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Wednesday, April 18th
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April 18, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:


Ohtani makes his third start
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Shohei Ohtani makes his third major league start when the Los Angeles Angels host David Price and the Red Sox in a marquee matchup between the top two teams in the majors. Ohtani is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13 innings on the mound. The two-way rookie sensation from Japan, also batting .367 with three homers and 11 RBIs, had his outing pushed back from Sunday because of a cold-weather postponement in Kansas City.


Price pitches the opener of Boston’s nine-game road trip. He left his last start Wednesday after feeling a “sensation” in his throwing hand.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– The Twins and Indians begin a two-game series in Puerto Rico, a day after several players spent the off day with kids on the storm-ravaged island. Cleveland star Francisco Lindor went back to his first school in his hometown, and Minnesota pitcher Jose Berrios visited a children’s hospital in San Juan with many of his teammates. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber will face Jake Odorizzi in the opener at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.


– The Toronto Blue Jays will be taking the field for the first time since Friday, following a pair of postponements at Cleveland over the weekend and last night’s postponement of their home game against Kansas City. Even though the Blue Jays play in a dome, the decision was made to postpone the game after chunks of ice crashed down from the nearby CN Tower and punctured the roof at Rogers Centre. The teams are playing a doubleheader today.


– Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez pitches at Citi Field, where he’s 10-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 15 career starts. He’s joked in the past that he looks forward to the tasty Latin food in the clubhouse, likes to see the planes fly overhead and enjoys the ballpark’s features. All kidding aside, he says there’s no real secret to his success at the Mets’ home.


– Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto is expected to come off the disabled list at Arizona. Cueto has been out since spraining his left knee during an indoor workout April 7, slowing a strong start to the season that included seven innings of one-hit ball against the Dodgers on March 30. The Diamondbacks counter with Patrick Corbin who has 29 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings this season.




UNDATED (AP) – After blowing two-goal leads in each of two overtime losses to Columbus on home ice because of some ill-advised penalties, the Washington Capitals go into Game 3 on the road knowing that it’s a problem that needs fixing. Center Nicklas Backstrom says the Capitals “need to play with better discipline.”


Nine of the 14 regulation goals in the Washington-Columbus series have come on the power play.


Elsewhere in the NHL:


– The Golden Knights are up three games to none as they take on the Kings tonight in Los Angeles. All three Vegas victories have been decided by a goal. Los Angeles is the most recent team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, doing so in 2014 against the San Jose Sharks on the way to winning the Stanley Cup.


– It’s Game Four tonight in Minnesota, with the Jets leading the Wild two-games-to-one. The Wild took five penalties in the first 31 minutes Sunday night and stymied the Jets’ power play in a 6-2 comeback win. Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau says, “We’ve just got to watch taking penalties.”




UNDATED (AP) – The Toronto Raptors try for their first-ever two-games-to-none playoff lead when they host the Washington Wizards tonight. Toronto had lost Game 1 at home all six times it had home-court advantage in a series, part of an overall 10-game losing streak in series openers, before beating Washington 114-106 on Saturday.


In other NBA playoff action:


– Boston and Milwaukee meet in Game 2 in Boston after the Celtics pulled out a 113-107 overtime victory over the Bucks on Sunday. Milwaukee will be hoping for more from starting guard Eric Bledsoe, who had more combined fouls and turnovers than points in Game 1.


– After becoming the highest-seeded team to lose so far in these playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers hope to even things up against New Orleans. The Pelicans got a couple big defensive plays down the stretch from Jrue Holiday on Saturday to hold on for a 97-95 win after the Blazers nearly came back from a 19-point deficit.




Former Jets center Nick Mangold retires


NEW YORK (AP) – Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold has retired after an 11-year career in which he established himself as one of the NFL’s best at his position.


The 34-year-old Mangold announced Tuesday morning on Twitter he will sign a one-day contract with the Jets to retire as a member of the team. Mangold didn’t play last season after he was released by New York in February 2017.


The Jets will hold a news conference April 24 at their facility to honor the seven-time Pro Bowl selection.


Mangold was a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2006 and immediately became a starter for New York.


Known for his consistency, sense of humor and blond, bushy Viking-like beard, Mangold was one of the most popular Jets players among teammates and fans.