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Last Update on July 01, 2015 05:35 GMT

INDIANS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Danny Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Tuesday night.

Jason Kipnis, Giovanny Urshela and David Murphy homered for the Indians, driving in all six runs.

Salazar (7-3) retired the first 15 batters, the third time in the last six games that's happened to the Rays. Indians rookie Cody Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh Monday night and Toronto's Marco Estrada was perfect through the seventh last Wednesday.

Salazar walked Asdrubal Cabrera to open the sixth. After a double play, Curt Casali broke up the no-hit bid with a double.

Erasmo Ramirez (6-3) lost for the first time in six starts.

TWINS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Torii Hunter homered again after a long delay at the start of the game, and Phil Hughes got his third straight victory, leading the Minnesota Twins to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

The start was delayed 2 hours, 1 minute because a storm was headed toward the ballpark. The storm dissolved on the way.

Hunter got the Twins going by hitting a solo homer in the first inning off Anthony DeSclafani (5-6), his fourth homer in the last four games. He later singled and doubled.

Eduardo Nunez had three hits, including an RBI single while Kurt Suzuki drove home two runs with a single during a four-run seventh inning as the Twins evened the interleague series.

BLACKHAWKS-BLUE JACKETS TRADE

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player deal.

The 22-year-old Saad set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games this past season. The rugged winger then helped the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.

Saad was eligible for restricted free agency, and Chicago is trying to manage its salary cap with twin extensions for captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane kicking in for next season.

The Blackhawks also sent forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 draft.

The 27-year-old Anisimov had seven goals and 20 assists in 52 games for the Blue Jackets last season.

CAVALIERS-MOVES

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert all received qualifying offers from Cleveland on Tuesday, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offers those players get from other clubs this summer.

Thompson is of particular importance to the Cavaliers, who went to the NBA Finals this past season. He has appeared in 308 consecutive games, has averaged 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds over his career and saw his stock soar by averaging 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds in this year's playoffs.

Dellavedova had big playoff moments, with seven double-figure games. Shumpert started 16 playoff games for the Cavs, who lost the finals to Golden State 4-2.

Also Wednesday, the Cavaliers said forward Mike Miller exercised his $2.85-million option for next season. Miller averaged 2.1 points in limited action this season.

NBA JERSEYS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry has surpassed LeBron James for the most popular jersey in the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors star and league MVP topped the list of jersey sales in the NBA for the first time Tuesday. With teammates Klay Thompson ranking fifth and Draymond Green at No. 15, the Warriors also led the team-merchandise sales list during the playoffs.

James, who held the top spot at the end of the regular season, dropped to second. Chicago's Derrick Rose is third and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is fourth.

Following the NBA champion Warriors on the team-merchandise sales list are the Cavaliers, Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.

The league based the rankings on overall sales on NBAStore.com from April through June.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 01, 2015 05:38 GMT

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

MONTREAL (AP) -- Team USA is going to the Women's World Cup championship.

Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and assisted on Kelley O'Hara's first international goal late in the Americans' 2-0 victory over Germany in the semifinal in Montreal. Goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded her fifth straight shutout before a crowd of 51,176 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

England and the defending Women's World Cup champion Japan play Wednesday night for the right to play the Americans in Sunday's championship in Vancouver.

WOMEN's WORLD CUP-BLATTER

MONTREAL (AP) -- FIFA (FEE'-fuh) President Sepp Blatter will skip the Women's World Cup final in Canada. He is avoiding a visit to North America at a time when U.S. officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the game's ruling body.

According to FIFA, Blatter's second-in-command, secretary general Jerome Valcke, will also be absent from the biggest event in women's soccer "due to their current commitments in Zurich."

NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAGS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend. But the track will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property.

Daytona President Joie (JOH'-ee) Chitwood says the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag. Daytona hosts NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend.

Chitwood said there's not enough time to plan and enforce a ban on the Confederate flag, which NASCAR chairman Brian France does not want flying at NASCAR events.

NASCAR has taken a strong stance against the flag since nine black churchgoers were slain in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17. The suspect, Dylann Roof, embraced Confederate symbols before the attack.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Mitch Moreland likes Camden Yards' friendly fences. The Texas first baseman hit two home runs in a second straight game, and the Rangers celebrated the return of Josh Hamilton by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 8-6. Hamilton hit two singles and made a nice running catch of a sinking liner to left field in his eighth game of the season. The free-swinging slugger was sidelined since May 31 with a strained left hamstring.

Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos also went deep for the Rangers, who've hit eight home runs in the first two games of the series.

In other baseball:

----Houston beat Kansas City for the second straight night in that battle of AL division leaders. Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kehl) improved to 10-3 as the Astros blanked the Royals 4-0. Keuchel struck out seven in eight innings. George Springer walloped his 13th homer, a two-run shot.

-- Tyler Flowers homered in the top of the 11th to give the Chicago White Sox a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. White Sox starter Chris Sale struck out 12 in eight innings, the seventh, the eighth straight time he has struck out at least 10 batters, which ties a major league record held by Pedro Martinez.

-- Major league batting leader Dee Gordon hit the first inside-the-park homer in the four-year history of Marlins Park, and the three-run shot helped Miami beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3.

-- The Washington Nationals beat Atlanta for the ninth straight time, 6-1. Clint Robinson hit a two-run home runs in a four-run first inning and Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven and two-thirds strong innings to improve to 6-5.

-- Kyle Hendricks outpitched Jonathon Niese (NEES) as the Chicago Cubs snapped a five-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets. Hendricks pitched three-hit ball for six innings.

-- Danny Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2.

-- David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit solo home runs, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six solid innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 for their third straight win.

-- In a battle of last-place teams, Aramis Ramirez drove in three runs and Ryan Braun had four hits to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past Philadelphia 4-3.

MLB-GIANTS ROTATION

MIAMI (AP) -- Matt Cain and Jake Peavy are headed back to work for the San Francisco Giants after lengthy stays on the disabled list.

Cain is scheduled to start Thursday against Miami. Cain hasn't pitched since July 2014 due to elbow surgery and a strained flexor tendon.

Peavy is to start Friday at Washington after being sidelined since April 17 with a strained back.

Cain will replace right-hander Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-sih-kuhm), who will be placed on the disabled list with a bruised right forearm after being hit by a line drive Saturday.

MLB-PHILLIES-MACKANIN

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies say Pete Mackanin will stay as their manager for the rest of the season. He took over on an interim basis last Friday after manager Ryne Sandberg resigned.

This is Mackanin's third stint as an interim manager after working in a similar role previously with the Reds and Pirates.

WIMBLEDON

LONDON (AP) -- The defending women's champion has won her first match of the year at Wimbledon as have former men's champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL').

Second-seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) rolled to a straight sets win. The two-time Wimbledon champ pulled out of a warmup event last week at Eastbourne, England, citing a viral illness.

Federer, Murray and Nadal all advanced with straight sets wins as well.

There were two upsets on the women's side of things as Eugenie Bouchard (boo-SHARD'), who was runner-up at Wimbledon last year, fell in the opening round to a qualifier, while third seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) became the highest seeded player eliminated so far, losing to the 106th ranked player in the world.

The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, have pulled out of women's doubles at Wimbledon. The duo has won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles as a pair, most recently at Wimbledon in 2012.

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