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By Associated Press


Yankees win one, lose two...Giants catch Dodgers

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees should have been celebrating a three-game sweep and the 15th victory in their last 18 games this afternoon. Instead, they were lamenting the loss of two of their best starting pitchers.

Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht) will be out about two months after breaking his left fibula near the ankle when hit by a line drive in the fifth inning of the Yankees' fifth consecutive win, 5-4 over Cleveland. The injury came hours after the Yanks announced No. 1 starter CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin. The team already is playing without all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera due to a knee injury.

Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') supplied a go-ahead, two-run homer to prevent the day from being a total loss for the Yankees. Eric Chavez had two hits and drove in three runs as the Yankees moved a season-high 18 games over .500.

Also in the American League, Chicago's 12-5 pounding of Minnesota puts the White Sox 2 1-2 games ahead of the second-place Indians in the Central. Adam Dunn went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs to support Chris Sale (sah-LAY'), who's 9-2 after holding the Twins to a pair of runs and six hits in seven innings.

Billy Butler's eighth-inning homer snapped a 4-all tie and lifted Kansas City past Tampa Bay 5-4. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) and Alcides Escobar (al-SEE'-dihs EHS'-koh-bahr) also homered for the Royals, who got their first three-game home sweep of the Rays since 2001 to stay five games behind the Central-leading White Sox.

Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs, David Ortiz smacked his 399th career homer and Boston scored six times in the first inning of a 10-4 rout of Toronto. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero was tagged for eight earned runs on seven hits and six walks in three-plus innings.

Oakland managed just two hits off Seattle pitching, but they were homers by Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nihs CEHS'-peh-dehs) and Coco Crisp in a 2-1 win over the Mariners. Jarrod Parker limited the M's to three hits while striking out nine in seven innings.

Over to the National League, where San Francisco has caught Los Angeles for the West Division lead. Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-she-kuhm) won for the first time in nearly two months by allowing just four hits in seven innings of the Giants' 3-0 shutout of the Dodgers. Angel Pagan hit an RBI single and drove in two runs to help Lincecum end his career-worst six-game losing streak.

It marks the first time the Giants have held at least a share of the NL West lead since last August 9. It's also the first time the Giants have ever blanked the Dodgers for an entire three-game series.

Elsewhere on the senior circuit, Daniel Murphy homered twice, David Wright drove in five runs, Ike Davis hit a three-run homer and Scott Hairston added a grand slam as the New York Mets blasted the Chicago Cubs 17-1 to end a four-game skid. Jonathon Niese (nees) struck out six and held the Cubs to one run over seven innings.

Milwaukee also avoided a three-game sweep as Rickie Weeks and Cody Ransom each socked two-run homers in the Brewers' 8-4 win at Cincinnati. Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) got the win to improve to 9-2 for the season and 4-0 lifetime against Cincinnati.


Top seed wins

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) and No. 3 Roger Federer were among the second-round winners at Wimbledon, each advancing in straight sets.

Women's third seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-NAY'-skee-uhs rad-WAHN'-skah) reached the third round by knocking off Elena Vesnina, who ousted Venus Williams on Monday.

Fifth seed Sam Stosur (STOH'-sur) and No. 7 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) each lost in three sets, and top-ranked Maria Sharapova was up 7-6, 3-1 in her second-round match when play was halted by darkness.

Three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick reached the second round by wrapping up a rain-delayed 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over 186th-ranked British wild-card entry Jamie (JAY'-mee) Baker.

Unseeded Sloane Stephens of the United States upset No. 23 Petra Cetkovska (seht-KOV'-skuh) of the Czech Republic 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the third round in her debut at the Grand Slam tournament.


Bucks, Rockets swing trade

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are getting a much-needed big man and the Houston Rockets are positioning themselves to make a big move.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Wednesday that the Bucks and Rockets had agreed to a trade a day before the NBA draft, with the Bucks sending the No. 12 overall pick in Thursday's draft and three players to the Rockets for the No. 14 pick and center Samuel Dalembert (DAL'-em-behr). The Rockets get guard Shaun Livingston and forwards Jon Leuer and Jon Brockman in the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official. Several media organizations reported the deal earlier Wednesday.


Bird flies the coop

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers' front office has been overhauled following the pending resignation of president of basketball operations Larry Bird and yesterday's resignation of general manager David Morway.

Director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard is the new GM, and Donnie Walsh will take over as team president once Bird leaves at the end of August. Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his departure, and he didn't rule out a return to basketball.


Student-athlete stipend on mind of Texas coach following approval of BCS playoff format

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas football coach Mack Brown is wondering if some of the expected financial windfall from the newly-installed playoff system should head to the players.

Brown tweeted that he hopes the possibility of a student-athlete stipend can be revisited, saying "It will be a very lucrative event and those young people are the ones that make it all possible."

A committee of university presidents has approved a four-team playoff system that will begin in 2014.


New coach in Edmonton...New deal for Hitchcock

UNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have promoted assistant Ralph Krueger to head coach. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant under Tom Renney, whose contract was not renewed after the Oilers finished with a 32-40-10 record last season.

In other NHL news;

— The St. Louis Blues and coach Ken Hitchcock have agreed to a one-year contract extension with a mutual option for 2014-15. Hitchcock led the Blues to 109 points this past season after taking over the club in November. Hitchcock won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

— Washington has traded All-Star defenseman Dennis Wideman to Calgary for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft and minor league defenseman Jordan Henry. Wideman had 11 goals and 35 assists in 82 games for Washington last season. He was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but agreed to a five-year contract with Calgary on Wednesday.


Phelps wins rematch with Lochte

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) are tied at one win apiece at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha.

Phelps finished five-hundredths of a second ahead of Lochte to capture the 200 freestyle, two days after Lochte outraced the winningest Olympian ever in the 400 individual medley.

Missy Franklin is heading to the Olympics after winning the 100-meter backstroke and denying Natalie Coughlin (KAWG'-lin) a chance to defend her title in London. Coughlin finished third.


Spain reaches final

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Spain has advanced to another major final, beating Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw at the European Championship.

Cesc Fabregas scored the deciding penalty after Bruno Alves had hit the crossbar for Portugal moments earlier.

Spain will face either Germany or Italy in the final on Sunday in Kiev.

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