Update on the latest sports
Cole and Scherzer return from IL; Orioles could break record for homers allowed
UNDATED (AP) – Three-time All-Star Gerrit Cole makes his first start in 15 days as the AL West-leading Astros wrap up a series against Detroit in Houston. Cole, who was scratched last week due to discomfort in his right hamstring, has won 10 straight decisions. He is second in the majors with 226 strikeouts.
Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for Detroit. Zimmermann allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings in his last start against Tampa Bay, but did not factor in the decision.
The Tigers have the worst record in the majors, even after beating Astros ace Justin Verlander 2-1 Wednesday night as one of the largest MLB underdogs in recent memory.
Elsewhere in the majors Thursday:
– Nationals ace Max Scherzer comes off the injured list to start at last-place Pittsburgh. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 20 starts but has pitched only once over the past six weeks because of a strained muscle in his back. His 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings lead the NL. Left-hander Steven Brault starts for the Pirates, hoping to snap a six-start winless streak.
– Last-place Baltimore is in position to break the major league record for most home runs allowed in one season. It could happen Thursday night when the Orioles host Tampa Bay. Asher Wojciechowski (woh-jih-KOW’-skee), who has yielded 12 long balls in 49 innings, starts for the Orioles against Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough. Baltimore shares the mark with the 2016 Cincinnati Reds after serving up No. 258 Wednesday night in an 8-1 victory over Kansas City.
– Dodgers slugger Max Muncy has homered in a career-high five straight games heading into his team’s series finale against Toronto. Muncy connected for his 33rd of the season in the 10th inning Wednesday night to give Los Angeles a 2-1 victory. It was the 11th walk-off win this year for the major league-leading Dodgers, who have baseball’s best home record as well at 50-16.
– The Boston Red Sox are offering free admission to fans under the age of 18 for the 1:05 p.m. Eastern time conclusion of a game against Kansas City that was suspended on Aug. 7 because of rain. An admission fee of $5 for adults will be donated to the Jimmy Fund. Play will resume in the top of the 10th inning with the score tied 4-all and Josh Taylor working with a 2-1 count on Royals catcher Meibrys Viloria.
Oakland ‘hosts’ Green Bay in Canada
UNDATED (AP) – The Oakland Raiders’ worldwide tour gets started Thursday night in Canada, where they’ll play a “home” preseason game against Green Bay in Winnipeg.
The Raiders will also play a “home” game during the regular season in London against Chicago on Oct. 6.
Coach Jon Gruden will likely rest most of his regulars for this game, including quarterback Derek Carr and star receiver Antonio Brown. Brown has yet to make his Oakland debut as he has dealt with frostbitten feet and a fight with the NFL over his banned helmet.
This will be the third time the Packers have played a preseason game outside the United States.
The other NFL preseason games Thursday night are the New York Giants at Cincinnati, Carolina at New England, Washington at Atlanta, Baltimore at Philadelphia and Jacksonville at Miami.
Lions sign DT Damon Harrison to $11M, 1-year extension
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – The Detroit Lions have signed defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to an $11 million, one-year extension.
The team announced the signing Thursday. Harrison, who has two years left on the $46 million contract he signed with the New York Giants, is under contract for an additional season with the Lions.
Detroit acquired the former All-Pro player in a trade from the Giants last season for a fifth-round draft pick. He didn’t attend the Lions’ mandatory minicamp during this past offseason, hoping to get a new deal.
The run-stuffing tackle has 436 career tackles, nine sacks, forced four fumbles and made an interception during seven seasons.
AP sources: Sprint star Christian Coleman could face ban
UNDATED (AP) – Two people familiar with the case tell The Associated Press that gold-medal sprint contender Christian Coleman’s Olympic prospects could be in jeopardy after three missed drug tests.
The case is said to involve three “whereabouts failures” over 12 months, meaning it can be treated as a positive test and subject to a two-year suspension.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because cases are considered confidential.
Coleman is the reigning national champion at 100 meters. In 2017, he finished second to Justin Gatlin at the world championships, one spot ahead of Usain Bolt.
The 2019 worlds are next month in Qatar, and Coleman has the world’s leading time in the 100 in each of the past three years. The 23-year-old sprinter also qualified in the 200.
Athletes are required to provide authorities with their whereabouts so they can be tested without notice. Failing to provide the information, or not being present when a tester shows up, is a violation.
ITF postpones Pakistan-India Davis Cup series
LONDON (AP) – The International Tennis Federation has postponed next month’s Davis Cup series between India and Pakistan because of the recent political tension over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
The ITF says it made the decision “following an in-depth security review of the current situation in Pakistan by independent security advisors.”
Islamabad was to host the series on Sept. 14-15 on grass courts. The ITF says the series will be rescheduled for November and the exact dates will be confirmed no later than Sept. 9.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to drive Xfinity race at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to compete in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31, despite a recent plane crash.
Earnhardt Jr. posted his update on Twitter late Wednesday night, saying his lower back is sore and swollen. He’s receiving daily treatment “solely to get well to race.”
Earnhardt, his family and two pilots escaped a burning plane that veered off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee last week.
Earnhardt won NASCAR’s most popular driver 15 straight times from 2003 through 2017. He retired two years ago and is an NBC racing analyst.
Darlington is Earnhardt’s one race this season.