Update on the latest in sports:
Denver vs Atlanta at Canton, Ohio
CANTON, Ohio (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons open the NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game against the Denver Broncos tonight. It’s the first preseason game, which means most starters get to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, then watch the younger players go at it. So if you’re looking for any likely regulars on the field tonight, focus on the offensive lines.
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
UNDATED (AP) – Cleveland starter Danny Salazar makes his first big league appearance since the 2017 playoffs when the Indians host Houston in the rubber match of a three-game series between AL pennant contenders. Salazar, an All-Star in 2016, missed last season because of arm trouble and had shoulder surgery. All-Star Gerrit Cole looks to continue his dominant stretch for the Astros. He’s 7-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 11 starts since June 1, piling up 100 strikeouts in 72 innings.
Elsewhere around the majors:
– After combining for all of five runs over the past two days, the Cubs and Cardinals decide their three-game set in St. Louis. The longtime rivals are tied for first place in the NL Central at 57-50 after Kyle Hendricks pitched Chicago to a 2-0 victory Wednesday night. Jon Lester starts the series finale for the Cubs against Jack Flaherty, who has permitted two runs or less in each of his last four outings.
– Still with the Mets, right-hander Zack Wheeler starts in Chicago as they try to extend their longest winning streak since April 2018 to seven games. Hoping this recent surge leads to a legitimate playoff push, New York held onto Wheeler and several other trade candidates at Wednesday’s deadline. Wheeler, who can become a free agent after the season, beat Pittsburgh last time out after returning from the injured list. Rookie right-hander Dylan Cease pitches for the White Sox in the series finale.
– Twins right-hander Michael Pineda will pitch the series finale at Miami, looking to stay hot with a 3-2 record and 2.87 ERA over his last eight starts. The Marlins will throw right-hander Jordan Yamamoto.
– Braves left-hander Max Fried aims for his third straight victory as Atlanta opens a four-game home series against Cincinnati. Anthony DeSclafani throws for the Reds. Trevor Bauer is expected to join the Reds there, although he hasn’t yet been slotted into the rotation.
– Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw will start against San Diego to open a 10-game, 11-day homestand for Los Angeles.
– In other Major League action, San Francisco is up against the Phillies in Philadelphia, Milwaukee takes on the Athletics in Oakland, Toronto travels to Baltimore, and Tampa Bay is in Boston.
Players report to new teams
UNDATED (AP) – Following a flurry of deals just before Wednesday’s trade deadline, players all over the majors will be joining their new teams. Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) to the Astros, Shane Greene to the Braves and Nicholas Castellanos (kah-stay-AH’-nohs) to the Cubs, all were among the notable names who got moved on a dizzying day that featured two dozen trades. But perhaps most surprising was the fact the AL East-leading Yankees – and World Series champion Red Sox – didn’t make any additions to their major league rosters.
In other MLB news:
– The Pirates and Reds are waiting to hear about probable suspensions from Major League Baseball following Tuesday’s brawl between the teams. Cincinnati manager David Bell certainly faces discipline for coming back onto the field an inning after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, and seven other players and coaches were thrown out of the game.