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Darvish looks for 1st win at Wrigley, Bailey debuts for Oakland


UNDATED (AP) – Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish faces Sonny Gray and the Reds Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game series between NL Central foes.


Darvish, who has 13 no-decisions in 19 starts this season, is still looking for his first win at Wrigley Field since signing with Chicago last year. Gray will be making his first career appearance at the iconic ballpark.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Homer Bailey makes his Oakland Athletics debut against last-place Seattle after being acquired from Kansas City in a trade Sunday. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA in his last six starts, his longest winning streak since four consecutive victories in 2014 for Cincinnati. Oakland has won five in a row to move within 4 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Astros, matching their smallest advantage since May 9.


– The grieving Angels go for their sixth consecutive victory since the All-Star break when they host Houston again tonight. Los Angeles has won eight of 11 since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs and moved four games above .500 for the first time since June 2018. Star outfielder Mike Trout hopes to return to the lineup after missing the past two games with a mildly strained right calf. All-Star righty Gerrit Cole pitches for the Astros against an opener and Felix Pena, who threw the final seven innings of the Angels’ combined no-hitter last week.


– One night after the latest surly clash between Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) and the Tampa Bay Rays, the AL East rivals meet again in the Bronx. Yonny Chirinos faces New York right-hander Domingo German in the third game of a four-game set. Benches cleared amid a shouting match between Sabathia and Avisail Garcia during the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s 8-3 win by the Yankees.


– Indians ace Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) is scheduled to throw 20 fastballs in his first bullpen session since breaking his right arm when he was struck by a line drive May 1. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is on the 60-day injured list. Cleveland manager Terry Francona calls the session “a big step,” but cautions that Kluber is still weeks from potentially beginning a minor league rehab assignment.


– The St. Louis Cardinals will be minus Matt Carpenter for a while after the infielder was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a bruised right foot. Carpenter fouled a pitch off the top of his foot Monday night and left the game. The team said X-rays were negative. Carpenter is the seventh Cardinals player on the injured list. He was just activated last Thursday after being sidelined since June 29 with a lower back strain.




McIlroy knows this is not just another British Open


PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) – Rory McIlroy wants to treat this week just like any other British Open.


He also knows better.


The 148th Open is the first in his native Northern Ireland in 68 years, and McIlroy is the betting favorite to capture the claret jug and end his five-year drought in the majors. He has played only one practice round this week on a Royal Portrush links he knows well. He says he doesn’t consider himself the center of attention.


He also says it will be a mistake to ignore all that’s going on around him. His mantra is to look around and soak it all in, recognize how big this is for his country and to remind himself that the British Open at Royal Portrush is bigger than him.




It’s Alabama’s turn at SEC media days with Saban and Tua


HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – It’s Alabama’s turn at Southeastern Conference media days.


Nick Saban takes the stage Wednesday with his team once again favored to repeat as SEC champion. But the Crimson Tide also wants to atone for how last season ended.


Alabama took the most lopsided defeat of Saban’s tenure after absorbing a 44-16 drubbing from Clemson in the national championship game.
This team returns plenty of offensive firepower. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was the Heisman Trophy runner-up, and Jerry Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver.


Both Tagovailoa and Jeudy will be on hand at media days, along with linebacker Dylan Moses.


Alabama will be followed by Arkansas coach Chad Morris, Mississippi State’s Joe Moorhead and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, along with a few of their top players.



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