Yankees’ Tanaka Throw 26 Pitches In First Bullpen Session Since Being Placed On DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has cleared a key hurdle in his rehab program for strained right and left hamstrings, throwing 26 pitches in his first bullpen session.

Tanaka, sidelined since getting hurt June 8 while running the bases in a game, threw before Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay.

“I was kind of being a little bit cautious about it,” Tanaka said through a translator. “But it turned out that I didn’t feel anything.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tanaka will throw off a mound again Tuesday at New York’s spring training complex in Tampa. That lines Tanaka up to pitch in a simulated game Friday.

“Went well,” Boone said. “Encouraging sign. It looks like he’s doing well.”

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 starts.

“The arm strength is still there,” Tanaka said. “Was able to really throw with some force on it.”

Tanaka could rejoin the Yankees, who have the majors’ best record, before the All-Star break next month.

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Yankees’ Tanaka Throw 26 Pitches In First Bullpen Session Since Being Placed On DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has cleared a key hurdle in his rehab program for strained right and left hamstrings, throwing 26 pitches in his first bullpen session.

Tanaka, sidelined since getting hurt June 8 while running the bases in a game, threw before Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay.

“I was kind of being a little bit cautious about it,” Tanaka said through a translator. “But it turned out that I didn’t feel anything.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tanaka will throw off a mound again Tuesday at New York’s spring training complex in Tampa. That lines Tanaka up to pitch in a simulated game Friday.

“Went well,” Boone said. “Encouraging sign. It looks like he’s doing well.”

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 starts.

“The arm strength is still there,” Tanaka said. “Was able to really throw with some force on it.”

Tanaka could rejoin the Yankees, who have the majors’ best record, before the All-Star break next month.

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England Wins Over Panama, Senegal And Japan Draw

MOSCOW (CBS Sports) — The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia continues with Group F running into nail-biting chaos.

England Wins Over Panama, 6-1

England has booked a ticket into the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after demolishing Panama, 6-1, on Sunday. Combined with Belgium’s win on Saturday, the Three Lions have assured a spot into the knockout stage, and now all that’s left is to decide is who finishes first in the group.

England took a 5-0 lead into halftime and picked up a hat trick from Harry Kane and a double from John Stones. The match also featured a wonderful and historic moment as Panama scored its first World Cup goal, and fans celebrated like the team had just won the tournament.

In the end, a near-perfect result for England. 6-0 would have given them the edge over Belgium on goal differential, but it’s still going to come down to the final match. As for Panama, two losses don’t feel good, but getting a goal is one of the best moments in the national team’s history and will give them a little boost as it tries to win their finale against Tunisia.

Senegal, Japan Draw At 2-2

Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 on Sunday at the World Cup, leaving the door open for Colombia and Poland to get firmly back into the battle for a spot in the round of 16. In a result that does little for either side, Japan got a late goal from Keisuke Honda to earn a point and remain atop of Group H, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s Colombia-Poland match.

Senegal looked on its way to the three points after a goal in the 71st minute by Moussa Wague, but it was not meant to be in what was a highly-entertaining match. The African side got off to a fast start, scoring 11 minutes in thanks to a fortunate bounce off Sadio Mane.

For more World Cup coverage, follow along on CBS Sports.

England Wins Over Panama, Senegal And Japan Draw

MOSCOW (CBS Sports) — The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia continues with Group F running into nail-biting chaos.

England Wins Over Panama, 6-1

England has booked a ticket into the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after demolishing Panama, 6-1, on Sunday. Combined with Belgium’s win on Saturday, the Three Lions have assured a spot into the knockout stage, and now all that’s left is to decide is who finishes first in the group.

England took a 5-0 lead into halftime and picked up a hat trick from Harry Kane and a double from John Stones. The match also featured a wonderful and historic moment as Panama scored its first World Cup goal, and fans celebrated like the team had just won the tournament.

In the end, a near-perfect result for England. 6-0 would have given them the edge over Belgium on goal differential, but it’s still going to come down to the final match. As for Panama, two losses don’t feel good, but getting a goal is one of the best moments in the national team’s history and will give them a little boost as it tries to win their finale against Tunisia.

Senegal, Japan Draw At 2-2

Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 on Sunday at the World Cup, leaving the door open for Colombia and Poland to get firmly back into the battle for a spot in the round of 16. In a result that does little for either side, Japan got a late goal from Keisuke Honda to earn a point and remain atop of Group H, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s Colombia-Poland match.

Senegal looked on its way to the three points after a goal in the 71st minute by Moussa Wague, but it was not meant to be in what was a highly-entertaining match. The African side got off to a fast start, scoring 11 minutes in thanks to a fortunate bounce off Sadio Mane.

For more World Cup coverage, follow along on CBS Sports.

Kershaw, DeGrom Stumble As Kemp Grand Slam Lifts Dodgers Over Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom stumbled in an unexpected ace showdown, Matt Kemp hit a pinch grand slam and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the slumping New York Mets 8-3 Saturday night.

The Dodgers have won 11 straight against the Mets dating to May 2016, matching their best run in the rivalry. Los Angeles beat New York 11 straight times across 1963 and ’64.

Kershaw gave up two runs over three innings in a surprise return from the disabled list. He threw 55 pitches, starting out strong before laboring through his final inning. Left-handed rookie Caleb Ferguson (1-1) replaced him and escaped a couple tight situations over four scoreless innings for his first major league win.

DeGrom (5-3) allowed three earned runs in six innings, including Max Muncy’s 14th home run in the first. He entered the game with a major league-leading 1.51 ERA and hadn’t allowed three earned runs in a game since April 16 against Washington.

New York has lost five straight overall and 12 of 13 at home. The Mets have scored four or fewer runs in 15 straight home games dating to May 20.

Kemp cleared the bases during a five-run eighth inning with his eighth career slam and 13th home run this season. Chris Taylor had a key two-run pinch double, and Los Angeles won for the 24th time in 33 games.

Kershaw was scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha, but Los Angeles decided Friday to have him pitch in New York because of precarious weather in Nebraska. The lefty ace had been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain.

Kershaw was electric in the first inning, freezing leadoff man Brandon Nimmo on a curveball for a three-pitch strikeout and catching Todd Frazier looking for a five-pitch K.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner wasn’t as sharp after that. Michael Conforto and Jose Bautista lined consecutive doubles in the second inning to tie it at 1, and Kershaw threw 25 pitches in the third inning, including an RBI single by Wilmer Flores to put New York ahead 2-1.

Kershaw struck out four, walked one and allowed five hits before Taylor hit for him in the fourth. Kershaw was expected to be limited to 60 pitches or four innings before his rehab outing was nixed.

Taylor was held out of the lineup with a tight left hamstring for a second straight day but delivered a two-run double as Kershaw’s replacement. His shot into the right-center gap put Los Angeles ahead 3-2 during deGrom’s 33-pitch fourth inning. Pitcher Ross Stripling pinch ran for Taylor.

Ferguson struck out six, walked one and allowed three hits. The 21-year-old worked out of trouble in the fifth and seventh innings. The latter jam emerged when Cody Bellinger badly misplayed Nimmo’s low liner to center, leading to a one-out triple. Ferguson then struck out Frazier and got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground out.

DeGrom’s day got off to a rocky start. One pitch after leadoff hitter Joc Pederson drilled deGrom in the rear end with a grounder, Muncy drove a 97 mph fastball midway up the second deck in right field for a 1-0 lead. DeGrom matched a season high with three walks and gave up five hits.

Bautista hit a solo homer off Yimi Garcia in the eighth inning, his fourth this season.

NOT CLOSE

Los Angeles’ past nine wins over New York have been by at least three runs — a first in Dodgers history against any opponent, according to STATS. Los Angeles has outscored the Mets 83-23 during its 11-game streak.

SAFETY DANCE

Enrique Hernandez scored Bellinger with a safety squeeze in the eighth inning.

CLAIMED

The Angels claimed reliever Hansel Robles on waivers a day after he was cut by New York.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (4-1, 2.63) is still dealing with soreness from a right rib microfracture. Buehler nixed a scheduled bullpen session Saturday, and manager Dave Roberts said he may throw it Sunday if there’s improvement. … LHP Adam Liberatore was optioned to Triple-A to make space for Kershaw.

UP NEXT

LHP Rich Hill (1-2, 4.99) starts the series finale for the Dodgers against LHP Jason Vargas (2-6, 8.60).

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Kershaw, DeGrom Stumble As Kemp Grand Slam Lifts Dodgers Over Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom stumbled in an unexpected ace showdown, Matt Kemp hit a pinch grand slam and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the slumping New York Mets 8-3 Saturday night.

The Dodgers have won 11 straight against the Mets dating to May 2016, matching their best run in the rivalry. Los Angeles beat New York 11 straight times across 1963 and ’64.

Kershaw gave up two runs over three innings in a surprise return from the disabled list. He threw 55 pitches, starting out strong before laboring through his final inning. Left-handed rookie Caleb Ferguson (1-1) replaced him and escaped a couple tight situations over four scoreless innings for his first major league win.

DeGrom (5-3) allowed three earned runs in six innings, including Max Muncy’s 14th home run in the first. He entered the game with a major league-leading 1.51 ERA and hadn’t allowed three earned runs in a game since April 16 against Washington.

New York has lost five straight overall and 12 of 13 at home. The Mets have scored four or fewer runs in 15 straight home games dating to May 20.

Kemp cleared the bases during a five-run eighth inning with his eighth career slam and 13th home run this season. Chris Taylor had a key two-run pinch double, and Los Angeles won for the 24th time in 33 games.

Kershaw was scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha, but Los Angeles decided Friday to have him pitch in New York because of precarious weather in Nebraska. The lefty ace had been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain.

Kershaw was electric in the first inning, freezing leadoff man Brandon Nimmo on a curveball for a three-pitch strikeout and catching Todd Frazier looking for a five-pitch K.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner wasn’t as sharp after that. Michael Conforto and Jose Bautista lined consecutive doubles in the second inning to tie it at 1, and Kershaw threw 25 pitches in the third inning, including an RBI single by Wilmer Flores to put New York ahead 2-1.

Kershaw struck out four, walked one and allowed five hits before Taylor hit for him in the fourth. Kershaw was expected to be limited to 60 pitches or four innings before his rehab outing was nixed.

Taylor was held out of the lineup with a tight left hamstring for a second straight day but delivered a two-run double as Kershaw’s replacement. His shot into the right-center gap put Los Angeles ahead 3-2 during deGrom’s 33-pitch fourth inning. Pitcher Ross Stripling pinch ran for Taylor.

Ferguson struck out six, walked one and allowed three hits. The 21-year-old worked out of trouble in the fifth and seventh innings. The latter jam emerged when Cody Bellinger badly misplayed Nimmo’s low liner to center, leading to a one-out triple. Ferguson then struck out Frazier and got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground out.

DeGrom’s day got off to a rocky start. One pitch after leadoff hitter Joc Pederson drilled deGrom in the rear end with a grounder, Muncy drove a 97 mph fastball midway up the second deck in right field for a 1-0 lead. DeGrom matched a season high with three walks and gave up five hits.

Bautista hit a solo homer off Yimi Garcia in the eighth inning, his fourth this season.

NOT CLOSE

Los Angeles’ past nine wins over New York have been by at least three runs — a first in Dodgers history against any opponent, according to STATS. Los Angeles has outscored the Mets 83-23 during its 11-game streak.

SAFETY DANCE

Enrique Hernandez scored Bellinger with a safety squeeze in the eighth inning.

CLAIMED

The Angels claimed reliever Hansel Robles on waivers a day after he was cut by New York.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (4-1, 2.63) is still dealing with soreness from a right rib microfracture. Buehler nixed a scheduled bullpen session Saturday, and manager Dave Roberts said he may throw it Sunday if there’s improvement. … LHP Adam Liberatore was optioned to Triple-A to make space for Kershaw.

UP NEXT

LHP Rich Hill (1-2, 4.99) starts the series finale for the Dodgers against LHP Jason Vargas (2-6, 8.60).

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Bats Stifled As 5 Rays Pitchers Combine For 4-Hit Shutout Against Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday.

Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers completed a four-hitter.

Adames had an RBI single during a two-run second and added a solo homer in the seventh off Sonny Gray (5-5).

The Rays have won the first two of a three-game series against the Yankees, who have the best record in the majors.

New York (50-24), coming off a three-game sweep over Seattle, is the only team in the big leagues not to have dropped more than two straight games this year. This is the latest the Yankees have gone into a season without losing three in a row since August 1954.

After Jake Bauers had a first-inning RBI double, Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead in the second when Daniel Robertson hit a run-scoring double and scored on Adames’ single.

The Yankees had one hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position, including three unsuccessful tries in both the second and third innings.

New York was limited to five hits and went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position in a 2-1 loss Friday night.

TANAKA TIME

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, will have his first bullpen session Sunday and may start a simulated game Friday. “If you look back two weeks ago there was no way I would be able to move the way that I did today,” Tanaka said through a translator. “It’s definitely better.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) felt great one day after a 20-pitch bullpen session and will take the mound again Monday. “Highly encouraged,” said Archer, who could return around the All-Star break. . RHP Jake Faria (left oblique strain) threw 25 fastballs in his first mound session.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Domingo German (2-4) got his first major league win by beating Tampa Bay on June 14. He struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs over six innings.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (9-4) had his scheduled start Sunday pushed back one day to Monday night against Washington. Manager Kevin Cash said Snell could benefit from the extra day off given his recent workload. Tampa Bay will use a bullpen day Sunday.

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Bats Stifled As 5 Rays Pitchers Combine For 4-Hit Shutout Against Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday.

Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers completed a four-hitter.

Adames had an RBI single during a two-run second and added a solo homer in the seventh off Sonny Gray (5-5).

The Rays have won the first two of a three-game series against the Yankees, who have the best record in the majors.

New York (50-24), coming off a three-game sweep over Seattle, is the only team in the big leagues not to have dropped more than two straight games this year. This is the latest the Yankees have gone into a season without losing three in a row since August 1954.

After Jake Bauers had a first-inning RBI double, Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead in the second when Daniel Robertson hit a run-scoring double and scored on Adames’ single.

The Yankees had one hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position, including three unsuccessful tries in both the second and third innings.

New York was limited to five hits and went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position in a 2-1 loss Friday night.

TANAKA TIME

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, will have his first bullpen session Sunday and may start a simulated game Friday. “If you look back two weeks ago there was no way I would be able to move the way that I did today,” Tanaka said through a translator. “It’s definitely better.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) felt great one day after a 20-pitch bullpen session and will take the mound again Monday. “Highly encouraged,” said Archer, who could return around the All-Star break. . RHP Jake Faria (left oblique strain) threw 25 fastballs in his first mound session.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Domingo German (2-4) got his first major league win by beating Tampa Bay on June 14. He struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs over six innings.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (9-4) had his scheduled start Sunday pushed back one day to Monday night against Washington. Manager Kevin Cash said Snell could benefit from the extra day off given his recent workload. Tampa Bay will use a bullpen day Sunday.

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Lukaku, Hazard Score Twice As Belgium Steamrolls Tunisia In World Cup

MOSCOW (CBS SPORTS) — Belgium has all but assured itself a spot in the World Cup round of 16 after pounding Tunisia 5-2 on Saturday in its second group stage match. After starting slow in a 3-0 win over Panama, Belgium got off to an incredibly fast start, scoring three times in the first half. Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard each netted a brace, with Lukaku moving into a tie on the top scorer leaderboard with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Red Devils didn’t win the possession battle, finishing 50-50, but the team produced 22 shots, 12 on frame, and could have scored six or seven.

As for Tunisia, it is on the brink of elimination. On Sunday, a draw for England against Panama would knock the African team out of the World Cup.

Mexico Impresses In Win Over South Korea, 2-1

Mexico continued to impress at the 2018 World Cup, winning its second game of the tournament on Saturday by beating South Korea 2-1. El Tri looked dominant at times and had a two-goal lead before a late goal from the Asian nation made the final score closer than the actual match was.

Carlos Vela scored in the first half on a penalty kick and Javier Hernandez doubled the score with a fine finish in the second half, as El Tri built off the win over Germany with another crucial victory that puts them a step closer to the round of 16.

Germany Stuns Sweden With Goal In 95th Minute, Win 2-1

The curse of champions nearly caught Germany like it caught Italy and Spain in the past two World Cups, but Germany cauterized the wound before the curse could kill them.

On Saturday, facing Sweden and elimination in their second group-stage game, Germany overcame a 1-0 first-half deficit with a pair of second-half goals, the second of which came in the final minute of stoppage time, to best Sweden by a final score of 2-1.

Germany needed all 95 minutes to get the result it needed. Now it heads into its final group-stage match against South Korea with an easier path to the knockout stages.

6 Pitchers Help Push Rays Past Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG. Fla. (AP) — Six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter, and the Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night.

Utilizing a bullpen day, the Rays improved to 14-31 against teams with a .500 or better record with the victory over the team with the majors’ best record.

New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner reacts after grounding into a double play to end the game as members of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate in a baseball game at Tropicana Field on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Winner Ryan Yarbrough (6-3) entered in the second and allowed one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his fifth save in nine chances.

Willy Adames put the Rays ahead 1-0 with a run-scoring single off CC Sabathia (4-3) in the fourth. Sabathia allowed two runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Tampa Bay went up 2-0 in the fifth on C.J. Cron’s sacrifice fly, a drive with two on that Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton snared with a leaping catch at the wall.

The Rays wasted a chance to extend the lead in the sixth when Johnny Field struck out on a failed third-strike bunt attempt with two on and Matt Duffy hit a two-out grounder with the bases loaded to complete a 12-pitch at-bat against Adam Warren.

Aaron Judge made it 2-1 on a seventh-inning RBI single off Chaz Roe. Jose Alvarado prevented further damage by getting a two-out grounder from Didi Gregorius with runners on second and third.

New York Left fielder Brett Gardner went 2 for 5 after missing the previous five games due to right knee soreness.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (strained left and right hamstrings) will have his first bullpen session Sunday and could start a simulated game late next week.

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) had a 20-pitch bullpen session. The opening-day starter will likely be out until after the All-Star break. “(Saturday) will be big to see where my level of soreness is,” Archer said. “The last week my body has really come a long ways. I don’t wake up with any soreness.”

MINORS’ MATTERS

Yankees: RHP Clarke Schmidt, taken 16th overall in the 2017 draft, allowed two runs and three hits over one inning in his first Gulf Coast League game. He missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Rays: Two-way prospect Brendan McKay is on Class-A Charlotte’s disabled list with an oblique injury.

MOVING DAY

Tampa Bay reinstated INF Daniel Robertson (left hamstring strain) from the 10-day DL and optioned RHP Austin Pruitt and outrighted OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Durham.

UP NEXT

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray (5-4) and Rays RHP Wilmer Font (0-3) are Saturday’s scheduled starters.

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