Update on the latest sports
ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves will be heading to the World Series for the first time since 1999.
The World Series Game 1 against the Astros is scheduled for tomorrow night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Both teams are making final preparations in Houston and are set to work out in the stadium.
A few roster decisions need to be made, but both clubs have already declared starters for Game 1. Framber Valdez will go for Houston after delivering eight terrific innings in a 9-1 win in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against Boston. Atlanta, meanwhile, is going with Charlie Morton, who pitched for Houston from 2017-18 and got the win in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.
– The Astros are considering their options for how to get the big bat of Yordan Alvarez in the lineup when the series moves to Atlanta for Game 3 and they lose the designated hitter. After missing last year’s postseason while recovering from double knee surgery, Alvarez batted an ALCS-record .522 (12 for 23) with one homer, three doubles, a triple and six RBIs, earning series MVP honors. Michael Brantley is Houston’s regular left fielder, but Alvarez appeared in 41 games at the position this season and that’s where he’s likely to play at Atlanta.
– The reigning World Series champion Dodgers are beginning the process of figuring out what’s next for a roster facing significant upheaval, after being eliminated by Atlanta on Saturday. Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Chris Taylor will become free agents after the World Series, and more core stars could have their contracts expire in the next couple years, too. Seager has made it clear he wants to stay in LA.
Cards to promote Marmol to skipper
UNDATED (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals plan to announce today that bench coach Oliver Marmol will be promoted to replace fired manager Mike Shildt. That’s according to a person familiar with the decision.
The Cardinals dismissed Shildt, the former National League manager of the year, over organizational differences on Oct. 14, a week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game.
The Athletic first reported Sunday night that Marmol would be introduced the next morning.
Potential backflip on vaccination stance for Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – A potential backflip on border entry requirements for the Australian Open may allow unvaccinated players to compete at the first tennis major of 2022 after undergoing 14 days in quarantine.
Federal and state government political leaders last week said players who hadn’t received two doses of a recognized COVID-19 vaccine were unlikely to get visas for the Jan. 17-30 tournament in Melbourne.
A leaked email from the WTA to its Players’ Council, reported by the New York Times and Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, suggests unvaccinated players would likely be granted a visa but must do a two-week lockdown in hotel quarantine. Fully vaccinated players would not have to undergo quarantine. Tennis Australia says negotiations are continuing.