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September 19, 2018
Wade Herbert Blevins
September 19, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:




Red Sox try again to clinch


UNDATED (AP) – The Red Sox try again to wrap up the AL East, which they can do with a win at Yankee Stadium. Boston missed a chance to clinch Tuesday night when it lost 3-2 in the Bronx. Left-hander David Price faces struggling New York ace Luis Severino. Price is 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, while Severino has a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts over that same span.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Locked in a tight race for the NL West title, the Rockies and Dodgers meet for the final time in the regular season. Los Angeles leads by 1 1/2 games and will go for a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium when rookie Walker Buehler pitches against Tyler Anderson. Colorado could be without slugger Trevor Story again after the All-Star shortstop hurt his right elbow Monday night. Tests showed inflammation but no structural damage, and the Rockies hope Story can return to the lineup in a few days. Story this year became the first shortstop in major league history with at least 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 25 steals in a season.


– Gio Gonzalez celebrates his 33rd birthday with his third start for Milwaukee since being acquired from Washington on Aug. 31. Gonzalez is 1-0 with the Brewers, allowing three earned runs in 10 1/3 innings after going 7-11 with the Nationals. The Reds are pitching Matt Harvey, whom the Brewers had tried to acquire in August. Harvey, obtained in May from the Mets, is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in his last seven starts. His 26 starts are his most since 2015.


– Left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who has won his last two decisions, will start for the Astros when their series against the Mariners concludes today. Seattle Manager Scott Servais is planning a bullpen game.


– The always playful Phillie Phanatic might be in revenge mode when Mets star Noah Syndergaard starts at Citizens Bank Park. Syndergaard swiped the Phanatic’s four-wheeler before Tuesday night’s game and drove around the outfield as the mascot chased him on foot. Syndergaard, who has won three straight starts, faces Zach Eflin.




Cubs shut down closer


CHICAGO (AP) – As they pursue a third consecutive NL Central crown, the ninth inning is getting more and more complicated for the Chicago Cubs. The team announced Tuesday that closer Brandon Morrow will be shut down for the rest of the year because of an injured right elbow that’s been slow to heal. Morrow, who leads the Cubs with 22 saves, has been on the disabled list since July 19. Chicago is without its two relievers with the most saves – Pedro Strop has 13 and is out with a hamstring injury. The club hopes he’s ready for the postseason. For now, the Cubs will go with a closer-by-committee.




Fans find Red Sox division title banner in the street


SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year’s American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled.


Friends Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and Randy Baldasarri tell WFXT-TV they were out for coffee in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Monday morning when they spotted something in the road.


As they peeled off the brown paper wrapping, they thought it was jerseys. The men, all Red Sox fans, were stunned to find out it was the American League East division title banner.


A Red Sox spokesman tells the station the banner apparently fell off a vendor’s delivery truck.


The team planned to send a courier to retrieve the banner Wednesday.




Eagles bring back receiver Jordan Matthews


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Jordan Matthews and placed Mike Wallace on injured reserve.


Matthews played his first three seasons with the Eagles before he was traded to Buffalo in August 2017. He signed with the Patriots in April but was released during training camp.

A 2014 second-round pick from Vanderbilt, Matthews averaged 75 receptions, 891 yards and six touchdowns per season in Philadelphia. He had 25 catches for 282 yards and one TD in 10 games for Buffalo.




US Open champ dominant on return to action in Japan


TOKYO (AP) – U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka made a winning return to action in her homeland on Wednesday, overpowering Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.


Playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Open, third-seeded Osaka was in control from the outset, breaking Cibulkova in the first game at a sold-out Tachikawa Arena in Tokyo.


The local favorite raced out to a 4-0 lead before Cibulkova finally held serve to win her first game. Osaka hit three aces to close out the first set.




Nadal to skip tournaments in Asia because of bad knee


MADRID (AP) – Rafael Nadal says he will not play in upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai because of an injured right knee.


Nadal says he and his team decided to skip the Asia swing to recover.


The top-ranked Spaniard retired in the semifinals of the U.S. Open this month because of the knee problem. He had dropped the opening two sets against Juan Martin del Potro when he retired.



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