Update on the latest in sports:
NL contenders match up
UNDATED (AP) – Several top teams in the National League are matched up today and tonight against fellow playoff contenders. Arizona wraps up a four-game series at Wrigley Field versus the Cubs. Max Muncy and the Dodgers host Atlanta. And it’s Milwaukee in San Francisco to face rookie Dereck Rodriguez. The son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA, and the Giants have won his last six starts.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Khris Davis and the surging Athletics go for a four-game sweep at Texas. Davis homered two more times and had five RBIs during Wednesday night’s 6-5 victory, including a two-run shot in the ninth inning as Oakland rallied again to beat the Rangers. Davis hit a three-run homer in the seventh to pull the A’s to 5-4 and has gone deep in six consecutive games against Texas.
– Bartolo Colon faces one of his 10 former teams in his fourth attempt to break a tie with Dennis Martinez for the most major league wins by a pitcher born in Latin America. Colon and Martinez each have 245 career victories. Colon, the 45-year-old right-hander now with the Texas Rangers, starts against Oakland.
– Newly acquired reliever Zach Britton joins the Yankees as they open a homestand against last-place Kansas City. New York manager Aaron Boone said Britton will fill a variety of roles but emphasized that Aroldis Chapman remains the closer. The Yankees acquired Britton, a two-time All-Star, from the rebuilding Orioles for three pitching prospects late Tuesday.
– Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb takes on his former team when the struggling Orioles begin a four-game series with Tampa Bay. Cobb is 0-2 in two career starts against the Rays. He left them to sign a $57 million, four-year contract with Baltimore last offseason.
Strasburg returns to DL
MIAMI (AP) – The Washington Nationals have placed star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 10-day disabled list because of a nerve problem in his neck.
The team said Thursday the right-hander has a cervical nerve impingement. This is his second DL stint this season. He missed more than a month because of an inflamed right shoulder.
The Nationals announced the injury before beginning a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.
Strasburg made just one start last week after being activated off the DL, allowing six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Strasburg agued with ace Max Scherzer after leaving the game, and manager Davey Martinez met with them in his office afterward.
Injuries have limited Strasburg to 14 starts this season. He’s 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA.
Left-hander Tommy Milone will fill Strasburg’s roster spot, and infielder Jose Marmolejos was designated for assignment. Third baseman Anthony Rendon was placed on the paternity list.
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Rockies acquire reliever from Toronto
DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies added another reliever by acquiring right-hander Seunghwan Oh from Toronto for minor league prospects.
Oh was 4-3 with a 2.68 ERA in 48 appearances for the Blue Jays this season. The 36-year-old South Korean signed a $2 million, one-year contract in the offseason after two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.
It’s unclear where Oh will fit into Colorado’s bullpen. The Rockies have Wade Davis as their closer and Adam Ottavino as an eighth-inning specialist.
Hawks follow Falcons’ lead, lower some concessions prices
ATLANTA (AP) – With a nod to their in-town NFL cousins, the Atlanta Hawks will offer new fan-friendly concessions pricing plan they say is the first of its kind in the NBA.
The plan for more affordable menu items accompanies the completion of the second phase of an extensive renovation of Philips Arena in October.
The team says the new fan-friendly menu features price cuts of up to 50 percent, including $5 beer. The Hawks say Philips Arena will be the first NBA venue with the pricing plan.
The Hawks – considered a longshot to be a playoff contender next season – quickly acknowledge they didn’t devise the plan.
They say motivation came from the NFL Falcons’ success with similarly affordable pricing at their new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, adjacent to Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The Hawks also were inspired by affordable concessions prices at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia.