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Braves call up top prospect Harris...Keuchel designated for assignment...Pham suspended

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves, looking to upgrade their outfield defense, have called up top prospect Michael Harris from Double-A Mississippi. The 21-year-old Harris is starting in center field and hitting ninth against the Miami Marlins.

The addition of Harris allows the Braves to move Adam Duvall from center field to one of the corner spots in the outfield. Manager Brian Snitker says he believes Harris is “a guy who checks all the boxes.” Snitker envisions an outfield with Ronald Acuña Jr. in right field, Harris in center field and Duvall in left field. Marcell Ozuna would serve as the primary designated hitter.

In other MLB news:

— The Chicago White Sox have designated left-hander Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) for assignment. Keuchel is 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA in eight starts this year. He signed a $55.5 million, three-year contract with Chicago in December 2019. The 34-year-old Keuchel was tagged for six runs and seven hits in two innings in Thursday’s 16-7 loss to the Red Sox. The White Sox also recalled infielder Danny Mendick from Triple-A Charlotte before their game against the crosstown Cubs.

— Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham has been suspended by Major League Baseball for three games after San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson said Pham slapped him because of a dispute about their fantasy football league. Pham also was fined. The suspension was made retroactive to last night, and he will serve the final two games this weekend. While the Giants warmed up in the outfield before last night’s series opener, Pham confronted Pederson and smacked him in the face before the two were separated.

NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS-HURRICANES/RANGERS

Rangers try to force Hurricanes into deciding game

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers need a win at home to keep their postseason going. The Carolina Hurricanes are still looking for their first road victory in these playoffs.

After Carolina won 3-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead, the Rangers will be looking to force a deciding game when they host the Hurricanes in Game 6 on Saturday night.

A must-win game is nothing new for these Rangers. They trailed 3-1 against Pittsburgh in the first round, then won three straight to advance, becoming the first team in NHL history to rally from a deficit in three consecutive elimination games. The Rangers also trailed in this series after losing the first two games in Carolina. They returned home and won Games 3 and 4 to even the series. Now, they have to win at home again to tie things up one more time.

TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN

Swiatek gets 31st straight win

PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek (EE’-gah shvee-AHN’-tehk) has won her 31st consecutive match and is into the fourth round at the French Open for the fourth time in four appearances.

The 2020 French Open champion has collected 48 of the past 49 sets she has played. Swiatek’s winning streak is the longest in women’s tennis since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013. Swiatek improved her career record at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament to 17-2.

Saturday’s 6-3, 7-5 victory over 95th-ranked Danka Kovinic wasn’t entirely smooth sailing. Swiatek’s forehand was a particular trouble spot, responsible for 17 of her 23 unforced errors.

In other action on Day 7:

— Jessica Pegula (peh-GOO’-luh) will make her debut in the French Open’s fourth round after eliminating 2021 semifinalist Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 6-1, 7-6. The 11th-seeded American is one of just two of the top 15 seeds remaining in the women’s draw. Iga Swiatek is the other.

— Daniil Medvedev has reached the fourth round at Roland Garros for the second straight year. The reigning U.S. Open champion, who is seeded second in Paris, advanced with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 28 Miomir Kecmanovic. The 26-year-old Russian has not dropped a set through three matches this week. He faces 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic or 37-year-old French wild-card entry Gilles Simon next.

— Jannik Sinner managed to save 11 set points in the second set on the way to beating Mackie McDonald 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. The 11th-seeded Sinner was treated by a trainer for an issue with his left leg. Sinner is a 20-year-old from Italy who has made it to Week 2 in all three of his trips to the French Open. He wound up losing to Rafael Nadal in both 2020 and 2021.

— Zheng Qinwen has become the fourth Chinese woman to reach the fourth round at the French Open, doing so in her tournament debut. The 74th-ranked Zheng was leading 6-0, 3-0 on Saturday at Court Philippe Chatrier when her opponent, France’s Alizé Cornet, stopped playing because of what she said was a torn muscle in her upper left leg. Zheng is a 19-year-old who is ranked 74th and playing in only her second Grand Slam tournament.

— Camila Giorgi beat No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.

— No. 20 Daria Kasatkina defeated Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-2.

— Irina-Camelia Begu reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in six years. She got there one match after being fined $10,000 for tossing her racket and having it brush a child in the stands. The 63rd-ranked Romanian advanced by beating 227th-ranked French wild-card entry Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-4.

NASCAR-CHARLOTTE-SELLOUT

NASCAR hub gets sellout for Memorial Day weekend

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is still alive and well in Charlotte. Charlotte Motor Speedway has announced a complete sellout for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, meaning approximately 100,000 fans are expected to attend NASCAR’s longest race.

Grandstand seats sold out earlier this week. Officials said Saturday that all premium, reserved and standing-room-only seats have all been purchased as well.

Kyle Larson won the race last year and is the favorite to win again. It will be the largest crowd for the Coca-Cola 600 since 2017, according to track officials.

F1-MONACO GP

Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole in Monaco GP as Perez crashes

MONACO (AP) — Charles Leclerc has positioned himself to reclaim the Formula One championship lead from reigning champion Max Verstappen by winning the pole for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Leclerc was already atop the leaderboard Saturday when a crash by Sergio Perez stopped the session with about 30 seconds remaining. Perez had spun his Red Bull and was blocking the course, and Carlos Sainz Jr. saw him too late to avoid hitting Perez. Despite the contact with Perez, Sainz qualified second as Ferrari locked out the front row for Sunday’s race.

Leclerc has never finished a race on his home circuit.

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