Rays open series at Yankees...Braves option Swanson...US men win Gold Cup

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NEW YORK (AP) — The AL East is bunched up as Tampa Bay opens a four-game series at the Yankees tonight. Boston leads by one game over New York, with Tampa Bay another 1½ games back. The Rays are starting an eight-game trip that finishes with four games at Houston, which has the AL's best record.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have optioned struggling shortstop Dansby Swanson to Triple-A Gwinnett (gwih-NEHT'). Swanson was expected to be the figurehead of a rebuilding team. But he has hit only .213 with six homers and 35 RBIs, and has only three hits in 25 at-bats since the All-Star break. The Braves also optioned right-hander Aaron Blair to Gwinnett after he allowed five runs in three innings in yesterday's 10-3 loss to Arizona.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The resurgence of the U.S. men's soccer team is off to an impressive start since Bruce Arena returned as coach late last year. The United States beat Jamaica 2-1 last night for its sixth CONCACAF (KAHN'-kuh-kaf) Gold Cup title and first since 2013. The team now turns its attention to qualifying for next year's World Cup.

GENEVA (AP) — The governing body for international soccer says its senior vice president has resigned following his arrest last week. Angel Maria Villar was arrested in Madrid last week in an investigation into suspected corruption connected to his position as president of the Spanish soccer federation. His son was also among the four officials arrested.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have claimed wide receiver and kick returner Lucky Whitehead, two days after the Cowboys cut him following a shoplifting charge in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. A man used Whitehead's identity to steal $40 worth of food and drink from a Virginia convenience store in June. Dallas released him Monday after reports of his arrest.

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