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August 6, 2019
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August 6, 2019
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Update on the latest in sports:




A look at what’s happening around the majors today:


UNDATED (AP) – Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) makes his Houston debut, joining an Astros rotation that is on quite a roll. The former Arizona ace was traded from the Diamondbacks last Wednesday for four prospects to boost Houston’s rotation behind Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Right-hander German Marquez takes the mound for the Rockies.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– The Yankees have hit 32 home runs at Camden Yards this year, the most by a visiting team at any stadium in a single season. The Yankees’ whopping total has come in only eight games. Baltimore has yielded the most home runs in the majors. Tonight, Jonathan Holder will make his first start of the year for the Yankees while the Orioles will throw Rookie Asher Wojciechowski (woh-jih-KOW’-skee).


– Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) starts for the Braves tonight after being called up from the minors. Foltynewicz will take the place of Kevin Gausman, who was claimed on waivers by Cincinnati. He’ll throw against the Twins’ Jake Odorizzi (oh-dah-REE’-zee), who starts his first home game against a National League team when Atlanta visits for a three-game set.


– Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET’-uh) pitches for the Phillies in a matchup of NL wild-card contenders against the Diamondbacks in Arizona tonight. Arrieta was forced to leave his previous outing in the fifth inning because of nagging bone spurs in his right elbow. Mike Leake makes his first start since the Diamondbacks got him last week in a trade with Seattle.


– Right-hander Anibal Sanchez will start for the Nationals against the Giants in San Francisco tonight. Sanchez has a 2.05 ERA over seven previous starts against the Giants. He’ll throw against Giants left-hander Conner Menez. This will be Menez’s second career appearance; he started and struck out six over five innings against the Mets on July 21.


– The White Sox and the Tigers continue a four-game series with a day-night doubleheader today. Detroit’s Daniel Norris faces Dylan Cease in the first game, with the White Sox expected to bring up Hector Santiago to face Drew VerHagen in the nightcap.


– The Brewers’ right-hander Chase Anderson will look to allow fewer than three runs in a ninth straight game when he faces Pittsburgh tonight. The Pirates’ left-hander Steven Brault will pitch for the first time in more than a month when he takes the mound. After allowing one run on three hits in four innings against Milwaukee on July 5, Brault was placed on the injured list with a shoulder strain.


– Right-hander Zack Wheeler starts for the Mets tonight against the Marlins right-hander Jordan Yamamoto.


– Jakob Junis (JAY’-kuhb JOO’-nihs) is slated to start for the Kansas City Royals. He’s pitched at least six innings in 11 of his last 14 starts. Andrew Cashner starts for Boston and is looking to set a career high in wins.


– Angels lefthander Jose Suarez makes his first career appearance against a National League team when he starts for the Angels tonight against the Reds. And, his first plate appearance will be the first of his professional career.


– Ariel Jurado will start for the Rangers after six days of rest for his first career outing against Cleveland. Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) starts for the Indians. He is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA at home.


– Toronto’s Trent Thornton will make his third start against the Rays in the second game of the three-game series tonight. Tampa Bay will open with Andrew Kittredge.


– Lefthanders Brett Anderson and Jon Lester will throw against each other tonight. Anderson has dropped his last two starts for Oakland. Lester is 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 11 starts at home this year for the Cubs.


– Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers tonight and has 118 strikeouts in 111 1/3 career innings against the Cardinals. St. Louis will counter with Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las), who hasn’t pitched at Dodger Stadium since 2012.


– After a day off, Dinelson Lamet makes his sixth start for the Padres in his comeback season when they visit Seattle tonight. Seattle also had a day off and will use an opener to start the first of two games against San Diego.




Bills cornerback EJ Gaines sidelined with groin injury


PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Bills cornerback EJ Gaines is out indefinitely with a groin injury. Coach Sean McDermott didn’t reveal the severity of the injury. But he says Gaines is expected to miss a number of weeks. Gaines returned to Buffalo in free agency in March after spending last season with Cleveland. He was limited to playing just six games with the Browns before sustaining a season-ending concussion.


Buffalo also shuffled its offensive line by placing LaAdrian Waddle on injured reserve, and signing Jarron Jones.
Waddle is out after tearing his right quadriceps in practice Sunday.


Jarron Jones has yet to appear in an NFL game and is now on his seventh team since completing his college career at Notre Dame in 2016.




Cephus says returning to school top priority following trial


MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Former Wisconsin Badgers football player Quintez Cephus says going back to school is his top priority after a jury found him not guilty last week of sexual assault charges.


The wide receiver says that he doesn’t know if he will return to the University of Wisconsin.


The 21-year-old from Macon, Georgia, was suspended from the football team last summer and expelled from UW last semester after being accused of sexually assaulting two women. A jury found him not guilty last Friday.


Cephus says his lawyers will work with UW officials to “to clean up my record” so he can return to school.


Cephus also says he plans on playing football again and that he is in the best shape of his life.



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