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September 21, 2018
Kenneth Vaughn Cooper
September 24, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:




Playoff preview in Cleveland


CLEVELAND (AP) – Trevor Bauer returns to the mound for AL Central champion Cleveland when the Indians host Boston in a potential playoff preview.


Bauer has been sidelined with a broken right leg since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu on Aug. 11. The right-hander was diagnosed with a stress fracture of his fibula.


Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will go a “couple of innings” and then throw in the bullpen to increase his pitch count.


In other action:


– The Yankees’ CC Sabathia pitches at home against rookie Yefry Ramirez and the last-place Orioles. Sabathia was tagged for five runs and seven hits over 2 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to Toronto. He has one win in his last 11 starts.


– Jacob deGrom continues his bid for a possible Cy Young Award in Washington as a four-game series between the Mets and Nationals continues. DeGrom is 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA lifetime at Nationals Park. For Washington, Joe Ross makes his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.


– The Atlanta Braves can clinch the N-L East title by winning two of their remaining three games against the Phillies this weekend. Julio Tehran is on the mound for the Braves in the Friday night game, while Nick Pivetta starts for Philadelphia.




Osaka advances


TOKYO (AP) – U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka advanced to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open by beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.


The third-seeded Osaka converted all three of her break points and won 80 percent of points on her first serve.


Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she upset 23-time major champion Serena Williams in New York.



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