Mariners prepare for Robinson Cano’s return from 80-game ban
Robinson Cano began a rehab assignment with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate on Monday night in preparation for his return from an 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. The Mariners said Cano, who has not played since May 13 when he fractured the fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch, is expected to play two games with Tacoma against Colorado Springs on Monday and Tuesday. He may play in some games for Single-A Everett later in the week. Cano is eligible to rejoin the Mariners on Aug. 14 while the team is in Oakland. He was expected to play first, second and third base during his rehab assignment, said Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ‘‘It’s one thing hitting a guy groundballs, it’s another thing seeing them live off the bat in game situations and reacting to things,’’ Servais said.
Devers gives it a go in Lowell
In an injury rehabilitation game with Single A Lowell, Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs against Vermont. Devers also played six innings in the field and had an error in his only chance. Devers, who is returning from a hamstring strain, is eligible to be activated on Wednesday.
Rays trade SS Hechavarria
The Tampa Bay Rays traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for righthanded minor league pitching prospect Matt Seelinger. Hechavarria, 29, was hitting .258 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 61 games before the Rays designated him for assignment last Wednesday. His .990 fielding percentage is fourth-best in the majors this season among shortstops with at least 200 innings. The Rays will pay Pittsburgh $1,583,468 to offset most of the remaining $1,744,624 Hechavarria is owed from his $5.9 million salary . . . The Oakland Athletics acquired righthander Mike Fiers from the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named or cash. Fiers, 33, who was with the World Series champion Houston Astros lasti season, is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA this season . . . The Chicago White Sox placed outfielder Leury Garcia (left hamstring strain) on the 10-day disabled list. The White Sox also optioned catcher Dustin Garneau to Triple-A Charlotte and activated catcher Kevan Smith was activated from the paternity list, and outfielder Ryan LaMarre was brought up from Charlotte.
Sock bounced at Rogers Cup
Qualifier Daniil Medvedev upset 13th-seeded Jack Sock, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Milos Raonic, who has fallen from No. 3 to No. 30 due to numerous injures the past two seasons, also advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over David Goffin after heavy rain delayed play for nearly three hours . . . Venus Williams 38, advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal after a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Caroline Dolehide . . . Serena Williams, 36, said in an Instagram post that she’s struggling with postpartum emotions and wants other new mothers to know they are ‘‘totally normal.’’ The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered the most lopsided defeat of her career last week, then withdrew from the Rogers Cup. ‘‘Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,’’ Williams said in the post.
Revolution send Nemeth to KC
Sporting Kansas City landed a familiar name in its search for a new striker, settling on its old striker by acquiring forward Krisztian Nemeth from the New England Revolution for $350,000 in allocation money and a 2020 first-round draft pick . . . Los Angeles FC acquired forward Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United FC for $550,000 in a deal that includes a potential $200,000 more depending on future performances by Ramirez . . . Less than a year after emerging from a long run of NCAA issues, North Carolina is dealing with rule violations again — this time for football players selling team-issued shoes. The school said 13 players will miss games — nine players will miss four — while serving suspensions for the secondary NCAA violations . . . William & Mary football coach Jimmye Laycock, 70, will retire after his 39th season with the Tribe . . . UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford signed a huge recruiting prospect in Shareef O’Neal, the 6-foot-10-inch, 220-pound son of NBA great Shaquille O’Neal.