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'Skins surprisingly release CB Scandrick

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins made a surprise move three weeks into training camp by releasing veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

Scandrick signed a two-year deal with Washington in March after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys and had been practicing with the first-team defense. Coach Jay Gruden on Tuesday said the play of second-year cornerback Fabian Moreau, sixth-round pick Greg Stroman, undrafted free agents Danny Johnson and Ranthony Texada and supplemental draft pick Adonis Alexander played into the decision.

"It had nothing to do with his play," Gruden said. "It was more the rookies' emergence, really. We drafted Stroman, we got Adonis in the supplemental (draft) and then nobody could really predict Danny and Texada the way they've played. And we want to give Orlando ample time to get on another team."

US Open wild cards to Wawrinka, Azarenka

NEW YORK (AP) Former U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka and former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka have received wild cards for this year's final Grand Slam tournament.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, another U.S. Open champion, also was given a wild card Tuesday by the U.S. Tennis Association. (MORE)

Cano to return from ban as M's face A's

Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension is over and the Seattle Mariners are expected to have the eight-time American League All-Star in the lineupTuesday night when they play the Oakland A's in the second game of their three-game series at Oakland Coliseum.

Cano was suspended May 15 for a failed drug test. He was hitting .287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 37 games. (MORE)

Cubs, Brewers meet in key 2-game series

CHICAGO -- If the Chicago Cubs needed a shot in the arm heading into what could prove to be a pivotal two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers starting Tuesday at Wrigley Field, David Bote certainly delivered.

Bote's walk-off grand slam on Sunday delivered a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals that not only provided the first-place Cubs a series victory but extended their lead over the Brewers in what remains a tightly contested race in the National League Central. (MORE)

Tribe's Martin battles serious infection

CINCINNATI (AP) Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin is recovering from a bacterial infection that team president Chris Antonetti described as "life-threatening."

Martin is in stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic. Antonetti provided an update on Martin's status when he addressed the team prior to Monday's series opener against the Reds. (MORE)

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