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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bartolo Colon makes his debut tonight with Minnesota, joining his 10th major league team. He'll start for the contending Twins against the Yankees at Target Field. The burly 44-year-old was released two weeks ago by Atlanta after 13 starts and an unsightly 8.14 ERA. He had a rocky start last week with Triple-A Rochester, giving up four runs in 3 2/3 innings, but the Twins have struggled badly to fill the fifth spot in the rotation. Colon will be the 11th pitcher to start a game for them this season. He made his big league debut in 1997, when 60-year-old Twins manager Paul Molitor was still playing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle join the Nationals in Los Angeles for the start of a series against the Angels. The NL East leaders acquired the duo from Oakland on Sunday. They'll try to shore up a bullpen that's been Washington's weak spot. The Nationals are coming off a four-game sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte insists he still isn't sure how a banned steroid got into his system. It brought the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder an 80-game suspension -- a suspension that ends tonight. Marte says he was "careless" while spending the last offseason in his native Dominican Republic.
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA teams are making a wardrobe change, with the traditional home and road uniforms going back in the closet. The league says it's eliminating the old apparel designations starting with the 2017-18 season, when Nike becomes the official outfitter. Instead, there will be four primary uniforms for each team. The host team will pick which of its uniforms will be worn for each game and the visitors will select one of the contrasting ones from their collection. Previously, white uniforms were the default for home teams.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Total player compensation at the U.S. Open tennis tournament will top $50 million for the first time this year, with a record $3.7 million going to each of the singles champions. The U.S. Tennis Association announced that the total purse for the tournament will be $50.4 million, a nearly 9 percent increase from last year. The previous winners of the final Grand Slam tournament of the season — Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber — earned $3.5 million. The U.S. Open starts on Aug. 28.
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