NEW YORK -- Venus Williams basked in the cheers at Arthur Ashe Stadium as the sun set just over the newly operational roof. She had lost her fourth-round match 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3) to Karolina Pliskova. The match was technically an upset, since Williams had a No. 6 seed and Pliskova was No. 10, but in a few important ways, the result was another success for Williams in a year of success.Yeah, definitely a ton of positives, Williams said of her season. Im looking forward to continuing a lot of positives on the court.Venus left that grateful stadium to her sister Serena, the top-seeded woman in the tournament and one of the greatest players of all time. These women make sisterhood look like a team sport, which, of course, tennis isnt. Serenas greatness naturally attracts the spotlight, while Venus doesnt always get the full measure of her due.So we can let Venus exit the US Open this year, but not before shining just a bit of the spotlight on what she has been able to accomplish this season.This is a woman who has rewritten the rules when it comes to age and competitiveness. At 36 -- think about that for a second -- she has reached a Wimbledon semifinal and the fourth round of the French and US Opens. She remains one of the toughest WTA players when it comes to grass.If she were a young junior just hitting the tour, Williams would be heralded from the rooftops. And yet she isnt. We like our champions to have potential for greatness, and when most of that greatness has been achieved, when the story has been told and the face is familiar, we start looking for the next rising sun.Williams managed her success this year despite her fatigue-inducing autoimmune disorder, Sjogrens Syndrome. In 2011, that condition forced her to withdraw from the US Open, and many thought it was the beginning of the end of her career. Yet Williams has not allowed the inevitability of age and the unpredictability of her illness to dictate the terms of her career.Its just a lot of willpower, Williams said. Thats really what it is. I started to feel better more consistently this year, so Im always trying to find things to help me feel my best.That includes a practice routine that involves relentlessly honing her game and starting a sugar-free nutrition regimen which most people would balk at. She admitted it cuts out a lot of good foods, but it makes a difference in her fitness, so she is sticking with it.Im always trying something different to find a peak performance; its something I started recently, Williams said.She could have a line of cookbooks and frozen meals. She should be selling face cream and workout gear, and her face could be on the side of every bus from Queens to Manhattan for a month.But Venus has never been about gratuitous self-promotion. She has her business, she has her game and she works behind the scenes to make tennis a better place for the next generation.If it were at all difficult to be upstaged by a younger sibling for the better part of one of the longest careers in tennis, Venus gives no indication. Instead, the interactions they have lead one to conclude that tennis may be what they are known for, but it doesnt define them or their relationship.And thats something worth celebrating. Ryan Goins Jersey . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. Jason Hammel Jersey . 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MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookie Max Kepler continued to show promise for the future of the Minnesota Twins, though the present-day struggles led to one member of the team being traded away.Kepler continued his midseason surge with a game-tying home run among two hits and two RBI as the Minnesota rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 on Thursday night.The teams were squeezing in a make-up game from a May 9 postponement with Minnesota in the middle of a homestand and Baltimore heading for a weekend series at Toronto.Following the game, the Twins traded Eduardo Nunez, the teams lone All-Star representative this year, to the San Francisco Giants for Triple-A left-hander Adalberto Mejia.The Twins are a great organization and made me feel like at home, Nunez said. But at the end of the day, its business, baseball. You go wherever is best for you and the team. The Giants want me and Im going to go there and do my best.Minnesota had lost three in a row and was coming off a disappointing two-game sweep at home to the Atlanta Braves in a matchup of two teams with the majors worst records.Kepler hit his 11th home run off reliever Odrisamer Despaigne (0-2) leading off the sixth inning to tie the game 2-all after Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez lasted five innings in his first start since July 8. Kepler had an RBI double as part of a four-run seventh.Kepler played in nine April games, hitting .167 before being sent back to Triple-A. He was recalled on June 1 and has 38 RBI in his past 49 games. Kepler has eight home runs in 22 July games.I like how hes making adjustments to how hes being pitched, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. People try to tie him up inside. He got a little cutter in there that was fairly in there pretty good, but he pulled his hands through and was able to hit the ball out of the park. Hes doing well overall.For his first go round here, were just looking for continued improvement.Minnesotas Ryan Pressly (5-5) combined with two other relievers to allow just two hits the final three innings.Keplers work negated an effective spot start by Jimenez, who allowed one run and five hits and struck out eight in his first appearance since a 1-1/3 inning start on July 8. Jimenez had been in a bit of limbo with the Orioles since being ousted from the starting rotation with a 7.38 ERA.Baltimore kept Jimenez off the mound in games, though. He nnever pitched out of the bullpen but did spend three days on the paternity leave list.ddddddddddddIts been a long time since I faced hitters; it felt great to be out there and be with my teammates, Jimenez said.Adam Jones homered on the first pitch of the game for the Orioles, who head to play the Blue Jays with a 1 1/2 game lead over Toronto in the AL East.We thought tonight was a big game, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. Well think tomorrow, well think the day after that and the day after that and the day after that. .. Im just proud that people deem it important to beat us. We think every game is important.PLAYS AT THE PLATEMinnesota was able to keep the game close in the fourth by throwing two runners out at the plate. Chris Davis singled and Mark Trumbo doubled to open the inning.Davis was thrown out trying to score from third when Eduardo Escobar fielded a grounder from Jonathan Schoop and threw to catcher Juan Centeno. Pedro Alvarez followed with a single to right, but Kepler threw home to get Trumbo for his fifth assist in 58 games.ROSTER MOVETo replace Nunez on the active roster, the Twins recalled infielder Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.In three previous stints in Minnesota this season, Polanco hit .231 with three doubles, a home run and four RBI in 13 games. He was hitting .276 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 75 games for Rochester.Interim general manager Rob Antony said Escobar will likely get the first chance to take Nunezs spot at shortstop.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: 3B Trevor Plouffe (fractured left rib) took batting practice on Thursday. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Plouffe could possibly start a rehab assignment on Friday.UP NEXTOrioles: Baltimore follows its one-game stop in Minnesota with RHP Kevin Gausman (2-7, 3.77 ERA) taking the mound. Gausman earned just his second win in 17 starts in beating Cleveland in his last outing with seven scoreless innings. The Blue Jays will start RHP Marco Estrada (5-4, 2.94).Twins: RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.40) opens the weekend home series against the Chicago White Sox, who counter with LHP Jose Quintana (8-8, 2.97). Nolasco is coming off his shortest start of the season when he allowed six runs and six hits in two innings against Boston. 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