Update on the latest in sports:
Maeda and Nola are starters again
UNDATED (AP) – Kenta Maeda and Aaron Nola both return to the rotation after making their previous appearances out of the bullpen as the Dodgers take on the Phillies tonight in Philadelphia. The Dodgers’ Maeda is coming off an unusual relief appearance July 15, facing two batters in the last game before the All-Star break to get a little work before an extended rest period. Meanwhile, Phillies ace Nola struck out two in a scoreless relief inning at the All-Star Game. He has allowed two-or-fewer runs in five straight starts.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– The Pirates offense is rolling, and Cleveland will ask rookie Shane Bieber to slow Pittsburgh’s roll tonight. The Bucs have averaged 6.4 runs per game while winning 10 straight, including seven in four innings against Indians ace Corey Kluber in the series opener last night. Bieber ranks among the game’s top rookies, though his ERA has risen by more than a run over his past four three starts.
Brewers may be in the market for a starter
UNDATED (AP) – The Brewers were already rumored to be shopping ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline before starting pitcher Brent Suter said Monday he would need season-ending Tommy John surgery. Milwaukee has already been without ace Jimmy Nelson all season, while Zach Davies and Junior Guerra are also on the DL, though both are expected to return soon. Manager Craig Counsell says he’s confident in the five guys the Brewers have on-hand, but an arm might help Milwaukee as it chases the Cubs in the NL Central.
In other injury news from the majors:
– Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets are awaiting a report and recommendation from doctors after the slugger had an MRI on both feet Monday. Cespedes may need surgery to address calcification on both heels that has bothered him for 15 years, and he said recently that surgery would sideline him for 8-to-10 months.
TOUR DE FRANCE-SPRAY
Froome and other riders have eyes treated
BAGNERES DE-LUCHON, France (AP) – Chris Froome was among riders whose eyes needed treatment for tear gas when police intervened to disperse farmers protesting against funding cuts by disrupting the Tour de France today.
Bales of hay blocked the road, not far into today’s stage of the race. Tour organizers said police used tear gas to disperse the protesters as the peloton approached.
Fourt-time champion Froome, race leader Geraint Thomas, and world champion Peter Sagan were among those affected by the chemical. Froome was treated with eye drops and Sagan poured water over his face to clean his eyes.
Stage 16 resumed after a 15-minute delay.
SUPER BOWL CHAMP-SAXOPHONE
Super Bowl champ to play sax with Philadelphia Orchestra
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia Orchestra has acquired a Super Bowl champion.
Eagles center Jason Kelce will play baritone saxophone with the orchestra Tuesday to benefit the team’s autism challenge. The music will accompany the team’s highlights from NFL Films.
In the offseason, Kelce played with the Avalon String Band during a Mummers parade to celebrate Mardi Gras. Mummers are costumed bands most known for their lavish New Year’s Day performances in Philadelphia.
The group provided Kelce with the Mummers outfit he wore in the championship parade honoring the Eagles for their Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.
Kelce has played sax since high school.