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DENVER - In the middle of a 93-degree day at Coors Field, the Giants' offense caught fire, launching baseballs toward the sun in a historic 19-2 rout of the Rockies. By the conclusion of the evening portion of Monday's doubleheader, the temperature had dropped more than 20 degrees and the Giants had mustered just two runs and six hits in nine innings. The lack of UV rays and the lack of run ...

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) yells after scoring off a wild pitch from Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field Monday July 15, 2019, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

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Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) runs to third base after Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hit a double during the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field Monday July 15, 2019, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

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Chicago Cubs second baseman Addison Russell (27) throws a ball hit by Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) to Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) during the first inning at Wrigley Field Monday July 15, 2019, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' sloppy play resurfaced Monday night as shortstop Javier Baez and third baseman David Bote each committed a fielding error in the seventh inning to help the Reds to pull away for a 6-3 win and snap the Cubs' three-game winning streak. The errors came after Curt Casali hit reliever Steve Cishek's first pitch of the seventh for a game-tying home run. The mishaps continued in ...

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Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Max Muncy #13 after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR US…

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Outfielder Roman Quinn #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 16-2. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STOR…

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Adam Haseley #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies breaks his bat on a swing in the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 16-2. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH T…

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Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

PHILADELPHIA - The Los Angeles Dodgers' merciless and methodical one-inning destruction Monday of the Philadelphia Phillies, a club that appeared poised to contend with them for National League supremacy for a fleeting period before the calendar turned to summer, began with a single off Alex Verdugo's bat. It ended, after six Dodgers runs and a few Phillies breakdowns, with boos filling ...

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Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers steals home before the tag of catcher J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH T…

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Jorge Soler #12 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after hitting a home run against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 09, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Kyle Rivas/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pitcher Jakob Junis showed exactly why the Royals have stuck with him through his ups and downs. Flashes of his potential, such as his outing on Monday, will make you wonder what Junis might become if he performs that way consistently. Junis set a career high for strikeouts in a game with 10 as he set the tone for a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in the first game of ...

ST. LOUIS - Tyler O'Neill continued his robust hitting and the Cardinals continued their string of strong pitching since the All-Star break Monday night as they blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-0, behind Miles Mikolas at rainy Busch Stadium. O'Neill banged one homer to center field at 414 feet in the fifth and one even longer at 433 feet to center in the seventh as he drove in four runs for ...

NEW YORK - As unlikely as it seems, Travis d'Arnaud has become an absolute Yankee killer. One strike away from watching the Rays fall seven games behind the first-place Yankees, d'Arnaud's third homer of the game - a three-run shot in the ninth - lifted the Rays to a stunning and important 5-4 win at Yankee Stadium. In a sensational at-bat against All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, d'Arnaud - ...

CLEVELAND - Once the storm cleared, the Indians charged. A fierce, swirling wall of rain hit Progressive Field in the seventh inning of Monday night's game with the Indians and Detroit Tigers still tied. After the tarp was removed, the rain moved on and the wind died down, the Indians quickly jumped on the Tigers' bullpen to put together a rally en route to an 8-6 win. Outfielder Oscar Mercado ...

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Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers steals home before the tag of catcher J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH T…

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Outfielder Roman Quinn #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 16-2. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STOR…

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Adam Haseley #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies breaks his bat on a swing in the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 16-2. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH T…

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Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

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Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Max Muncy #13 after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR US…

PHILADELPHIA - There are rough innings and nightmarish innings and innings that test a manager's intestinal fortitude while simultaneously graying his hair. And then there was whatever the heck happened to the Phillies in the fourth inning Monday night. It ranked somewhere between a full-scale meltdown and a raging dumpster fire, and everything that occurred before and after in the Los Angeles ...

GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers rolled his eyes at the thought.

Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has signed a one-year contract with a team in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. Avangard Omsk announced Monday that it signed Voynov, who is suspended by the NHL for half of next season because of what the league ruled was a domestic assault incident from 2014. The Kings severed ties to Voynov, 29, when his suspension was reduced in May, but they retain ...

BOSTON - With its World Series rematch against the Dodgers in the rearview mirror, the Red Sox now look ahead to a week where they simply must take care of business. The American League East race has vanished up the road, with the Yankees enjoying a comfortable lead. The chase for two wild card spots is slowly spreading out, with Boston sitting 2{ games adrift of the Athletics. The Blue Jays ...

ANAHEIM, Calif. - One day after tweaking a muscle in his leg, Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was out of the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. The Angels, however, remain optimistic that Trout's tight right calf is a minor issue. Trout had not returned from an MRI appointment and was not available for comment. Manager Brad Ausmus said Trout ...

Dan Mullen excitedly told a small group of reporters at SEC Media Days on Monday about recording his first hole-in-one on the golf course a couple of weeks ago while on summer vacation, but vacation is over now and the time has come for Mullen to ace his second season as the head coach of the Florida Gators. And it all starts against Miami on Aug. 24 in Orlando, Fla., during the Camping World ...

MINNEAPOLIS - Zack Wheeler is hurt, thrusting into question his status as the Mets' most likely and best trade chip this month. The Mets put Wheeler on the injured list on Monday, retroactive to Friday, with right shoulder fatigue, which popped up over the weekend in Miami as he prepared for his first start of the second half. There is no structural damage, a source said, leading to hope that ...

NEW YORK - "Happy throwing day," manager Aaron Boone said, greeting both Luis Severino and Dellin Betances. Side by side, the Yankees' right-handers resumed tossing baseballs on Monday afternoon, reviving the idea that they'll have a role in the club's pennant hopes. And they provide at least some leverage to make the right deal - not just any deal - to bolster the Yankees' pitching prior to ...

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Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs hits a two RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 28, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

CHICAGO - Cubs President Theo Epstein plans to speak "soon" with Ben Zobrist with the hope the valued hitter will rejoin the team later this season. And those talks could have some bearing on what the Cubs do before the July 31 trade deadline. "At this point it doesn't," Epstein said Monday night before the Cubs opened a three-game series against the Reds. "But if we have more of a definitive ...

PHILADELPHIA - The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Chris Taylor was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a fractured left forearm after he was hit by a pitch in the 11th inning in Sunday night's win over the Boston Red Sox. Matt Beaty was recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the roster. The Dodgers left Boston early Monday morning hoping Taylor was dealing with ...

SEATTLE - Two days after domestic-abuse allegations were made public against Storm All-Star forward Natasha Howard by her wife, the team and the WNBA declined further comment as the league continued its investigation. Jacqueline Howard on Saturday morning posted videos and screen shots of text conversations with Natasha Howard and some Storm staff members, accusing Natasha of domestic abuse. ...

HARTFORD, Conn. - Ray Allen has filed a motion asking a judge to void a UConn subpoena or issue a protective order that would prevent the Hall of Famer from having to turn over documents relating to Kevin Ollie's legal battle with the school. The motion, submitted June 10 in Hartford Superior Court, argues that UConn lacked basis to issue the subpoena and that it gave Allen inadequate time to ...

CHICAGO - Some five months after racist and anti-Muslim emails from the Ricketts family patriarch surfaced, a leader in Chicago's Muslim community threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs game Monday night at Wrigley Field. The invitation from the Cubs for Rami Nashashibi, executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, to take part in the tradition presented two problems - one ...

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Packers quarterback DeShone Kizer appeared in three games last season, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. He went 0-15 as a rookie starter for the Cleveland Browns in 2017.

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Ashlyn Harris, Megan Rapinoe, and Ali Krieger of the USA celebrate with the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy following their team's victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, F…

The United States women's national team's World Cup win last week brought more attention to the team than ever before. And when that increased interest resurfaced an old video of Jaelene Hinkle, who declined a national team call-up two years ago because she did not want to wear the jerseys used to honor LGBTQ rights during Pride month, U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris sounded off on Twitter. ...

DALLAS -- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $50,000 by the NBA office for leaking information from last week's Board of Governors meetings, according to an ESPN report. Cuban reportedly admitted that he leaked information while the vote to allow coach's challenges was still in session. It's against league rules to divulge Board of Governors business to outside sources. ESPN reported ...

OAKLAND, Calif. - Even before he signed his new contract with the Warriors, D'Angelo Russell's days appeared numbered. The Warriors view next summer as their chance to restock a championship roster with improved financial flexibility. After committing to a four-year, $117 million deal following his first All-Star season in Brooklyn, the 23-year-old Russell gives the Warriors their best chance ...

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Clark Bishop #64 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New York Islanders in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 26, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/TNS) **…

RALEIGH, N.C. - Clark Bishop, a forward who made his NHL debut and played 20 regular-season games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, has been signed to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Monday. Bishop, 23, will receive $700,000 at the NHL level and $65,000 at the AHL level, with an $80,000 guarantee. "Clark is a reliable, two-way center," Canes general manager Don Waddell ...

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CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees reacts after Nate Lowe #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two-run homer in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field on July 06, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

TAMPA, Fla. -- The standings are unforgiving, and you'd have it no other way. In baseball, there is no place for mercy, nuance or excuses. A 162-game schedule is meant to leave no doubt about which teams deserve to move on, and which should check next spring's calendar. So understand what follows is not a lament, but rather an appreciation. The Rays have no business chasing the Yankees. ...