Tigers' Porcello says he's appealing 6-game suspension
TORONTO (AP) — Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello says he's appealing the six-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball today for hitting Ben Zobrist with a pitch during Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
Porcello was also fined an undisclosed amount for the incident, which was seen as retaliation for an inside pitch by Rays closer Fernando Rodney to Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera the previous day. Porcello hit Zobrist with a high, inside pitch in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Rays. Both benches were warned, but Porcello was not ejected.
He is allowed to pitch until the appeal is heard, opening the possibility for Porcello to make his next scheduled start Friday against Cleveland.
Cubs, Birds swap players...Willingham to DL
UNDATED (AP) — Baltimore has acquired right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs in a multi-player deal.
The Cubs also sent catcher Steve Clevenger to the Orioles in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-EHT-uh) and Pedro Strop as well as two international signing bonus slots.
Feldman went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts this season.
Strop has battled a back strain this year, going 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA. He's expected to join the Cubs later this week, while Arrieta will be assigned to Triple-A Iowa.
In other baseball news:
— Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria returned to the lineup Tuesday as the team's designated hitter after missing three straight games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Rays manager Joe Maddon says he's not sure when Longoria will play third base again.
— Minnesota Twins slugger Josh Willingham has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Willingham has struggled this season, hitting .224 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs.
— Tigers manager Jim Leyland says Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez will come off the disabled list Saturday to start at Cleveland. Sanchez has been out since June 16 with a strained right shoulder.
— The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise on his right hand. Fowler was hitting .291 with 10 homers in 70 games before suffering the injury against Boston last week.
A-Rod hitless in first rehab start
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 for the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs against Rome tonight, his first game since undergoing left hip surgery in January.
A-Rod played three innings at third base, hit into a double play in his first at-bat and struck out looking in his second. Rome also tested Rodriguez in the field, laying down two successful bunt singles down the third-base line.
Rodriguez has been working out at the Yankees' spring training complex in Florida this year and says he'll probably need all 20 rehabilitation games allowed to get ready before returning to the Yankees.
Lisicki on a roll
LONDON (AP) — Less than 24 hours after knocking top-seed and defending champ Serena Williams out of Wimbledon, Sabine Lisicki (lih-SIH'-kee) made quick work of Kaia Kanepi (KY'-uh kuh-NEP'-ee) 6-3, 6-3 in 61 minutes.
The 23rd-seeded Lisicki advanced to her second Wimbledon semifinal, where she'll play No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) who defeated sixth-seed Li Na (lee nah) 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.
U.S. singles hopes are over after Sloane Stephens was eliminated by France's Marion Bartoli 6-4, 7-5. The victory puts Bartoli into the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time where she'll face Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens.
Flipkens is into the final eight at a Grand Slam event for the first time after upsetting former champ and eighth-seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Mohammed stays at home...AP source: Budinger to the Wolves
UNDATED (AP) — Veteran center Nazr (NAH'-zee) Mohammed says he will re-sign with the Chicago Bulls, saying on Twitter it was an easy decision to stay with his hometown team.
Several media outlets also reported that the Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal with Mike Dunleavy Jr. as they try to boost their shooting. Dunleavy, an 11-year veteran, spent the past two years with Milwaukee and averaged 10.5 points while shooting 42.8 percent on 3-pointers.
In other NBA news:
— Kevin Martin is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to rejoin former coach Rick Adelman with the Minnesota Timberwolves. A person with knowledge of the deal says Martin agreed to terms with the Wolves on a four-year deal worth as much as $30 million.
— The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with free agent swingman Chase Budinger. He averaged 9.4 points and shot 32 percent from 3-point range in 23 games last season. He missed much of the season with a knee injury.
— The Dallas Mavericks are set to add Israeli point guard Gal Mekel in free agency. Mekel's agent, Sam Porter, says the 6-foot-3 Mekel has agreed to join the Mavericks on a three-year deal with $2.3 million guaranteed. Free agents can't sign until July 10.
Flyers get Lecavalier...Pens extend Letang
UNDATED (AP) — Vincent Lecavalier (leh-KAV'-ul-yay) has found a new team.
The Philadelphia Flyers have worked out a reported five-year, $22.5 million package with the center, whose contract was bought out by Tampa Bay last week.
LeCavalier led the NHL with 52 goals six years ago but had just 32 points in 39 games last season.
The first player taken in the 1998 draft is a four-time All-Star who helped the Lightning win the 2004 Stanley Cup and left Tampa Bay with a franchise-high 383 goals.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have worked out a multiyear package with one of their top players.
Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang (leh-TANG') has accepted an eight-year, $58 million contract extension. He would have entered the final season of an existing contract that carried an annual salary-cap hit of $3.5 million.
Letang tied for the scoring lead among NHL defensemen last season, collecting 38 points in 35 games.
In other NHL news:
— Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) says he won't need surgery for any of the injuries he suffered in the Stanley Cup final. Bergeron tore rib cartilage, broke a rib on his left side, punctured his left lung and separated his right shoulder in the six-game loss to Chicago.
— The Calgary Flames have acquired forward T.J. Galiardi from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round draft pick in 2015. He was due to become a restricted free agent. The six-foot-two, 190-pound forward has 39 goals and 48 assists in 221 career NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche and Sharks.
Heavyweight titles on the line
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Wladimir Klitschko (VLAD'-uh-meer KLICH'-koh) will defend his multiple heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in a highly anticipated showdown on Oct. 5 in Moscow.
Klitschko holds the IBF and IBO belts and is also the WBO and WBA "super champion." He has a 60-3 record. The 33-year old Povetkin is WBA's "regular champion." His record is 26-0 with 18 knockouts.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged (luh-FEHJ') has been released on personal recognizance after a hearing in a Washington, D.C., court on a gun possession charge.
Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after police found a semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in. Police say they also smelled marijuana in the car and found a bottle containing vodka.
TOUR de FRANCE
New leader at Tour
NICE, France (AP) — Orica Greenedge won the team time trial on the fourth stage of the Tour de France, allowing Australian rider Simon Gerrans to don the leader's yellow jersey.
The 33-year-old Gerrans won the third stage in a sprint finish and takes over at the top from Belgian rider Jan Bakelants (BAHK'-ah-lahnt).