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Spieth leads...Mariners-Cards trade...Oakland signs Carter

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 21, 2017 at 1:49 p.m.



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SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth finished off a windy and wet second round of the British Open with a 1-under 69 to take the lead. This is the fourth time the 23-year-old Texan has at least a share of the 36-hole lead in a major. Spieth seized control of the lead with birdies on the 11th and 12th hole. He's at 4-under 136. Matt Kuchar is two shots behind.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have acquired young left-hander Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for top outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill. The clubs pulled off the surprising deal Friday, the second move to add pitching help in as many days for the Mariners. Seattle acquired veteran reliever David Phelps from Miami on Thursday. This time, Seattle added a young starter who will have a number of seasons of club control but paid a hefty price.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have signed free agent slugger Chris Carter to a minor league deal and promoted right-hander Frankie Montas and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson to the majors. The A's made the moves before playing the New York Mets on Friday night. Carter was recently cut by the New York Yankees after hitting .201 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. He tied for the NL lead with 41 homers for Milwaukee last year but struggled as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Yankees.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup after he sprained his left little finger on a headfirst slide. Bryant got hurt in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday. X-rays were negative, and he is considered day to day. The 25-year-old Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 homers and 40 RBIs in 88 games. He won the NL MVP award last year, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has been suspended for the regular-season opening game after his role in an altercation at a downtown Cincinnati hotel earlier this year. Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge from the January incident, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran. The NFL says the suspension was for a violation of its personal conduct policy. Police said Jones kicked and used head-butting as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a hotel employee.

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