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Last Update on June 30, 2015 05:32 GMT

TWINS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Billy Hamilton scored three times in the first three innings to help Cincinnati open a huge lead, and the Reds held on for an 11-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs and a 9-1 lead in the third inning, when Mike Pelfrey (5-5) failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Pelfrey gave up eight runs -- matching his season high -- and nine hits, retiring only six of 17 batters.

Cincinnati's Mike Leake let most of the lead slip away. Ten Twins batted during a six-run rally in the top of the fourth inning. Brian Dozier's three-run homer off Leake cut it to 9-7.

Nate Adcock (1-1) got the victory with two scoreless innings in relief of Leake.

INDIANS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start, and the struggling Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

Anderson (1-0) didn't allow a baserunner until Grady Sizemore homered against his old team on a 1-2 pitch with one out in the seventh. Evan Longoria followed with a single before the 24-year-old right-hander settled to retire the last four batters he faced.

Yan Gomes had three hits, including a solo homer in the eighth for the Indians, who limped into town after being shut out in both games of a doubleheader at Baltimore on Sunday. Michael Brantley also had three hits, including a RBI single, and Jason Kipnis drove in a run off rookie Nathan Karns (4-4) with one of his three hits.

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National Sports News

Last Update on July 01, 2015 03:52 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's 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.

-- 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.

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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