Update on the latest in sports:
More rainouts possible as strong hurricane approaches
UNDATED (AP) – As Hurricane Florence menaces the East Coast, more games could be in jeopardy. There were rainouts Monday night in Philadelphia, where Nationals star Bryce Harper joined a grounds crew that used blow torches trying to get the field dry, and in New York – there have been 51 weather-related postponements this season after a total of 39 last year. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled for a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, the Marlins visit the Mets and Baltimore hosts Oakland.
Among the games on the schedule tonight:
Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin and Cubs lefty Jose Quintana square off again. Quintana beat Chacin in their previous matchup, pitching two-run ball into the seventh inning of Chicago’s 6-4 victory last Wednesday. Quintana is 5-2 with a 1.78 ERA in nine career starts against Milwaukee. The Brewers have won four straight, and the Cubs have lost three in a row — and that’s brought the Brewers to within a game of the National League Central leaders. They are tied in the win column, with 83 wins apiece.
– Red Sox ace Chris Sale is ready to come off the disabled list and start against Toronto at Fenway Park. Boston manager Alex Cora says the left-hander will be eased back into action, going about two innings and throwing a maximum of 40 pitches for the AL East leaders. Sale originally went on the DL on July 31 with mild left shoulder inflammation, returned to pitch five dominant innings vs. Baltimore on Aug. 12, then went back on the DL. He is 12-4 with a 1.97 ERA and has struck out 219 in just 146 innings.
– Former AL MVP Josh Donaldson is set to debut with Cleveland in his first big league game since May 28. The third baseman, who was traded from Toronto to the AL Central-leading Indians on Aug. 31, has been out most of the season because of a strained left calf. He recently played in four Triple-A rehab games, and is lined up to start at Tampa Bay.
– To provide extra rest for Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, New York’s Sonny Gray is scheduled for a spot start. Removed from the rotation in early August, Gray tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his last spot start, on Aug. 25 in Baltimore. Minnesota will send Tyler Duffey to the mound for his first start of the season.
– Major League Baseball will hold a moment of silence before all games to honor the victims and first responders of 9/11. Players, coaches and umpires will wear caps with a “We Shall Not Forget” ribbon patch. During batting practice before the Miami-Mets game at Citi Field, New York players will wear caps of the five agencies that took part in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site: New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York, Port Authority Police Department, New York City Office of Emergency Management and the City of New York Department of Sanitation.
In other action, the Houston Astros carry a three-game lead in the AL West into tonight’s game against the Tigers in Detroit. The Dodgers, who are a game and a-half back of Colorado in the N-L West, are at Cincinnati, while the Rockies host the Diamondbacks. The Cardinals look to hang onto the second N-L wild card spot as they host the Pirates. The N-L East-leading Braves are at San Francisco. The White Sox play the Royals at Kansas City, the Angels host the Texas Rangers, and the San Diego Padres play at Seattle.