Lowry sets early target, McIlroy has 79

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) Shane Lowry of Ireland didn't have the level of expectations or the connection to Royal Portrush like Rory McIlroy.

All he had was the lead Thursday at the British Open.

Lowry found a renewed confidence on the eve of the final major of the year and delivered a 4-under 67 in ever-changing weather to set the early target at the first British Open in Northern Ireland in 51 years.

Koepka moves into tie for British lead

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) The Latest on first round of The British Open (all times local):

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Yankees, Rays to play twin bill in Bronx

Two doubleheaders on one road trip are hardly ideal for any team, but the Tampa Bay Rays are embracing a chance to possibly freshen up some bullpen arms while getting two chances in the same day to inch closer to the New York Yankees in the AL East race.

Instead of attempting to play through rain and projected thunderstorms at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the teams opted for a single-admission doubleheader to conclude their four-game series on Thursday. (MORE)

Athletics hope to stay hot against Twins

The Oakland Athletics are riding homers as they open a four-game road series against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

The recent numbers for manager Bob Melvin's A's have been impressive -- six consecutive victories, winners of 12 of 14 and a sizzling 19-5 in their last 24 games. (MORE)

Surging Indians try to beat Tigers again

The Cleveland Indians have manhandled the Detroit Tigers to the tune of winning 10 meetings in a row and 11 of 12 this season.

The Indians aim to maintain their mastery of the Tigers and complete a four-game sweep of their American League Central rivals on Thursday when the clubs reconvene in Cleveland. (MORE)

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