CUBS 11, TWINS 10
CHICAGO -- Jon Lester hit a three-run homer in an eight-run second inning and wound up with his NL-leading 11th victory as the cubs sweep the twins 11-10. Ian Happ also homered for the Cubs. They have scored at least 10 runs in four straight games for the first time since 1930. Chicago swept the three-game series and has won four in a row overall. Lester (11-2) allowed four runs, two of them earned, and nine hits in five-plus innings. Javier Baez, who doubled twice, Happ and Willson Contreras each had three hits. Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer off reliever Dillon Maples in the Twins' five-run eighth. Cubs closer Brandon Morrow got one out in the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances. Lance Lynn (5-7) was the loser. Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer and Jake Cave also homered for the Twins.
BRAVES 6, CARDINALS 5
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Foltynewicz threw five shutout innings and Freddie Freeman homered in Atlanta's 6-5 victory over St. Louis. Foltynewicz (6-4) gave up one hit -- a fourth-inning single to Marcell Ozuna. He struck out nine and walked three in an 86-pitch outing. John Gant (2-3) took the loss. A.J. Minter picked up his third save in as many tries by setting the side down in order in the ninth. The Braves outscored St. Louis 22-10 in sweeping a three-game series in St. Louis for first time since May 11-13, 2012. Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis.
WHITE SOX 10, RANGERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Davidson hit a two-run double in his second straight three-hit game to lead Chicago past Texas 10-5. Avisail Garcia had four hits,and Davidson and Jose Abreu drove in three runs apiece to help the White Sox avoid a sweep to start a 10-game road trip, their longest of the season. Texas' Shin-Soo Choo extended the majors' longest on-base streak this season to 42 games. He returned after missing a game with a strained right quadriceps that the club said will limit him defensively for a few weeks. He was 0 for 4 as the designated hitter with an eighth-inning walk that kept alive the third-longest streak in club history, and longest since 1995. Choo's 12-game hitting streak ended. Reynaldo Lopez (4-5) made it through 6 1/3 innings in the boiling Texas heat. One-time Texas closer Joakim Soria got five outs for his 12th save. Cole Hamels (4-7) was the loser.
TIGERS 9, BLUE JAYS 1
MARINERS 1, ROYALS 0
INDIANS 15, ATHLETICS 3
REDS 8, BREWERS 2
PIRATES 7, PADRES 5
SWING OR MISS?
Many hitters got off to a smashing start in July as Cleveland socked 11 doubles, Baltimore homered four times and the Cubs combined with Minnesota for 21 runs at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Now, we'll see if the trend continues as the weather heats up and the balls fly. June marked the second time in three months that strikeouts exceeded hits in the major leagues, a pattern that had never occurred until this year. About halfway through the season, there had been 21,090 strikeouts and 20,671 hits.
The Reds try to keep socking grand slams when the White Sox come to Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati leads the majors with nine slams and has already tied the single-season franchise record set in 2002. Jose Peraza hit one Sunday, and pitchers Mike Lorenzen and Anthony DeSclafani recently connected. Eight different Reds have hit grand slams -- Adam Duvall is the only player with two. James Shields, who twice has led the league in homers allowed, starts for Chicago.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar - L.A.-Bron. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joining one of the league's most storied franchises and switching conferences to try and dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy. For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him. Unlike his two previous forays in free agency, James did not drag out his decision and made the announcement less than 24 hours after NBA free agency opened. His management agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced his agreement with the Lakers with a simple, short release. It was a stark contrast from eight years ago, when a poorly conceived TV special to announce his departure from Cleveland backfired and damaged James' image.
Lance Stephenson is joining LeBron James in Los Angeles. Stephenson agreed to a deal with the Lakers on Sunday night, his agency, Priority Sports, announced on Twitter . That came just hours after James decided he would join the Lakers.
Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons. Robinson returns to the area where he played college basketball. He was on the Michigan team that went to the Final Four in 2013.
Aaron Gordon is staying in Orlando for big money. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Gordon agreed Sunday night to a four-year, $82 million deal to remain with the Magic.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to contracts with free agents Chris Kunitz, Cam Ward and Brandon Manning on Sunday, addressing their depth in every position group after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Kunitz got a one-year deal worth $1 million, and Ward's one-year contract is for $3 million. Manning received a two-year deal. The 38-year-old Kunitz gives Chicago another experienced forward, Ward adds to the Blackhawks' depth in goal after Corey Crawford missed most of last season, and Manning joins a mix of aging veterans and intriguing prospects on defense.
TORONTO (AP) - Superstar center John Tavares is going home, agreeing to terms on a $77 million, seven-year contract with his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday, posting a picture of himself as a child in Maple Leafs bedding. The team says the deal is worth $11 million a season for seven years.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was ''time for the next chapter.'' Chancellor had been awaiting further clarity on his neck, which he injured in a game against the Arizona Cardinals in November. In a posting on his Twitter account Sunday night, Chancellor said his latest scans ''showed no healing.'' Chancellor never used the word ''retirement'' in his statement, which may have been deliberate. Chancellor signed an extension through the 2020 season last August which contained guaranteed money in case of injury. An official retirement could open up the possibility of forfeiting some of that money.
Kyle Busch outdueled Kyle Larson down the stretch Sunday in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, earning his fifth victory of the season. Busch moved into the lead on a restart with 58 laps to go, replacing Kevin Harvick at the front of the field. Busch, Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. -- NASCAR's top three teams so far this season -- were up front with about 40 laps left before a hard-charging Larson crashed the party. He powered by Harvick to get into second. He appeared to be in trouble after brushing the wall with seven laps left, but he kept going and Busch was slowed by a couple lapped cars at the back of the field. Busch and Larson then were neck-and-neck on the final lap. Larson bumped into the back of Busch's car and moved into the lead. Busch then raced into the back of Larson's car and sped ahead for the victory. Busch was booed by the crowd when he got out of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. He playfully rubbed his left eye in a crying motion and waved off the jeering fans. Larson, who was trying for a weekend sweep after winning the Xfinity Series race Saturday, had no complaints. It was Busch's second win at Chicagoland, joining his victory in 2008. He also moved into a tie with Herb Thomas for 14th on the Cup Series' career wins list with 48.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup, surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Edinson Cavani scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo none, giving Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal on Saturday at the World Cup. On the same day Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss, the other ''GOAT'' at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the ''greatest of all time.'' Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday.