Update on the latest in sports:
Celtics need one more win to advance
BOSTON (AP) – An Eastern Conference finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers is in reach for the Boston Celtics. The only thing delaying it is one more victory against a Philadelphia 76ers team intent on not becoming the latest to join a dubious NBA club.
Toronto was swept by Cleveland on Monday to become the 130th consecutive team in NBA history to fail to overcome a 3-0 deficit. Philadelphia is one loss away from becoming No. 131. Game 5 is tonight in Boston.
The Celtics have yet to lose a game at home this postseason.
Tanaka faces Red Sox
NEW YORK (AP) – Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees go for the team’s 17th win in 18 games when they host the rival Red Sox tonight in a matchup of teams with 25-10 records, tied for the best in baseball.
Giancarlo Stanton homered twice at Yankee Stadium last night in a 3-2 Yankees win, in the opener of the three-game series.
Rick Porcello was moved up a day to start tonight for the Red Sox. He’ll pitch in place of lefty David Price, who was scratched and sent back to Boston for medical tests after again experiencing a tingling sensation in his pitching hand.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– The Blue Jays hope to get at least one hit when they face Wade LeBlanc and the Mariners. Seattle lefty James Paxton started the series by pitching a no-hitter – the first by a Canadian in his home country. Fans at Rogers Centre cheered in the late innings for Paxton, who has a giant tattoo of a maple leaf on his right forearm in a nod to Canada’s national symbol.
– Julio Teheran and the Braves will try for their fourth straight road shutout when they play at Tampa Bay. Sean Newcomb and four relievers combined to blank the Rays 1-0 on Wednesday night. Atlanta won the final two games of its previous road trip, beating the New York Mets 7-0 and 11-0 last week.
– The Orioles try to end their season-worst seven-game losing skid when they play Kansas City. Back at Camden Yards last night after an 0-6 road trip, Baltimore gave up 10 runs in the first inning against the Royals. Andrew Cashner starts for the O’s, who have lost 19 of 22.
– Odubel Herrera has safely gotten on base 37 games in a row, the longest string by a Phillies player since Jimmy Rollins reached in 38 straight overlapping the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Herrera and Philadelphia next face San Francisco righty Chris Stratton.
Serena Williams won’t compete at Italian Open
ROME (AP) – Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Italian Open, saying she needs more time to be “100 percent ready to compete.”
The tournament made the announcement via Twitter.
Williams returned to the tour briefly this year after a 14-month absence to give birth to her daughter.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion also withdrew from this week’s Madrid Open and sitting out Rome puts her status for the French Open, which starts May 27, in doubt.
Williams, a four-time Italian Open champion, has not played since her a first-round loss to Naomi Osaka in March at the Miami Open.
Catherine Bellis takes Williams’ place in the Rome draw.