In baseball news, facing the threat of a lifetime ban for the alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez says he is ready to return and wants to play Friday in the game against the Rays.
On Wednesday Rodriguez sought a second medical opinion on his leg injury from Dr. Michael Gross who initially said that his reading of the MRI showed no damage to Rodriguez's quad that should keep him off the field. It was later revealed that Gross did not examine Rodriguez.
Ryan Braun is the first player to receive a suspension stemming from Major League Baseball's investigation of players reportedly linked to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season, causing him to miss the team's final 65 games.
In baseball news, Mike Napoli homered with two outs in the 11th inning — his second of the game — and the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-7 on Sunday night.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez won’t be ready to rejoin the team any time soon. The team said in a statement that Rodriguez has a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps muscle.
Elsewhere in the American League, Tampa Bay beat Toronto 4-3. Cleveland topped Minnesota 7-1. Detroit slid by Kansas City 4-1. Seattle cruised ahead of Houston 12-5. Oakland shut out the Angels 6-0 and Baltimore doubled up Texas 4-2.
On what’s shaping up to be the hottest day of the year, Saratoga begins its 150th season of thoroughbred racing.
This week, the New York Racing Association's new president and CEO Chris Kay met with members of the media to discuss his plans for Saratoga Race Course’s season. One of the first questions, right out of the gate, was about the weather and whether or not racing might be cut back or suspended altogether on opening day: Kay told reporters "We've had warm days in the past. We're prepared for it..."
Baseball's four-day break for the All-Star Game ends tonight with a full slate of games. The AL East-leading Red Sox are hosting the Yankees, who start the second half of the season six games behind Boston. The Red Sox play 13 of their next 16 games at home, where they are 31-16 this season.
In golf news, it is another sunny day along the Scottish coast. Zach Johnson heads into the second round of the British Open with a one-shot lead. He opened with a 5-under 66. The weather has been unseasonably warm and dry. It's expected to stay that way through the weekend.
New York racing officials say they're taking steps to make sure horses, track workers and fans are safe and comfortable as the 150th Saratoga Race Course season opens with temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s.
The New York racing Association says there will be veterinarians on horse paths, paddock, winner's circle and track to check all the thoroughbreds before and during races. Hoses and ice buckets will be available along the route the horses take to the track.
There will also be extra water in the jockeys' quarters and ice will be on sale at concession stands.
In golf news, the British Open starts today. Tiger Woods is trying for his 15th major title -- but first in five years. Also competing is U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.
Moving over to baseball, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that Alex Rodriguez could be back in pin stripes Monday or Tuesday, after a day off. If the team decides the third baseman is not ready for major league games he has to go back on the disabled list.
In racing news, opening day at Saratoga Race Course is tomorrow.