Blue Jays to Promote Top Prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

first_imgTORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before Friday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.Manager Charlie Montoyo announced the move after Toronto lost to San Francisco 4-0 on Wednesday. The Blue Jays are off Thursday.“Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become,” Montoyo said of Guerrero, the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.Toronto has yet to announce a corresponding roster move.Major League Baseball’s Twitter feed posted an image of Guerrero swinging Toronto’s landmark CN Tower as if it were a baseball bat, under the caption, “It’s happening!”The elder Guerrero tweeted a photo of himself in a Montreal Expos uniformwith a very young Vladimir Jr. standing next to him.“My son! The country that saw you as a child will now see you turn into a big one,” Guerrero tweeted. “Working hard everything can be done. I’m proud of you!”Guerrero Jr. went 2 for 5 with a home run for Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. It marked the first time he had played three consecutive games at Buffalo. Guerrero missed the start of the season after an oblique injury in spring training.Guerrero hit .367 with three homers and eight RBIs in eight games at Triple-A.Following their weekend series with the Athletics, the Blue Jays head to Los Angeles to face the Angels, the team Guerrero’s father starred with for six seasons.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams to face Julia Goerges in semi-finals

first_imgSerena Williams came from a set down to beat Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a well-faught Wimbledon quarter-final on Tuesday at Centre Court.For the first time in the tournament the 36-year-old was seriously challenged as unseeded Giorgi, playing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, fought fire with fire to claim the opening set on Centre Court.The 36-year-old saw a serious challenge for the first time in this year’s Wimbledon from the unseeded Giorgi, who was playing her first Grand Slam quarters. The Italian played fiercely and claimed the opening set but the seasoned American was too experienced and faught back well to take the next two sets and set up a semis clash with Julia Goerges.Earlier, Germany’s Goerges had defeated Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 to reach her first major Grand Slam semi-final. The 13th seed ended Bertens’ giant-killing run after faltering in the first set.Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko set up semi-final clashCOMEBACK VICTORY FOR SERENAWilliams responded to losing the first set by raising the intensity level and began striking the ball with ferocious power to break Giorgi’s serve for the first time on her way to levelling the match.World number 52 Giorgi dropped serve to love early in the decider but hung in gamely to at least make Williams serve to reach her 35th Grand Slam semi-final and 11th at Wimbledon.Once again, Serena reigns supreme on Centre [email protected] marches on…#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/meRl9qB0l7Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018Williams stepped up to the line at 5-4 and brought up match point with an ace before completing victory when Giorgi could only push a forehand into the net.advertisement”Every time I play Giorgi she always plays that level so I knew going in it would not be an easy match,” Williams, who will face German 13th seed Julia Goerges in the semi-finals, said shortly after walking off court.”After the first set I said ‘okay let’s go three sets’, I just kept fighting.”Williams is playing only her fourth tournament since returning to the Tour after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia nine months ago and arrived with a ranking of 181, although she was bumped up to 25th seed.After claiming a 19th consecutive match win at the tournament she won in 2015 and 2016 but missed last year, she said she still had a way to go to regain her top level.But with none of the top eight seeds left in the draw she is now a huge favourite to claim a 24th Grand Slam title and move level with Margaret Court on the all-time list.”I feel good, I felt like I did better today, I had to, but this is only my fourth tournament back so I don’t feel any pressure and have to win this,” she said.”I’m here just to prove that I’m back, and I feel like I’m back.”GEORGES ENDS BERTENS’ DREAM RUNA brilliant comeback victory…Serena Williams awaits @juliagoerges in the #Wimbledon semi-finals pic.twitter.com/alLqfq6p9uWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018The two often go out for dinner together when they are playing at the same tournaments but there was no room for sharing any friendly banter as both eyed a place in the last four of the most famous tennis tournament.Dutchwoman Bertens, who had gained an appetite for eating up higher-ranked players having beaten ninth seed Venus Williams and number seven Karolina Pliskova over the past week, appeared well on her way to swallowing up another when she won the first set against Goerges.She also recovered from 4-1 down in the second to level up proceedings but Goerges kept on believing to subdue her pal and she booked a semi-final date with Serena Williams after watching a lunging Bertens roll the ball into the net on match point.Goerges’ win kept alive the possibility of Wimbledon staging an all-German women’s final on Saturday as twice major winner Angelique Kerber takes on Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi.The #Wimbledon ladies’ semi-finals are [email protected] vs @juliagoerges @AngeliqueKerber vs @JelenaOstapenk8Who do you see reaching the final? pic.twitter.com/1PBXxwceFvWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more