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A look at what’s happening around the majors today
UNDATED (AP) – There’s quite a pitching matchup at Nationals Park for the series finale between Washington and Cincinnati: Stephen Strasburg vs. Trevor Bauer, two righties who are among the top strikeout artists in the majors this season.
For Bauer, it’s his third appearance for the Reds since arriving from the Indians. Strasburg leads the NL in wins at 14-5 with a 3.72 ERA. He’s also 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA in his past four starts against the Reds.
Elsewhere in the majors Wednesday:
– Cubs lefty Cole Hamels is set to pitch at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since the Phillies traded him to Texas in July 2015. Hamels spent 10 seasons with Philadelphia and was the MVP of the 2008 World Series and NL Championship Series. The 35-year-old Hamels starts for Chicago against Aaron Nola in a matchup of playoff contenders.
– The Baltimore Orioles face the Yankees for the final time this year. No doubt, the Birds have seen too much of Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela and the Bronx Bombers. New York has beaten the O’s in 15 straight games this year and is 16-2 against them overall. Boosted by 13 drives from Torres, the Yankees have hit a single-season record 60 home runs off Baltimore pitching and outscored the Orioles 145-78. Dylan Bundy gets the Orioles’ last chance to stop the onslaught when he starts at Yankee Stadium.
– Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who has won his past three starts, is scheduled to pitch at Miami. He was originally scheduled to go Tuesday, but the Dodgers decided to give him an extra day of rest. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner is only 5-5 in 12 starts against Miami. The Marlins will go with Elieser Hernandez, who pitched six shutout innings against the Braves last Thursday.
– Red Sox lefty Brian Johnson will start on regular rest after Boston manager Alex Cora used scheduled starter Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAHL’-dee) in the eighth. The Indians will throw righty Shane Bieber, who makes his team-high 25th start.
– A two-game series in Milwaukee ends with Twins righty Kyle Gibson facing Brewers lefty Gio Gonzalez. It is one of 13 MLB games being broadcast on YouTube during the second half of the season.
– Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray makes his fifth start this season against Colorado. The Rockies will counter with lefty Kyle Freeland.
– Rays lefty Jalen Beeks is scheduled to start the series finale this afternoon. The Padres will throw Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill, who is scheduled to make his 12th start and 17 appearance of the season.
– Homer Bailey takes the mound for the A’s opposite Tyler Beede for the Giants as the clubs conclude a quick two-game series before meeting in the second installment of the Bay Bridge Series from Aug. 24-25 in Oakland.
– Steven Matz will take the mound for the Mets in the second game of a series at Atlanta, facing Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) in a matchup of left-handers. Keuchel was roughed up by Miami in his last start, giving up eight runs, 10 hits and three homers in 3 2/3 innings.
– The Cardinals send Dakota Hudson to the mound to face fellow right-hander Brad Keller for the Royals as the clubs wrap up their two-game set in Kansas City.
– Rangers lefty Kolby Allard will make his second start of the season in the series finale in Toronto. Blue Jays will throw righty Sean Reid-Foley, who has allowed two earned runs over 14 innings since rejoining the rotation July 30.
– Astros lefty Wade Miley faces Ross Detwiler of the White Sox in their series finale in Chicago. Miley has wins in five straight decisions with a 2.11 ERA in an seven-game span, and has won three straight starts.
– The Tigers host the Mariners for the second game of a three-game series, with Detroit’s Edwin Jackson making his second start since returning to the Tigers. Marco Gonzalez is scheduled to pitch for Seattle.
– Pirates right-hander Chris Archer has gone 11 starts without a victory, the longest winless stretch in his eight-year career. He’ll face Angels lefty Dillon Peters, who has thrown 13 2/3 innings over his past two appearances, the longest outing during a two-game span in his three-year career.
A look at the news today in the MLB
UNDATED (AP) – A familiar face is returning to the Phillies dugout – former manager Charlie Manuel, now the team’s new hitting coach.
The 75-year-old Manuel was set to join the club a day after he was hired Tuesday to replace John Mallee. Manuel had been working as senior adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.
Manuel is taking over the post for the rest of the season. He led Philadelphia to five straight division titles, two NL pennants and the franchise’s second World Series championship, in 2008.
The Phillies went into their series against the Cubs this week ranked 19th in the majors in runs, 24th in batting average and 23rd in home runs.
In other MLB news:
– The Nationals have tried and tried to find the right mix in the bullpen, and might be ready to give Greg Holland a chance. The 33-year-old Holland has reached agreement with the Nats on a minor league contract, pending a physical. The three-time All-Star was designated for assignment by Arizona last week. He was 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA and 17 saves in 22 chances this season and lost the job as the Diamondbacks’ closer after a blown save in late July. Washington is leading the NL wild-card race even though its bullpen has been a problem throughout this year, particularly in the eighth inning. Its 6.05 ERA entering Tuesday was the worst in the NL. Among the pitchers the Nats have added during the season are Fernando Rodney, Jonny Venters and three trade-deadline pickups: Daniel Hudson, Hunter Strickland and Roenis Elias, who is currently on the injured list.
Sports Illustrated: Univ. of Georgia mascot is best ever
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Sports Illustrated is celebrating college football’s 150th season by ranking the top 10 all-time greatest mascots, putting the University of Georgia’s bulldog in first place.
The magazine includes both real and costumed mascots in this week’s edition. Following Uga is the Duck at the University of Oregon, Mike the tiger at Louisiana State University, Bevo the longhorn bull at the University of Texas and Stanford University’s Tree.
The University of Colorado’s 1,200-pound live buffalo named Ralphie, University of South Carolina’s costumed gamecock named Cocky, Western Kentucky University’s Big Red, Syracuse University’s orange named Otto and University of Tennessee’s bluetick coonhound named Smokey closed the list.
The latest Uga is the 10th iteration of the mascot, which the magazine says has been a staple since 1956.