Update on the latest in sports:
Third try for the Red Sox
UNDATED (AP) – For the third night in a row, the Red Sox attempt to clinch the AL East championship at Yankee Stadium. Boston entered the three-game set needing one victory over rival New York to secure its third consecutive division crown. But the Yankees have put the party on hold with two wins, including a 10-1 rout Wednesday night. Eduardo Rodriguez pitches the series finale for the Red Sox against Masahiro Tanaka, who has a 2.09 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break. Rodriguez has allowed one run or fewer in five of his past six starts. New York has 245 home runs this season, matching the franchise record set in 2012.
In other big-league action:
– Trailing the first-place Braves by 5 1/2 games in the NL East, the Philadelphia Phillies begin a four-game series at Atlanta. Seven of Philadelphia’s final 11 games are against the Braves, so the Phillies say they still feel they have a realistic chance to catch up. Vince Velasquez pitches the opener for Philadelphia against Kevin Gausman, who is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts at SunTrust Park. Velasquez is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA in his past seven starts. Atlanta’s magic number is six over the Phillies to clinch its first division title since 2013.
– Seeking his third straight NL Cy Young Award, and his 18th victory this year, Max Scherzer is on the mound when the Washington Nationals host the Mets. That means his main competition, New York ace Jacob deGrom, will be watching from the opposing dugout.
– Time is running out for the late-surging Rays, but they keep on winning. Tampa Bay goes for its sixth consecutive victory when the team opens its final road series of the season with the first of four games at Toronto. The surprising Rays have won 14 of 17 in September and trail Oakland by 5 1/2 games for the second AL wild card with 11 remaining.
WADA reinstates Russia
VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) – The World Anti-Doping Agency has reinstated Russia, ending a nearly three-year suspension caused by state-sponsored doping.
WADA says its 12-member executive committee voted to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency “subject to strict conditions.”
WADA’s move came despite a wave of fierce criticism from anti-doping figures – some within WADA itself – and from athletes around the world opposed to Russia being reinstated without taking full responsibility for what has been labeled systematic doping.
Russia still hasn’t admitted state involvement or given access to evidence at its discredited Moscow laboratory – two key conditions for reinstatement set by WADA but eased in recent months.
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency was suspended in November 2015 after it was revealed there was a government-backed scheme of doping and cover-ups that helped Russian athletes win Olympic medals.