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Update on the latest in sports:




Red Sox can clinch


UNDATED (AP) – The Red Sox can clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium with a single win during their three-game series that begins tonight. In 2016, Boston locked up the division while playing on the home field of its archrival. Ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi pitches against J.A. Happ in a matchup of veterans traded this summer.


The game was initially scheduled for this afternoon, but the start time has been pushed back to 7:05 p.m. because rain was in the forecast throughout the afternoon.


The Bosox will see how star outfielder Mookie Betts is feeling. He exited their last game after hurting his side making a throw home. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge moved closer to returning from a broken wrist when had 11 at-bats in a simulated game Monday.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– The showdown for first place in the NL West continues when Kyle Freeland starts for Colorado against Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw beat the Rockies at Coors Field on Sept. 7; the next day, Freeland downed the Dodgers. It’s unclear whether Trevor Story will be available for Colorado after the All-Star shortstop injured his right elbow in an 8-2 loss Monday night that knocked his team out of playoff position. Story tweaked his elbow on a throw in the first inning and aggravated it on a swing in the fourth before leaving the game.


– Rays ace Blake Snell tries for his major league-leading 20th win when he starts at Texas. The 25-year-old Snell has won his last seven outings and 11 of his past 12 decisions. David Price is the only Tampa Bay pitcher to post a 20-win season, going 20-and-5 in 2012.


– Christian Yelich gets another chance to tear up the Cincinnati Reds. Yelich became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in one season against the same team Monday night, driving in four runs for the NL wild card-leading Brewers in their 8-0 victory over the Reds. He also singled, doubled, tripled and homered when he went 6 for 6 on Aug. 29 at Cincinnati, making him only the third player since 1900 to accomplish the feat twice in one year.




Stephens eliminated in first round


TOKYO (AP) – Fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens has been eliminated from the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo by Donna Vekic. The 2017 U.S. Open champion also lost to the unseeded Croat in the first round at Wimbledon.


Caroline Wozniacki is the top-seeded player at the tournament and Caroline Garcia is No. 2. Both had byes in the first round. Third-seeded Naomi Osaka, who won the U.S. Open just over a week ago, also had a bye.



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