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Four MLB clubs have early wake-up calls

(AP) - Day 2 in the latest round of baseball's interleague play is under way at Toronto and Chicago. The Cubs are hosting the Minnesota Twins, while the Blue Jays entertain the Florida Marlins.

The Cubs activated Rich Harden before the game and sent infielder Bobby Scales to AAA Iowa. Harden is pitching for the first time since straining his back May 17.

Interleague play continues later this afternoon with the New York Yankees hosting the city-rival Mets, the Chicago White Sox at Milwaukee and Cleveland home to St. Louis.

There's an early evening start in St. Petersburg, between the Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals.

Under the lights, it's Boston at Philadelphia, Baltimore hosting Atlanta, Detroit at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati at Kansas City, Texas home to the L.A. Dodgers, Seattle at Colorado, San Diego at the L.A. Angels and Oakland at San Francisco.

And the National League series between the Diamondbacks and Houston Astros continues tonight in Arizona.

Eight teams to fight it out for baseball's national championship

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - College baseball's 63rd World Series has begun with a doubleheader in its longtime home.

Arkansas and Cal State Fullerton have taken the diamond in Omaha, Nebraska and will be followed by LSU against Virginia. Cal State Fullerton is the second seed in the tournament.

Gay trying to hold on

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Round 3 of the PGA's St. Jude Classic has begun after thunderstorms caused the second round to be suspended until this morning.

Brian Gay played his first five holes of the day at minus-2 to open a two-stroke lead over Robert Allenby. Gay topped the leaderboard at the midway point with a 10-under total as he tries to earn a spot in next week's U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson and John Daly made the cut but are currently out of contention. Mickelson was 11 strokes back with seven holes remaining today, and Daly approached the back nine at 1-over for the tournament.

Swedish rookie on top

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) - Anna Nordqvist (NOHRD'-kwist) was the leader as she began her third round in the LPGA Championship near Baltimore. Nordqvist was 8-under for the tournament, one shot ahead of Nicole Castrale (kas-TRAH'-lee) and two better than Lindsay Wright and Katherine Hull.

Sharapova beaten in Aegon Classic semifinals by Li

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - Maria Sharapova has lost her semifinal match at the Aegon Classic near London, falling to Li Na 6-4, 6-4 in the Wimbledon tuneup. Sharapova dropped serve six times and held a 2-0 lead in the second set before losing the next four games. The former No. 1 player had been out for 10 months with a shoulder injury before returning to action last month at the French Open.

American James Blake will take on Andy Murray in the men's final tomorrow. Blake advanced today when Andy Roddick had to retire with a foot injury at 4-4 in the first set. It was not immediately clear whether the injury would prevent Roddick from playing at Wimbledon, which begins in nine days.

Murray reached the final by downing Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-2, 6-4.

Peugot leads early

LE MANS, France (AP) - Audi has some early competition as it tries to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a sixth consecutive year.

Peugot held the top two spots after 66 laps and four hours of the endurance race.

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