Update on the latest sports
ALCS Game 4 postponed for rain, Yanks-Astros resume Thursday
NEW YORK (AP) – Game 4 of the AL Championship Series scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because of rain in the forecast.
The Houston Astros and New York Yankees will play Game 4 on Thursday night instead, with Game 5 on Friday at Yankee Stadium and Game 6 in Houston on Saturday if necessary. Houston beat New York 4-1 in the Bronx on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead.
It’s expected that Houston will start Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) against the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) in a rematch of Game 1. Tanaka pitched six sterling innings as New York won the opener 7-0.
Both clubs had planned to use bullpen openers Wednesday, and the day off will be welcome for New York after manager Aaron Boone used five relievers to cover 4 2/3 innings Tuesday. Starter Luis Severino threw 36 pitches in the first inning and was pulled in the fifth. Boone deployed key arms Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton in the loss, although none threw more than 11 pitches.
Of course, now the teams might play the final four games without a day off, culminating in Game 7 on Sunday. With the Yankees leaning heavily on their bullpen this month, the starter-driven Astros could be at an advantage.
Greinke, a 2009 Cy Young Award winner acquired from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline, has struggled through two starts this postseason. He allowed six runs and couldn’t finish the fourth inning against Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, and the Yankees hammered two homers and scored three runs against him in six innings in the ALCS opener.
Joe Maddon returns to Los Angeles Angels as new manager
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Joe Maddon has agreed to become the manager of the Los Angeles Angels.
Maddon and the Angels agreed to terms Wednesday on a deal to reunite the veteran manager with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career.
Maddon left the Chicago Cubs by mutual consent last month after they missed the playoffs for the first time in his five-year tenure. In 2016, he led the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years.
Maddon replaces Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season when the Angels finished with their worst record since 1999.
Maddon was the Angels’ bench coach during their championship season in 2002. He left to manage Tampa Bay in 2006.
Titans switch to Tannehill at QB looking for spark
UNDATED (AP) – Coach Mike Vrabel (VRAY’-bul) says the Tennessee Titans will start quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Sunday against the Chargers instead of Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft. The 2-4Titans are looking to spark an offense that has scored only 98 points through six games and just one touchdown over the past 10 quarters.
Vrabel benched Mariota in the third quarter of Tennessee’s 16-0 loss in Denver, the first time he had been pulled from a game for poor play and not because of injury.
Tannehill was acquired from Miami in March by trade to upgrade Mariota’s backup.
This is the eighth NFL season for Tannehill, who has a career quarterback rating of 87. Tannehill is being paid $1.75 million under a one-year deal.
In other NFL news:
– The Los Angeles Rams have placed safety John Johnson on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. He was hurt in last Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. Johnson became a starter early in his rookie season in 2017. He started every game last season for the Rams, including the Super Bowl. He has 50 tackles and two interceptions this season. Johnson is the second starter in the Rams secondary to go on injured reserve in three days. Cornerback Aqib Talib (a-KEEB’ tah-LEEB’) was put on injured reserve with a rib injury Monday.
– Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins will miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury when Kansas City visits the Denver Broncos tomorrow night trying to snap a two-game skid. The Chiefs are down several starters as they face a division rival on short rest. Defensive back Kendall Fuller was ruled out after breaking his thumb in last week’s loss to Houston, defensive tackle Chris Jones and left tackle Eric Fisher have core muscle injuries, and left guard Andrew Wylie is out with an ankle injury.
– The Chicago Bears are cautiously optimistic quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will return from a left shoulder injury this week. Trubisky says he feels “close” to 100 percent and hopes to return when the Bears host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. If he is not ready, coach Matt Nagy says veteran Chase Daniel will make his second straight start. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, Trubisky was hurt scrambling on the opening drive in the win over Minnesota on Sept. 29. The Vikings’ Danielle Hunter dragged him down, and the quarterback’s non-throwing arm got pinned under his body.
– Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback Sunday for the winless Miami Dolphins at Buffalo, and Josh Rosen will be back on the bench. Fitzpatrick replaced Rosen at the start of the fourth quarter last Sunday against Washington with the Dolphins trailing 17-3, and led them to two late touchdowns in a 17-16 loss. Following the game, Flores had said Rosen would remain the starter. Fitzpatrick started the first two games of the season, and Rosen started the past three.
– Looks like “Duck Season” will last just a week for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that Mason Rudolph will return to the starting lineup when he is cleared to return from a concussion sustained against Baltimore on Oct. 6. Rookie Devlin “Duck” Hodges filled in nicely for Rudolph during a 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but Tomlin didn’t hesitate when asked if Rudolph will play once he’s available. Rudolph left in the third quarter of an overtime loss to Baltimore on Oct. 6 when he was knocked unconscious after taking a shot to the head by Ravens safety Earl Thomas. He recovered in time to practice in a limited capacity next week but was inactive for the Steelers in Los Angeles. Pittsburgh is off this week and doesn’t play again until hosting Miami on Monday, Oct. 28.
– Browns general manager John Dorsey says he’s had “a few conversations” lately with Redskins GM Bruce Allen and hinted that star tackle Trent Williams has been discussed. With the trade deadline approaching, Dorsey could be tempted to improve Cleveland’s offensive line and the Redskins are at an impasse with Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler who hasn’t played this season amid a contract holdout. Allen recently said he has no intention of dealing the disgruntled 31-year-old Williams. That may not stop Dorsey, who heard similar things from the New York Giants about star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. before pulling off a blockbuster trade in March.
Olympic marathons set to move out of Tokyo to cooler north
TOKYO (AP) – The International Olympic Committee wants to move the Tokyo Games marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to avoid the searing heat in the city.
The IOC says the new plan to stage the marathons and race walking events in Sapporo, the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympics, “will mean significantly lower temperatures for the athletes.”
Forecast temperatures in Sapporo are “five to six degrees centigrade cooler during the day than in Tokyo.”
An IOC panel assessing heat and weather issues for the July 24-Aug. 9 games “identified the marathon and race walk as the events that would put particular heat stress on the athletes.”
The marathons were due to start at 6 a.m. in Tokyo.
Marathons were run after midnight in 100 degrees Fahrenheit this month at the track and field world championships in Doha, Qatar.