Update on the latest in sports:
A look at what’s happening around the majors
UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees came up short trying to acquire pitching help at the trade deadline, and that’s putting more pressure on James Paxton to shake off a rough stretch. The big left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.67 ERA in his past six starts, including a loss at Fenway Park last week when he allowed seven runs in four innings.
Paxton faces the Red Sox again in the opener of a four-game home series. He’ll oppose right-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Top Dodgers pitching prospect Dustin May is expected to make his major league debut against San Diego. The 21-year-old right-hander is nicknamed Gingergaard because his flowing red hair and big-time fastball remind some of Mets ace Noah Syndergaard. May was 6-5 with a 3.38 ERA over 20 starts between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
– The Tampa Bay Rays will have a rare Friday off before starting a two-game series against Miami on Saturday at Tropicana Field. It will mark the first time in franchise history Tampa Bay has a scheduled idle Friday past the opening week of April. Under scheduling guidelines, MLB teams have some leeway regarding a day off before or after a two-game series.
– Madison Bumgarner, who had been the subject of trade speculation, starts for the Giants when they open a series at Coors Field. San Francisco and Colorado are coming off completely opposite performances last month. The Giants began July at 36-47, but finished the month at 55-53. They became the first major league team to start July at least 10 games under .500 and end with a winning mark. The Rockies, meanwhile, were 44-40 heading into July before going 6-19 – that was the worst showing by any team that went into July with a winning record since the 1888 Boston Beaneaters were 5-17.
– Jason Vargas makes his debut with the Phillies after being acquired this week from the Mets. The 36-year-old lefty has won three straight starts going into this outing in Philadelphia against the White Sox. Ivan Nova takes the mound for the White Sox.
– Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana faces off against Milwaukee right-hander Zach Davies this afternoon as the Cubs open up a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Quintana is 6-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 14 lifetime starts against the Brewers.
– The Indians’ Mike Clevinger faces the Angels Taylor Cole as Cleveland continues its nine-game homestand. Clevinger is 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in four starts at Progressive Field, striking out 40 over 23 innings.
– Right-hander Kevin Gausman starts for the Braves as he looks to bounce back from a tough start when he throws against Cincinnati’s left-hander Alex Wood. Gausman went six innings in his last appearance at Philadelphia, surrendering six runs on nine hits in a 9-4 loss. Wood will be making his second start for the Reds after missing much of the season with an injured back.
– Twins left-hander Martin Perez is scheduled to start when Minnesota opens a 10-game homestand against the Royals. After an open date Thursday, Kansas City will open its 10-game trip with right-hander Glenn Sparkman.
– Astros left-hander Wade Miley takes on Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi in the opener of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. Miley has gone eight starts without a loss, posting three wins and a 2.57 ERA since June 17.
Jaguars rookie TE Oliver has ‘significant’ hamstring injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jacksonville Jaguars rookie tight end Josh Oliver has a “significant” hamstring injury that could cause him to miss the regular-season opener. Oliver strained his right hamstring during practice Thursday. Coach Doug Marrone revealed the extent of the injury after tests.
Oliver was a third-round draft pick from San Jose State.
The Jaguars are counting on the 6-foot-5 Oliver to bolster the passing game, hoping he creates mismatches for defenses and gives new quarterback Nick Foles a bigger target near the end zone.
Free-agent signee Geoff Swaim and James O’Shaughnessy likely will get more work while Oliver is sidelined.