Torres, Gregorius lead Yankees past Twins, into ALCS

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After completing a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series with a 5-1 victory on Monday night in Minneapolis, the New York Yankees get a four-day break before opening the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

Where and against whom they will play has yet to be the determined. The Houston Astros, who own the edge for home-field advantage by virtue of their major-league-best 107 wins, hold a 2-1 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays heading into Game 4 of their ALDS on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“We’ll enjoy watching that series unfold and we’ll get ready for whoever it is,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after getting doused with beer and champagne. “We’re going to spend the night here and fly back tomorrow. We’re going to try and shut it off for the next 10 or 12 hours.”

Gleyber Torres homered and doubled twice, and Cameron Maybin also hit a home run as the New York made it 13 playoff wins in a row over Minnesota, which also lost its 16th consecutive postseason games to extend its major league record.

Didi Gregorius also had two hits and two RBIs, and Brett Gardner added an RBI single for New York, which became the first team to sweep a 100-win opponent in a division series.

Chad Green (1-0), one of six pitchers used by New York on Monday, picked up the win with 1 1/3 shutout innings of relief. Aroldis Chapman recorded the final five outs to get the save, striking Nelson Cruz out looking with runners on first and second to end the game.

“The way we played tonight was championship-caliber baseball,” Boone said. “The amount of big-time plays these guys made on defense, the amount of big pitches they made in big spots … Minnesota brought it tonight, but our guys time and time again were able to make a great defensive play or a big-time pitch.”

Eddie Rosario singled, doubled and homered, and Luis Arraez had a double among his two hits, but Minnesota finished 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out five and not walking a batter.

“I mean it when I say to you that I do not sit here frustrated at all,” said Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli of his team, which set a major league record with 307 home runs, including five players with 30 or more, while winning 101 games. “Our guys should be walking out of that clubhouse with their heads held high. They never stopped playing.”

Torres (22 years, 298 days) gave New York a 1-0 lead it would never relinquish in the second inning with a 376-foot home run barely over the glove of Twins left fielder Jake Cave, becoming the youngest Yankee to homer in a postseason game since Derek Jeter (22 years, 105 days) did so in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS.

That Jeter homer is well-remembered because 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence to pull the ball into the stands, with the umpires failing to call fan interference.

“He loves the stage,” Boone said of Torres. “What more can you say? He’s such a great two-way player and clearly loves playing in the postseason.”

The Yankees extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Gio Urshela led off with a double and scored two outs later on Gardner’s single.

New York made it 3-0 in seventh when Torres lined a double off the left field wall and scored one out later on a single by Gregorius.

Rosario cut it to 3-1 in eighth when he lined a 412-foot homer to dead center off Zack Britton. Maybin answered with a home run just inside the left field foul pole in the ninth off Sergio Romo, and Gregorius added an RBI single to end the scoring.

Including the playoffs, Gregorius has 30 RBIs in 13 games vs. the Twins since the start of 2018.

–Field Level Media

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Golf: South Africa’s Lombard surges into halfway lead at Irish Open

(Reuters) – South Africa’s Zander Lombard carded a solid three-under-par 67 in the Irish Open second round on Friday to take a one-shot lead over England’s Eddie Pepperell.

Lombard, 24, who started the day a shot behind overnight leader Padraig Harrington following an opening 64, fired five birdies to go nine-under for the tournament at Lahinch Golf Club.

Pepperell also shot 67 while three-times major champion Harrington produced a disappointing 73 to slip down the leaderboard.

“I had to change a few things in my physique and how I swing the club so it’s nice to see the hard work coming off and what a better place to see it happen,” said Lombard, who made the weekend for the first time since March.

“I missed a few cuts coming into this week and it’s been three months of hard work… it’s been really good golf, solid, and I’m just really enjoying being at the top.”

Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, Spain’s Jorge Campillo and England’s Lee Westwood were tied for third at seven under.

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Tennis: Anderson, Isner to lead Team World in Laver Cup

(Reuters) – World number eight Kevin Anderson will lead John McEnroe’s Team World at the Laver Cup in Geneva in September, with John Isner, Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov also named to take on Team Europe.

The Laver Cup, a three-day team event between Europe and the rest of the world, became an official part of the ATP Tour in May this year following its runaway success in its first two editions in Prague and Chicago.

The event, named after Australian great Rod Laver, who won 11 Grand Slams between 1960 and 1969, drew sellout crowds last year as a number of top-ranked players such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic took part with the Europeans winning 13-8.

McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles champion, is the captain of Team World while Team Europe are led by his former arch-rival and 11-times Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg.

“Kevin and John were key to Team World’s near victory in 2018,” McEnroe said in a statement. “And with Milos we add a big server who has beaten everyone on Team Europe more than once.

“We know Team Europe is incredibly strong but we are not coming to Geneva to lose. We’ve come very close the last couple of years, and the third time could definitely be the charm.”

South African Anderson had a memorable outing at the Laver Cup in Chicago last year, beating Djokovic in the singles and teaming up with American Jack Sock to beat Djokovic and Federer in doubles.

“The Laver Cup is more than just a new event. It honors one of the greatest players of all time, Rod Laver, and the sacrifices he and his whole generation made to give us the opportunities and careers we have today),” Anderson said.

The Laver Cup will run from Sept. 20-22. Team Europe have won both previous editions.

Team Europe: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Fabio Fognini

Team World: Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov

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Ford names company veterans to lead auto, mobility units

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(Reuters) – Ford Motor (NYSE:) Co on Wednesday named two company veterans to lead its auto and mobility businesses as the No.2 U.S. automaker shifts its focus to autonomous vehicles and realigns its automobile portfolio.

Joe Hinrichs was named president of its automotive unit and Jim Farley as president, new businesses, technology & strategy, effective May 1. Both the executives will report to Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett, the company said.

“In the past two years, we have made tangible progress in improving the fitness of our business, overhauled our regional strategies, created a winning product portfolio, and are working to transform Ford to succeed in an era of profound change and disruption,” Hackett said.

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Risk currencies lead ahead of European markets open

Aussie and kiwi benefit from improved risk sentiment in markets


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On the other hand, the Japanese yen is the laggard as we begin the session as equities sentiment is boosted by further Chinese commitments in achieving a truce with the US. E-minis are up by almost 0.5% on the day now and Asian equities are still holding on to their gains into the closing stages.

However, trading ranges remain narrow for the most part and that’s mainly reflected in movement in the other major currencies so far today.

The aussie and kiwi are leading the way as both currencies are holding at session highs currently, boosted by the improved risk sentiment. There’s also talks that China’s policy meeting next week will set up an upbeat rhetoric to boost growth next year and that’s helping to feed into gains seen in Chinese equities and the aussie and kiwi – which both have strong ties to Chinese economic sentiment.

Look out for more Brexit headlines in the session ahead but the main spotlight will be on the ECB and Draghi’s presser to come later on in the day. European equities are set to open mildly higher and the futures should reflect that in just under 15 minutes now.

Here are the ranges for dollar pairs on the day thus far:

  • EUR/USD – 14 pips
  • USD/JPY – 29 pips
  • GBP/USD – 40 pips
  • USD/CHF – 21 pips
  • USD/CAD – 20 pips
  • AUD/USD – 26 pips
  • NZD/USD – 32 pips

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