Update on the latest in sports:
A look at what’s happening around the majors today
UNDATED (AP) – The Mets are back on a roll, and it’s a well-timed one with a string of playoff contenders on the schedule. The club is now 25-10 since the All-Star break.
Marcus Stroman (STROH’-muhn) is slated to make his fourth start tonight as the Mets continue their series against the Indians. Adam Plutko starts for Cleveland.
After finishing the three-game series with the Indians tomorrow, the Mets will host the Braves and the Cubs for three games each, then face the Phillies twice with the Nationals sandwiched in between.
Indians ace Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) has been shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain, an injury he sustained during his comeback from a broken arm. The Indians said the two-time Cy Young winner will not throw for two weeks before he’s re-examined and a plan is formulated. The right-hander still hopes to be part of Cleveland’s playoff push.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Astros ace Justin Verlander is set to pitch against former teammate Miguel Cabrera tonight for the first time in his career. The two played together on the Tigers for parts of 10 seasons, but they’ve never squared off for a regular season at-bat. Verlander has faced Detroit three times since being traded away late in the 2017 season, but Cabrera was out of the lineup for all three of those meetings.
– The Padres will go with an opener this afternoon when they continue their series against Cincinnati. Luis Castillo will start for the Reds. Castillo set single-game career highs by allowing nine hits, eight runs and three home runs in his last start last Friday.
– Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE’-toh) of the White Sox and the Twins’ Jake Odorizzi (oh-dah-REE’-zee) each take the mound this afternoon for the series finale in a matchup of All-Stars.
– Charlie Morton will pitch this afternoon for the Rays in the season series finale against Mariners opener Cory Gearrin, with lefty Wade LeBlanc to follow Gearrin for the Mariners. In his last three starts, Morton has struck out 29 and walked none for the Rays.
– The Rockies’ Jon Gray is scheduled to start the series finale against Arizona. He is coming off eight scoreless innings of five-hit ball in his last start against Miami. The Diamondbacks will throw Mike Leake, who is set for his seventh career start against the Rockies. He’s 2-2 in his career against Colorado.
– Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) seeks to win his 10th straight decision when the A’s take on J.A. Happ and the Yankees in the middle game of the three-game series tonight.
– The Giants’ Dereck Rodriguez faces the Cubs’ Yu Darvish tonight in Chicago. Rodriguez tossed seven sparkling innings in San Francisco’s 7-0 victory at Arizona last Thursday. Darvish is 2-2 with a 2.77 ERA in his last eight starts for Chicago.
– Mike Montgomery pitches for the Royals in their series finale at Baltimore. He’s 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA in his last three starts and 2-3 with Kansas City after being traded from the Cubs. The Orioles will throw Aaron Brooks, who remains in search of his first win since April. The right-hander is winless in seven starts with the Orioles since being claimed on waivers on July 6.
– All-Star lefty Mike Minor starts for Texas in the series finale against the Angels. The Rangers are going for only their second series win in a span of 15 series since late June. Lefty Patrick Sandoval goes for Los Angeles tonight.
– Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin has given up three runs or fewer in 10 of his past 11 starts. He allowed one run on seven hits in six innings of a 2-1 win over Milwaukee his last time out on Aug. 16. Tonight he’ll face Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove, who is going for his first win in August.
– Phillies lefty Drew Smyly is 1-1 in five starts for Philadelphia since being acquired from Texas in July. The Phillies are 4-1 in the games Smyly has started. He’ll face Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello, who has won six of his last eight starts and is second on the club in victories.
– Atlanta’s Julio Teheran will look to bounce back from the shortest start of his career when he throws tonight in the second of three home games against Miami. Teheran lasted just 1 1/3 innings against the New York Mets last Thursday, surrendering six runs. The Marlins will throw lefty Caleb Smith, who is 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA in four career starts vs. Atlanta.
– The Brewers will start Adrian Houser against the Cardinals. He is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA in three career games against St. Louis. The Cardinals will throw Adam Wainwright, whose nine career home victories over the Brewers are his most against any opponent. His 16 wins overall against Milwaukee are tied for first for his most wins against any opponent.
– Toronto’s Wilmer Font makes his sixth start tonight since joining the team last month. He’ll face the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur), who returns home where he is 5-0 with a 2.33 ERA.
US to face Latvia in Fed Cup, Romania to play Russia
LONDON (AP) – The United States will face Latvia for a place in next year’s Fed Cup finals, the first time the “World Cup of Tennis” tournament system will be used.
The draw for February’s qualifying matches pits the Americans against a Latvian team that could include former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year’s U.S. Open semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova.
Romania, the home country of Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, will play Russia, while Spain will face Japan, Canada plays Switzerland and Britain takes on Slovakia.
Four nations, including 2019 Fed Cup finalists Australia and France and host nation Hungary, have already qualified for the inaugural 12-team final tournament in April 2020.