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Sanchez solid as Blue Jays top Royals

TORONTO—Aaron Sanchez is pitching like he wants to stay in the Blue Jays rotation. Even if that decision isn’t up to him.

The 24-year-old right-hander threw eight sparkling innings of one-run ball as Toronto topped the Royals 6-2 yesterday in the teams’ first meeting since Kansas City’s Game 6 win in last year’s American League Championship Series.

Canada looks to secure Olympic berth

MANILA, Philippines—Playing for an NBA championship wasn’t enough to keep Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson from joining Canada’s national team with an Olympic berth on the line.

The 25-year-old centre played more basketball this season than most players in the league, with his campaign not ending until June 19 when the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Final.

Jays down Rockies

DENVER—Aaron Sanchez kept the Colorado Rockies’ potent offence grounded yesterday.

He induced 14 groundouts—a great idea at Coors Field.

Sanchez allowed one run in eight innings while Josh Donaldson homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies.

Bouchard moving on

LONDON—Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard moved on to the second round of Wimbledon yesterday after posting a 6-3, 6-4 win over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.

The match was completed at the covered centre court at the All England Club after rain postponed matches on outdoor courts for a second-straight day.

Nats finally end skid

MILWAUKEE—Tanner Roark did a stellar job in taking the place of Stephen Strasburg.

Roark—called on to replace the Nationals’ injured ace—held the Brewers without a run over seven innings as Washington snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday.

“We had the off day so I was on five days’ rest anyway, so I felt good,” Roark noted.