Update on the latest in sports:
Cy Young Award contenders on the mound
UNDATED (AP) – NL Cy Young Award candidates Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola share the mound for the second time in five days, this time at Nola’s home park in Philadelphia. Nola, who is 15-and-3, got the better of Scherzer and the Nationals last Thursday in Washington, pitching eight innings with nine strikeouts in a 2-0 victory. Scherzer, 16-and-6, held the Phillies to two runs over seven innings, taking his first loss since July 2.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom and Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels take the mound at Wrigley Field for a matchup of two of baseball’s hottest pitchers. DeGrom, one of the leading contenders for the NL Cy Young Award, has a 1.26 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings over five August starts. Hamels is 4-0 with a sparkling 0.79 ERA in five starts since he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. Weather could be a factor, with thunderstorms in the forecast for the Chicago area.
– Boston tries to end a three-game skid against Miami right-hander Jose Urena, who is returning from a suspension for hitting breakout Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch. The Red Sox were swept by the Rays over the weekend – Boston’s first sweep of the season – and have lost six of eight to drop to 90-42. They’ll turn to lefty Brian Johnson to end that skid. Urena was suspended six games by Major League Baseball after plunking Acuna on Aug. 15, though he pitched a complete game in a 12-1 win over Washington on Aug. 19 while he planned to appeal the ban. He dropped the appeal later that week.
– Tampa Bay takes an eight-game winning streak into an interleague series at Atlanta. Relief pitcher Ryne Stanek will be the Rays’ opener in the first game of the series, opposing Braves right-hander Julio Teheran. Tampa Bay is coming off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, the first time Boston has been swept this season, and is a season-best nine games over .500 at 70-61. Despite this roll, the Rays are still nine games behind Oakland for the second AL wild card and 19 1/2 games behind the first-place Red Sox.
– The Athletics and Astros continue a pivotal series in Houston with 34-year-old hurlers Edwin Jackson and Charlie Morton on the mound. Oakland is Jackson’s 13th team, and he’s made a big impression since signing a minor league deal on June 6. Over 11 starts, he’s 4-3 with a 2.97 ERA, though he’s given up four homers over 9 1/3 innings over his past two starts. Morton, who is 13-and-3, enjoyed a resurgence in 2017 that has continued this season, though he’s also struggled lately, allowing six runs over five innings in a 10-7 win against Seattle last time out.
Titans acquire linebacker Correa from Ravens
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have acquired linebacker Kamalei Correa (KAH-mah-lay corr-AY-uh) from the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick.
The Titans announced the trade Tuesday.
Correa was the 42nd pick overall in 2016 out of Boise State, and the 6-foot-3, 241-pound linebacker started four of his 25 games with Baltimore.
The linebacker had 20 sacks and 31 1/2 tackles for loss at Boise State, and he played with Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in high school in Hawaii.
Bolt to make Australian soccer debut
GOSFORD, Australia (AP) – Usain Bolt will make his debut for an Australian soccer team, the Central Coast Mariners, in a pre-season exhibition game Friday against an amateur team. The eight-time Olympic sprinting gold medalist from Jamaica is on a tryout with the team, hoping to win a professional contract. He’s been practicing this week on the left wing and expects to play about 15 to 20 minutes at that position Friday.