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Papi willing to give fans what they want

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Papi willing to give fans what they want

The Kansas City fans still were booing the Yankees Robinson Cano during Tuesday nights All-Star Game for not putting the Royals Billy Butler in the Home Run Derby on Monday. The Red Soxs David Ortiz was willing to give the fans what they wanted.

The designated hitter got two at-bats, but he was ready to step aside after one for Butler.

"AL manager Ron Washington wanted me to get another at-bat, and I just went and did it," Ortiz said. "Actually, he wanted me to get three at-bats. I was like, 'Let me get two and have my boy coming in and perform for his hometown.' I guess he had a plan, a plan for when he wanted everybody to be in the game, and we all respect that."

Meanwhile, Cano said the fans werent letting up, to the extent that his family in the stands needed security around them.

I knew coming in I was going to get booed, Cano said. The only thing I didnt like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom. Hopefully, it will stop here and we can go forward.

This is a game and were All-Stars. If I get booed, I dont really care, but to start with your family, thats over the line. You dont want to take this too far because when they do something to your family because its just a game. This is the kind of game you want to have fun in and you want to go home with good memories.

Ortiz did enjoy himself, he said, as he always does at the All-Star Game.

"It's always a blessing to be part of the All-Star Game," Ortiz said. "You've got the fans voting for you. Having to come out here is something that will never get old, you know what I'm saying? It's something I look forward to."

The Orioles Adam Jones said Ortiz was a guy he enjoyed hanging out with.

"Papi, he's awesome," Jones said. "He's a big 8-year-old out there."

Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

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Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

It was only a mere three weeks ago that Francesco Molinari closed with a final round 62 en route to a dominant eight-shot victory at the 2018 Quicken Loans National. 

On Sunday, his eight-under total was good enough for a two-shot win over Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

The 35-year-old played his final round alongside Tiger Woods, who shot a 5-under-par 66 in Saturday's third round that left him at 5 under through 54 holes and four shots back of the leaders. His 66 was his first weekend round in the 60s in the Open since 2007.

The 14-time major winner had to settle for a closing round of 71 on Sunday. It was his first Open since missing the cut at St. Andrews in 2015.

Molinari continues to be one of the world's hottest golfers, notching his third win in the last five starts. 

Some of golf's best weighed in on Sunday: 

When it was all said and done, on a day that featured difficult Carnoustie wind conditions, Francesco Molinari emerged victorious hoisting the Claret Jug. 

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Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- Outfielder Brian Goodwin has been acquired by the Kansas City Royals from the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan.

The 27-year-old Goodwin hit .200 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games for the Nationals this season. He bruised his left wrist diving for a ball and did not play from April 15 until May 15, when he had two at-bats. He went back on the disabled list, returned June 1 and is hitting .171 (7 for 41) since.

Condra-Bogan, 23, went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 16 relief outings with Lexington of the South Atlantic League and one appearance with Wilmington of the Carolina League, also Class A.

The trade was announced Sunday.

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