Update on the latest in sports:
Rockies will face relievers
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Brewers will begin their NL Division Series against the Rockies with a bullpen game at Miller Park. Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday he had not decided on the order of his relievers. The group will almost certainly include All-Star left-hander Josh Hader, though Colorado will have a tough test start to finish – Milwaukee led the majors with a 1.98 bullpen ERA in September.
Colorado counters with Antonio Senzatela, a right-hander who is 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 23 games, including 13 starts. It will be the postseason debut for the 23-year-old.
Braves and Dodgers in opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Braves and Dodgers open their NLDS in Los Angeles, and Atlanta has a chance to jump ahead before facing Clayton Kershaw in Game 2. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to hold back his ace left-hander and will instead start Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 1. The left-handed Ryu was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts this season.
Mike Foltynewicz is up for the Braves. The hard-throwing right-hander put it all together this season, posting career bests with a 2.85 ERA over 183 innings.
Yankees head to Boston
BOSTON (AP) – The Yankees are headed up to Fenway Park ahead of their AL Division Series opener against the Red Sox on Friday night. It’s the first time New York and Boston will clash in the postseason since the 2004 AL Championship Series. The Yankees beat the Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game to set up the AL East showdown.
Francona still considering 25th spot on roster
HOUSTON (AP) – Indians manager Terry Francona has one spot left on his 25-man roster for the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros. It will either go to Rajai Davis or utility infielder Erik Gonzalez. The Indians will open the ALDS in Houston on Friday and Francona must submit his roster to Major League Baseball by 10 a.m. that morning for the best-of-five series.
GOLF-DUNHILL LINKS-SPECTATOR INJURED
Spectator struck on head at Dunhill Links
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – A spectator has been struck on the head by a golf ball at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, less than a week after a similar incident at the Ryder Cup left a woman potentially losing vision in her right eye.
The female spectator was pictured bleeding from a head wound after being hit by a tee shot from Tyrrell Hatton on the 15th hole at Kingsbarns, one of the three courses staging the Dunhill Links.
She was treated on the course by paramedics before being taken by buggy to the medical center on site.
At the Ryder Cup outside Paris last week, a spectator was struck by a wayward tee shot by Brooks Koepka. According to French media reports, doctors say she has lost sight and she is considering legal action.
Koepka is also playing at the Dunhill Links.
Ronaldo left off Portugal squad
LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has been left off Portugal’s national team squad for a pair of upcoming matches, the decision coming as the soccer great fights rape allegations in the United States.
Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says the player assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. He has denied the accusation.
Ronaldo was left off the squad for Portugal’s second game in the UEFA Nations League at Poland on Oct. 11 and a friendly match in Glasgow against Scotland three days later. The Juventus forward also missed Portugal’s first two post-World Cup matches last month, with coach Fernando Santos saying Ronaldo had only just moved to the Italian club and was still settling down there.
Santos used the 33-year-old team captain’s absence last month to try out younger players.