Update on the latest sports
Rain gives Marlins-Mets a doubleheader
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Mets and Miami Marlins have a single-admission doubleheader Thursday after rain canceled a planned doubleheader Wednesday.
The teams were set to play a single-admission doubleheader Wednesday to make up Monday’s rainout. But the nightcap was pushed to Thursday after Wednesday’s first game was delayed by rain for 5 hours, 35 minutes. It ended early Thursday morning with a 13-0 win by the Mets.
Neither team announced pitching plans for Thursday. Marlins right-hander Jeff Brigham and Mets left-hander Jason Vargas were supposed to pitch Wednesday’s nightcap. Miami rookie righty Sandy Alcantara had been set to face Mets lefty Steven Matz on Thursday before the doubleheader shift.
Elsewhere on the Thursday schedule:
– The Diamondbacks and Rockies wrap up a pivotal four-game series Thursday afternoon in Colorado. Both teams are chasing the NL West title. Colorado leads the division by 1 1/2 games over the Dodgers, while Arizona is 3 1/2 back. Clay Buchholz makes his first career start at Coors Field against Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland, who is 8-2 at home this season.
– The NL Central-leading Cubs have a one-day pit stop in Washington to make up Sunday’s rainout. They’re not happy about breaking up their homestand and losing a scheduled day off, because it means going 30 straight days without one. Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery faces right-hander Joe Ross, who makes his season debut for a Nationals team that’s won five straight.
– The surging Athletics go for a three-game sweep of the Orioles, the worst team in the majors. Oakland embarrassed Baltimore 10-0 last night to improve to an AL-best 34-15 since the All-Star break and close within a game of the New York Yankees for the first AL wild card. The A’s have won six straight overall and are 5-0 against the Orioles this season. Baltimore has lost six in a row to fall to 41-104, the eighth time this season the Orioles have dropped at least six consecutive games.
– The Dodgers start a four-game series at St. Louis trailing the Cardinals by two games for the second NL wild card. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw faces rookie left-hander Austin Gomber.
Ravens, Bengals back together after last season’s thriller
CINCINNATI (AP) – The Cincinnati Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL’s Thursday night game.
Their last meeting was in Baltimore in the final game of last season, when Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton completed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left. The Bengals’ 31-27 victory kept Baltimore out of the playoffs.
The Ravens opened this season with a blowout win over the Buffalo Bills, while the Bengals beat the Indianapolis Colts.
US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) – Serena Williams isn’t getting much support from the men on the United States’ Davis Cup team over her insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final.
Then again, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison are trying their best to stay out of the debate since Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Williams, is also handling their best-of-five semifinal series against Croatia this weekend.
U.S. captain Jim Courier tells The Associated Press “it’s been polarized and in some ways politicized. But we have no doubt that Carlos was just enforcing the rules as he sees them.”
Williams was given three code violations by Ramos in the straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, and Williams and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she wasn’t treated the same as some male players.