Update on the latest sports
Mets expect deGrom update, Devers swats O’s
UNDATED (AP) – The streaking New York Mets anticipate an injury update on ace pitcher Jacob deGrom after he was scheduled for an MRI.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was pulled after five innings Sunday with right side tightness in his return from an issue in a similar area.
The bullpen closed out a 4-2 victory over Arizona to give the Mets their first five-game winning streak since August 2019. The 32-year-old right-hander was coming off a 10-day layoff, skipping his previous turn in the rotation because of a right lat problem. Rojas said the side tightness seems to be a different issue.
In other in baseball news:
– Rafael Devers gets another chance to tear up Camden Yards as Boston closes its series against the Orioles. The Red Sox are 6-0 at Baltimore this year and Devers is a big reason – he’s hit five home runs with 13 RBIs in those games, going 9 for 23 (.391). Boston owns the best record in the majors at 22-13, a year after it went 24-36 in the pandemic-shortened season. Left-hander Martin Perez (0-2, 4.40 ERA) starts for Boston. Jorge Lopez (1-3, 6.49) pitches for the Orioles, who are a major league-worst 4-13 at home.
– Adolis Garcia and Texas try to keep up their recent run of success when they visit San Francisco. Garcia hit his team-leading ninth homer and drove in a career-high five runs as the Rangers beat Seattle on Sunday and won their third consecutive series. Texas improved to 7-2 since May 1 to get back to .500 for the first time since April 9. Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.40 ERA) is scheduled to start the first of two interleague matchups at Oracle Park.
Shohei Ohtani making history with 2-way success for Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Shohei Ohtani has fully emerged as one of the best hitters and also one of the most intriguing starting pitchers in baseball early in his fourth major league season. The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star is piling up homers with his bat and strikeouts with his arm even more quickly than Babe Ruth did it 100 years ago. Nearly three years after the mound portion of his AL Rookie of the Year campaign ended with a torn elbow ligament requiring Tommy John surgery, Ohtani has slowly, deliberately built himself back into a force.
Serena Williams returning after ‘very intense’ training
ROME (AP) – Forget all that speculation about Serena Williams considering retirement after her emotional hand-to-heart gesture upon her Australian Open exit three months ago.
Williams says she has been practicing “very intensely” on clay courts and is ready to “start fresh” in her pursuit of Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles.
Williams is preparing to return at this week’s Italian Open to gear up for Roland Garros later this month. She says her recent training program included a block of time on clay courts back home in the United States followed by 2 1/2 weeks on the red dirt at the French academy run by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
IOC’s Thomas Bach cancels Japan trip because of virus cases
TOKYO (AP) – IOC President Thomas Bach has canceled a trip to Japan because of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Bach was to visit Hiroshima next Monday and meet the torch relay and then probably travel to Tokyo but a state of emergency in the capital and other parts of the country has been extended until May 31.
The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says Bach’s visit would be made “as soon a possible.” The postponement is an embarrassment to the IOC and local organizers with the Olympics opening in just over 10 weeks. They have repeatedly said the Olympics will not be canceled and will open on July 23.
Nishikori raises questions about holding the Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) – Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori has doubts about whether the IOC and local organizers are doing enough to plan for a worst-case scenario of “hundreds” or “thousands” of coronavirus cases at the Tokyo Olympics. Or whether it’s even still feasible to hold the games when a state of emergency has been extended in Tokyo and other parts of Japan because of the pandemic.
Nishikori is one of a growing number of tennis players expressing reservations about the games.
Serena Williams suggested she won’t go to Japan if coronavirus protocols mean she can’t bring her 3-year-old daughter with her. Second-ranked Naomi Osaka is also conflicted about the games’ status.