MINNEAPOLIS—Freddie Freeman had four hits and reached base five times, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 9-7 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Target Field. Freeman finished a triple short of the cycle and with five RBIs, tying his career high. Jeff Francoeur also homered as Atlanta took both games of a two-game series. The Braves have won their last seven matchups against the Twins and finished a nine-game road trip 3-6.
The Cleveland Browns placed recently reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon on the active/non-football injury list on Tuesday. Gordon, who passed a physical earlier in the day, injured his quadriceps while working out on his own, according to the team. The Browns said that Gordon is expected to miss "at least a couple weeks" with the injury. In another injury development, Cleveland announced that Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden was placed on the physically unable to perform list with an ailing ankle. The 27-year-old has reeled in 16 interceptions in six years with the club.
The Chicago Cubs acquired closer Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees in a blockbuster trade Monday. Chapman fills one of the few remaining holes on a loaded Chicago roster—that of an experienced left-handed late-inning reliever—as the first-place Cubs improve their chances to win their first World Series title since 1908. The Cubs sent a four-player package to the Yankees—top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, minor league outfielder Billy McKinney, right-handed pitcher Adam Warren and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford.
Second-inning homers by Kansas City teammates Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez powered the American League to a 4-2 victory over the National League on Tuesday night in the 87th All-Star Game before 42,386 at Petco Park.
San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan is calling it a career after 19 seasons and five NBA championships. Duncan's announcement Monday marks the end of an era for the Spurs. The 6-foot-11 power forward superstar also won two MVP awards, was a three-time NBA Finals MVP, made 15 All-Star appearances and was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times in his career. He also made the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight times.
SAN DIEGO—Giancarlo Stanton didn't just win the Home Run Derby on Monday night—he pounded it into submission. The Miami Marlins right fielder routed defending champion Todd Frazier 20-13 in the championship round at Petco Park to finish with an event-record 61 homers over three rounds in the featured preliminary to Tuesday night's 87th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. "See this bad boy? That's why I came here and I'm taking it with me," Stanton said on the telecast while hoisting his Home Run Derby trophy.
Rookie Max Kepler hit his first career grand slam to spark the MinnesotaTwins to a 15-5 win over the struggling Texas Rangers on Sunday
Former Willmar Stinger left-hander Steven Brault will make his Major League Baseball debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis today. The Pirates placed scheduled Tuesday starter Jameson Taillon on the disabled list Monday with right shoulder fatigue and Brault is expected to make his major-league debut. The 24-year-old Californian went 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Indianapolis this season, striking out 44 strikeouts in 35 innings. Brault was acquired from Baltimore in the Travis Snider deal before last season.
AKRON, Ohio—Two weeks after coming from behind to win the U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson did it again in another big event. Johnson closed with a 4-under-par 66 to edge Scott Piercy by one shot and win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. Johnson completed the tournament in 6-under 274 at Firestone Country Club. Piercy, the co-leader after the third round, finished with an even-par 70 for a 275. He tied for second behind Johnson in the U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.
LONDON—Andy Murray saw off the mercurial challenge of Australian Nick Kyrgios with little fuss on Monday, before just as smoothly playing down growing expectations that a second Wimbledon title is his for the taking. The second-seeded Scot's straight sets win over a dangerous opponent maintained his standing, following the shock third round exit of world number one Novak Djokovic, as the bookies' odds-on favorite to lift the Challenge Cup again on Sunday.