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Syndergaard due to come off DL, start for Mets


UNDATED (AP) – Mets star Noah Syndergaard is expected to come off the disabled list and pitch in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale at Washington. He’s been out while recovering from hand, foot and mouth disease.


Left-hander Tommy Milone starts for the Nationals, who set a franchise scoring record with Tuesday night’s a 25-4 rout of the Mets, which was also the most lopsided loss in the Mets’ 57-season history.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– The Yankees find themselves 31 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season and five games behind first-place Boston as they wrap up a series against Baltimore. Sonny Gray starts for the Yankees and Alex Cobb for the visiting Orioles.


– Cleveland wraps up a series against the Twins in Minnesota. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco starts for the Indians, having won four of his last five starts. Left-hander Adalberto Mejia (meh-HEE’-uh) make just his third start of the year for the Twins.


– Cole Hamels makes his first start for the Cubs when they play the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old lefty was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA when Texas traded the four-time All-Star and former World Series MVP to Chicago last week. The Pirates have won 16 of 20.


– Royals righty Jakob Junis faces the Chicago White Sox on the road. He is 0-8 with a 6.98 ERA in his past nine starts. In his last outing, he threw a fastball that hit Aaron Judge and broke the Yankees slugger’s wrist, putting him out for three weeks.


– Brian Dozier could make his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they host Milwaukee. The power-hitting Minnesota second baseman was traded Tuesday, shortly before the deadline for making deals without waivers. The defending NL champion Dodgers have revamped their infield in the last two weeks, also getting star Manny Machado.




New Yankees pitcher Happ has hand, foot and mouth disease


NEW YORK (AP) – Newly acquired Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ has been diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, the second pitcher on a New York team to be recently affected by the illness.


Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made the announcement Tuesday before a game against Baltimore.


Hand, foot and mouth disease is an infectious illness that often affects young children. Mets star Noah Syndergaard currently is on the disabled list with the disease.


The Yankees aren’t certain how Happ caught it. The 35-year-old was traded from Toronto to the Yankees last week for infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney. Happ won his New York debut on Sunday, pitching six strong innings to beat Kansas City.




New redshirt rule in place for coaches


UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA’s new redshirt rule in college football appears to be a smash hit for both players and coaches.


Players will now be allowed to play in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt season, maintaining four years of eligibility. In the past, playing just one game could cost a player an entire season of eligibility.


Coaches say the change will increase depth, improve development and eliminate many difficult decisions. Baylor coach Matt Rhule, whose team is coming off a 1-11 season, says the new rule is a godsend for the rebuilding Bears. He expects every freshman to play.




Harrah’s to become 4th Atlantic City casino with sports bets


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – An Atlantic City casino will become the fourth in New Jersey to offer sports betting.


Harrah’s casino was scheduled to start taking sports bets at 11 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, two days after its sister property, Bally’s, did.


So far, the Borgata, Ocean Resort and Bally’s are offering sports bets, along with two horse racing tracks, the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park.


No one has yet been approved to offer mobile or online sports betting, although numerous gambling companies have applied to state gambling regulators for permission to do so before football season begins in September.


New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting should they choose to do so.