Vickers was second, followed by Kurt Busch, Casey Mears and Austin Dillon.

     LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic is the Wimbledon men's singles champion again after overcoming a late collapse and withstanding a match that lasted almost four hours.
     Djokovic blew a comfortable lead in the fourth set before holding off Switzerland's Roger Federer 6-7, 7-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4. The Serbian was up 5-2 in the fourth and had championship point in the 10th game of the set before Federer extended the match. Djokovic broke Federer in the final game to claim his second Wimbledon crown, and first since 2011.
     Federer was seeking his record eighth Wimbledon crown. Djokovic took the title in 2011.
     Petra Kvitova won the women's singles title Saturday, beating Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in 55 minutes.
     Djokovic's win closes out a Wimbledon in which no U.S. singles players reached the Round of 16, something that hadn't happened since 1911. However, Noah Rubin has bolstered America's future hopes by winning the boy's singles title, defeating fellow U.S. player Stefan Kozlov 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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