>>Indians Sweep Royals
(Cleveland, OH) – Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis drove in two runs apiece as the Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 6-4 win. Alcides Escobar drove in two runs and Alex Gordon had two hits and an RBI for KC, which lost five in-a-row to enter the All-Star break 43-and-49. The Royals are in third place in the division, eight games behind the Tigers. Tim Collins took the loss in relief.
>>Molina Sparks Cards To Win Over Cubs
(Chicago, IL) – Yadier Molina’s three-run homer capped a four-run ninth inning as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 10-6. Molina went 4-for-6 and drove in four with three runs for St. Louis, which has won seven out of nine. Allen Craig was 4-for-5 and had the go-ahead RBI single prior to Molina’s blast in the ninth. Pete Kozma was 3-for-6 and knocked in two while Edward Mujica [[ MOO-hee-kuh ]] pitched the final inning-and-a-third for the win. Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBI for Chicago, which has lost three out of five. Cody Ransom tied the game with a pinch-hit two-run double in the eighth. Kevin Gregg was tagged for all four late runs to suffer the loss. Both teams return to action on Friday.
>>NL Battles AL In New York
(Flushing, NY) – The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs are off for the All-Star Break until Friday. The Cards are in first place while the Cubs are in fourth place in the National League Central. Catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Carlos Beltran are starting for the NL. The Cards also have starter Adam Wainwright, first baseman Allen Craig and second baseman Matt Carpenter on the team. Wainwright will not play due to his start last night. He was replaced by teammate Edward Mujica. Starter Travis Wood is the lone Cub representative. The National League has won three straight over the American League.
>>All-Star Managers Name Replacements
(Undated) – A number of replacements for All-Star players were announced on Sunday. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman won’t play due to a thumb injury. Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon, the Seattle Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma and Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander will all sit out of the game. They will be replaced by A’s closer Grant Balfour, Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland and Baltimore Orioles starter Chris Tillman.
>>Home Run Derby is Monday
NEW YORK (AP)- Chris Davis will be the man to watch in tonight’s annual Home Run Derby that precedes Tuesday night’s All-Star game. The Baltimore slugger tied Reggie Jackson’s record for most home runs before the All-Star game with his 37th yesterday in the Orioles’ 7-4 win over Toronto.
>>Spieth Earns Spot on PGA Tour
SILVIS, Ill. (AP)- Jordan Spieth (Speeth) made a par putt on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic, earning a trip to this week’s British Open. The 19-year-old Spieth is the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.