Light day schedule
UNDATED (AP) — It's a light schedule of day games in Major League Baseball this afternoon. In Atlanta, two of the top National League teams are squaring off as the Braves entertain the Reds after Cincinnati doubled up Atlanta 4-2 last night.
The Tampa Bay Rays, who had their eight-game winning streak stopped by Houston rookie Jarred Cosart in a 2-1 loss last night, are home against the Astros in the second game of their weekend series.
The Chicago White Sox are in Philadelphia for a day-night doubleheader after last night's rainout in the City of Brotherly Love. The Minnesota Twins are in New York to play the Yankees.
In a marquee game this evening, two front-running American League teams continue their weekend series as the Tigers play host to the Rangers. Detroit scored five runs in the first inning in its 7-2 win over the Rangers last night. The man to keep an eye on is Tigers' starter Max Scherzer, who enters the game 13-0. Despite getting a no-decision in his last outing against Cleveland, Scherzer can still equal the 14-0 start of the 1986 season by Roger Clemens. He is 4-0 with a 3.35 earned run average lifetime against the Rangers.
Lance Lynn of the Cardinals is going for his 12th win of the season tonight. The Cards are facing the Cubs in Chicago after losing there, 3-2, yesterday. Lynn starts the night with a mark of 11-3 with a 3.67 ERA. He'll be facing Matt Garza, who is rumored to be on his way out of Chicago via a trade before the trading deadline later this month. Garza is 5-1 with a 3.22 ERA.
GOLF-U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Allen leads by 5
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Allen takes a whopping five-shot lead into today's third round at the U.S. Senior Open. Allen's 36-hole lead is the largest in the event's 34-year history. Allen fired a 7-under 63 yesterday to get to 10 under par.
Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt), at 5-under, is his closest pursuer. Mediate finished with 14 straight pars while shooting a bogey-free 67. Jeff Sluman, who also shot 67, is at 4-under.
Three tied for lead at John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Defending champion Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed and Lucas Glover start third round play at the PGA's John Deere Classic tied for the lead at 12 under par. They have a one-shot lead over Matt Jones.
LPGA-MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
Park 5 back in Canada
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Inbee Park has some work to do if she's going to be in a position Sunday to win an unprecedented fourth straight LPGA Tour event. Park is five shots back of Catriona Matthew as third round play starts at the LPGA Tour event in Waterloo, Ontario.
First of two weekend races is today
TORONTO (AP) — Dario Franchitti (DAH'-ree-oh fran-KEE'-tee) is starting today's IndyCar race in the streets of Toronto from the pole. He grabbed the top spot yesterday after being involved in a small crash in the morning. He responded with three flawless qualifying sessions.
The Toronto weekend of racing is the second of three doubleheaders on the schedule. The first race will feature the series' first standing start since 2008 at Long Beach. The second race is tomorrow.
TOUR DE FRANCE
UNDATED (AP) — The 14th stage of the Tour de France is being contested today. Overall leader Chris Froome of Britain didn't have a good race yesterday and his lead was reduced. Dutchman Bauke Mollema starts the day second, 2:28 back of Froome.