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Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm, Masahiro Tanaka issued an apology to both the New York Yankees and their fans on Friday. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the official determination was made.

“I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love,” said Tanaka. “Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.”

Yankees owner Brian Cashman said the righty could return in as little as six weeks but also acknowledged the possibility of Tommy John surgery. Tanaka saw three separate doctors on Thursday, including head team physician, Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad, and each agreed on a timetable of six weeks.

Tanaka is currently 12-4 on the year with a 2.51 earned run average and was recently voted to the Major League All-Star Game. He now joins a list of ever growing Yankees on the DL, including three other starting pitchers.

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Vince Carter to Join Grizzlies

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Not to be lost in the madness that was LeBron James’ announcement, Vince Carter is also reportedly on the move. Sources say the veteran shooter spent Friday finalizing a three-year deal to join the Memphis Grizzlies.

Sources say the contract is worth $12.2 million per year, luring Carter away from the Dallas Mavericks. Memphis had attempted to get the shooting guard via a trade in 2013 but ended with Tayshaun Price after Dallas backed out of the talks. The Grizzlies were also hoping that Mike Miller would re-sign, but the small forward informed the team that he would not return for next season.

The Mavs were hoping to re-sign Carter by utilizing the cap-room exception owrth $2.7 million per year. Reports say that Carter had told Dallas that he would return to the team for a two-year deal worth $8 million. However, that number would only be possible if the Houston Rockets chose to match the offer give to Chandler Parsons.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (40-52) – Atlanta Braves 4 (50-43)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (42-51) – Washington Nationals 2 (49-42)

New York Mets 7 (43-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-48)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (51-41) – New York Yankees 2 (46-46) – 10 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 6 (50-43) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (48-45)

Cleveland Indians 7 (46-46) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-50)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (49-45) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (42-53)

Los Angeles Angels 3 (55-37) – Texas Rangers 0 (38-55)

Detroit Tigers 2 (52-37) – Kansas City Royals 1 (47-45)

Boston Red Sox 8 (42-51) – Astros 3 (39-55)

Colorado Rockies 6 (40-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (42-50)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (51-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 6 (52-42)

NBA: LeBron James chooses to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (40-52) – Atlanta Braves 4 (50-43)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (42-51) – Washington Nationals 2 (49-42)

New York Mets 7 (43-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-48)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (51-41) – New York Yankees 2 (46-46) – 10 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 6 (50-43) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (48-45)

Cleveland Indians 7 (46-46) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-50)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (49-45) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (42-53)

Los Angeles Angels 3 (55-37) – Texas Rangers 0 (38-55)

Detroit Tigers 2 (52-37) – Kansas City Royals 1 (47-45)

Boston Red Sox 8 (42-51) – Astros 3 (39-55)

Colorado Rockies 6 (40-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (42-50)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (51-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 6 (52-42)

NBA: LeBron James chooses to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers

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ESPN: Bosh Staying in Miami

Miami Heat/NBA(NEW YORK) — LeBron James might be departing South Beach but Chris Bosh isn’t.

The Miami Heat are finalizing a five-year, $118 million deal with Bosh, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-10 Bosh was being courted by the Houston Rockets and was reportedly offered a four-year maximum contract. After former teammate LeBron James announced earlier in the day that he was returning to Cleveland it was expected Bosh would accept Houston’s offer. Instead he heads back to Miami, where he’s been part of two championship teams.

The 30-year-old Bosh is entering his 12th NBA season. During his career, Bosh is averaging 19.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, two assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

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ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets traded guard Jeremy Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

The Rockets will receive cash and rights to an undisclosed overseas player.

According to ESPNDallas.com, the Rockets are also expected to match the Dallas Mavericks three-year, $46 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.

Meanwhile, the Lakers receive a 26-year-old Lin, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $14.9 million this season.

During his four NBA seasons, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

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Lebron James Is Headed Back to Cavaliers

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland, the four-time MVP announced on Friday in an article he wrote for Sports Illustrated.

James spent seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers before leaving for Miami in 2010. Following his departure, James made four NBA finals appearances and took home two NBA titles, with help from Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, for the Miami Heat.

The Heat made a last-pitch effort to lock in James Wednesday when team president Pat Riley met with James and his agent, Rich Paul, in Las Vegas.

Paul did most of the talking during this free agency process, compared to 2010. He also met with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.

James joins a young Cleveland roster that includes Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, and this year’s number-one overall pick, Andrew Wiggins.

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Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On Thursday, MLB’s fan base spoke, electing Chris Sale and Anthony Rizzo as the Final Vote winners for the 2014 All-Star Game.

It is the 13th season in which the social media/Internet voting method has taken place to decide the final member for both the American League and National League teams.

Sale, an ace on the Chicago White Sox staff, received 6.7 million votes to earn his third All-Star spot. The lefty is 8-1 on the year with a 2.08 earned run average and has been the most dominant pitcher on the White Sox staff.

The 8.8 million votes cast for Rizzo gave the Chicago Cubs first baseman his first ever All-Star appearance. Rizzo his currently hitting .277 for the Cubs and is tied for second in the NL with 20 home runs. He joins shortstop Starlin Castro on the NL roster.

Meanwhile, Erik Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will replace Kansas City’s Alex Gordon on the AL squad. Gordon received an injection on Thursday to help combat a sprained right wrist.

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Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — For the second consecutive night, the Boston Red Sox walked-off against the Chicago White Sox in an afternoon affair at Fenway Park on Thursday.

Mike Carp’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the tenth scored Daniel Nava to give Boston (41-51) the win.

For Carp, it was a grateful return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a broken right foot. After being placed on the disabled list back on June 2, Carp was activated Monday before delivering a game-winner on Thursday.

“Some of the nights, I almost had to turn the TV off in those situations because you can’t be there to help,” said Carp. “It’s tough being on the DL with a boot on my foot.”

The Red Sox trailed 1-0 early but scored three runs in the sixth against Jose Quintana to take the lead.

Chicago (44-49) tied things up in the ninth when Koji Uehara gave up a two-run homer to Conor Gillaspie, forcing extra innings.

Nava led off the bottom of the tenth with a pinch-hit walk before being advanced to second on Mookie Betts’ sacrifice bunt. Stephen Drew was intentionally walked to set up the double play, but Carp singled to left field for the winning run.

It is the eighth time this season that Boston has won in walk-off fashion.

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Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak Ends, Dodgers Win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Clayton Kershaw continued his dominant stretch, picking up yet another victory as he went the full nine innings on Thursday. However, the Dodgers southpaw’s scoreless innings streak came to an end when Chase Headley hit a solo home run in the sixth.

The Dodgers (52-42) would win the game over San Diego, 2-1, as Kershaw allowed just three hits while striking out 11 batters. The hurler was again in complete control, keeping the Padres (40-52) off the board through the first five innings. Kershaw then got the first two outs of the sixth before Headley’s solo shot tied the game at 1-1. That snapped a streak of 41.2 scoreless innings for Kershaw, fifth longest in the modern era.

“It was over the fence, so it was a mistake — and it tied the game,” Kershaw said. “When it’s a game like that, one mistake can kill you. Fortunately for me, that one mistake didn’t.”

Los Angeles would get the lead back in the home half of the inning on Adrian Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly. That helped Kershaw (11-2) win his eighth consecutive start. In each of those starts, the lefty struck out at least seven batters, making him the third pitcher in 100 years to accomplish that feat.

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