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Last Update on July 08, 2015 01:28 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- A rookie beat an All-Star this afternoon, sending the Kansas City Royals to victory.

Paulo Orlando launched a walk-off grand slam off Brad Boxberger with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Royals past Tampa Bay 9-5 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Orlando had homered just once in his first 116 major league at-bats before going deep against the All-Star reliever. The blast came a half-inning after the Rays tied the game on a wild pitch.

Alex Gordon smacked a solo homer and Kendrys (KEN'-drihs) Morales hit a two-run single as the Royals overcame home runs by James Loney and Evan Longoria.

Also in the majors:

-- Jake Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and also got a career-high two hits as the Chicago Cubs downed St. Louis 7-4 in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Anthony Rizzo smacked a two-run homer while the Cubs scored four times in the eighth after the Cardinals pulled within 3-2. Chris Denorfia had two hits and three RBIs as the Cubbies beat the Redbirds for the first time in their last six meetings.


UNDATED (AP) -- Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) says he will participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati next Monday.

Pujols said he wanted to be a part of the competition after being picked for the AL All-Star team this week. He will start the game in place of Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who went on the disabled list for the first time in his 13-year career with a strained calf.

In other major league news:

-- Yankees closer Andrew Miller and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury are expected to come off the disabled list before Wednesday night's game against Oakland. Miller has been sidelined since June 10 with a strained left forearm, while Ellsbury has been out since May 20 due to a sprained right knee.

-- The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with Cuban infielder Andy Ibanez (ih-BAHN'-yehz) on an international free-agent contract. The 22-year-old Ibanez hit .283 with 13 home runs during the past three seasons in Cuba's top league.


LONDON (AP) -- Top seed Serena Williams will lock horns with No. 4 Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon women's semifinals on Thursday. Both needed three sets to earn victories on Tuesday.

Williams dropped her opening set and trailed 2-0 in the second before winning the next seven games in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 triumph over No. 21 Victoria Azarenka. Williams is still in line to complete a single-season Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open and French Open.

Sharapova advanced with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist CoCo Vandeweghe (VAN'-deh-way). The road to the final will be tough for Sharapova, who is 2-17 lifetime against Williams and has dropped their last 16 meetings.

The other semifinal match will have 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-NYESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) against Garbine Muguruza (moo-gah-ROO'-thuh). Radwanska was a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 winner against American and 13th seed Madison Keys. Muguruza beat Timea Bacsinszky (tih-MAY'-uh bah-CHIHN'-skee), 7-5, 6-3.

Men's top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has moved into the quarterfinals, completing a 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 comeback win over Kevin Anderson. The match was suspended at two sets all by darkness Monday, and the two had to endure a brief delay of the restart due to rain.

Djokovic has a date with reigning U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- The PGA of America is moving its Grand Slam of Golf from Donald Trump's golf course in Los Angeles.

Trump says he met with the PGA of America and both sides agreed it would be best to not play the 36-hole exhibition at Trump National Golf Club.

The Republican presidential candidate has come under fire for calling Mexican immigrant criminals and rapists. That has prompted several businesses to cut ties with Trump.

The 36-hole Grand Slam of Golf is for the major champions of the year.


UNDATED (AP) -- Scott Stallings has been suspended for three months for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy.

Stallings says in a statement that he took a supplement to help with chronic fatigue in February. He says when he realized it was on the tour's list of banned substances, he notified the tour.

Stallings is the third player to be suspended since the anti-doping policy began in 2008. The 30-year old is the first PGA Tour winner to be suspended.


UNDATED (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the deal says the Golden State Warriors are sending forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace.

Lee is due to make $15.4 million next season and became expendable following the emergence of Draymond Green. The former All-Star played the fewest minutes of his career and averaged just 7.9 points per game, the lowest since his rookie year with the Knicks in 2005-06.

Wallace barely got off the bench for the Celtics and averaged 1.1 points a game last season.

In other NBA news:

-- Center Marc Gasol (guh-SAWL') has confirmed that he will sign a new five-year contract with the Grizzlies, a deal that's expected to be worth more than 100 million dollars. The 7-foot-1 Marc Gasol is coming off the best season of his seven-year NBA career. He averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists last season for Memphis.

-- Charlie Villanueva has announced on Twitter that he will return for a second season with the Dallas Mavericks. The 30-year-old Villanueva averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 64 games for the Mavericks, including one start. He was fourth on the team with 83 3-pointers.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues say they have signed star forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year, $60 million contract. The 23-year old made his first All-Star game appearance last season when he scored 73 points, including 37 goals.

Tarasenko has 135 points (66 goals, 69 assists) in 179 career regular-season games over parts of three seasons. He also has 10 goals and an assist in 13 playoff games.

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