Update on the latest sports:
Kershaw will have his back checked out
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will have his back checked out after he experienced tightness during his five-inning outing Thursday in a 2-1 loss to the Phillies. He is expected to undergo an MRI and will not travel with the team for this weekend’s series at Colorado.
Kershaw was making first start following a nearly month-long stint on the disabled list with left biceps tendinitis. His first pitch Thursday was a 90-mph fastball that Cesar Hernandez hit into center field for a single.
The left-hander missed more than two months with a back issue in 2016, and a separate back problem last year cost him five weeks. He called that 2016 injury “very, very severe” and said this one feels more like what he dealt with last season.
The Dodgers have gone 75-46 in the past three years without Kershaw, good for a .620 winning percentage. This year, the Dodgers were 14-12 without their ace.
2 of AL’s top starters face off in Houston
UNDATED (AP) – Two of the American League’s top starters face off when the Boston Red Sox send left-hander Chris Sale to the mound against right-hander Gerrit Cole Friday night in Houston. Sale is coming off a subpar outing, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings against Atlanta. Cole is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA over his last seven starts.
Boston might be without second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was scratched from the opener of the four-game series with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg takes the mound in Atlanta tonight when the Washington Nationals try to reclaim first place in the NL East back from the Braves. Atlanta took a half-game lead following a 4-2 win over the Nationals in the series opener. Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) will face Washington for the third time this season.
– It’s back to a bullpen day for the Tampa Bay Rays, who are scheduled to send Sergio Romo to the mound in Seattle. Primarily a reliever, Romo has been used for short stints to start games by manager Kevin Cash. Romo made four starts in a nine-day period from May 19 to 27.
– The struggling New York Mets, who have lost eight of 11, send righty Zack Wheeler to the mound at Citi Field to face the Chicago Cubs as the clubs continue their four-game series. The Mets also will be keeping close tabs on a pregame bullpen session for lefty Steven Matz. He left his last start Tuesday against Atlanta following four innings after hurting his left middle finger while swinging the bat. If all goes well, Matz could make his next scheduled start on Saturday without missing a turn. The Mets already have ace Noah Syndergaard on the DL with a strained ligament in his right index finger.
Madison Keys advances to fourth round
PARIS (AP) – U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys has reached the fourth round at the French Open for the second time in three years. The 13th-seeded American built a big lead, then barely avoided getting pushed to a third set before beating 21st-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-1, 7-6 in a matchup of powerful baseliners.
Keys will next face Mihaela Buzarnescu, who beat fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-5. The 31st-seeded Romanian with a PhD in sports science has yet to drop a set in the tournament.
In other action on Day 6, fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv) fell to 0-7 against top-50 opponents at the French Open. He lost 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Fernando Verdasco, who is ranked 35th and seeded 30th. Dimitrov, a two-time major semifinalist, has never made it to the fourth round at the French Open.
Second-seeded Alexander Zverev has made it into the tournament’s fourth round for the first time, saving match point to win 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 against 26th-seeded Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, who collided with a ball boy in the fourth set.
Nineteenth-seeded Kei Nishikori advanced with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Gilles Simon.
DraftKings, Resorts team up on sports bets
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – One of the nation’s largest daily fantasy sports companies has teamed up with an Atlantic City casino in the latest deal seeking to capitalize on the emerging legal sports betting market.
DraftKings and Resorts Casino signed a deal Friday morning to offer sports betting in New Jersey.
The pairing highlights the scramble among gambling, bookmaking and technology companies to position themselves to gain a large share of the nascent sports betting market now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for it.
The high court earlier this month allowed individual states to legalize sports betting, striking down a law that had limited it to only four states.
DraftKings says it will be ready to take bets as soon as it gets the green light from New Jersey regulators, which could be in early June.