Update on the latest in sports:
Scherzer looks for seventh win
UNDATED (AP) – Max Scherzer, who leads the majors in victories at 6-and-1, goes for No. 7 when the Washington Nationals face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of the four-game series.
Matt Koch (kuk, like cook) goes for Arizona. Koch already has defeated Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander this season.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– After moving back into a tie with the Yankees for first-place in the American League East — and the best record in baseball — the Red Sox head to Toronto, where Chris Sale pitches for Boston against the Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez. The Yankees, meanwhile, are in Oakland, where starting pitcher Sonny Gray will appear in his first game against his former team since the Athletics traded him to New York last summer.
– Matt Harvey will make his Cincinnati debut when he starts at Dodger Stadium tonight. Harvey says he’s excited to start a new chapter with the last-place Reds, who acquired the former ace from the Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco on Tuesday. Harvey was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA with New York. Interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman says Harvey could pitch a couple innings or perhaps more, but the right-hander will be limited because of his lack of recent game competition. Harvey had been working out in Los Angeles after being released.
– Andrew McCutchen plays in Pittsburgh for the first time since the popular Pirates outfielder was traded to San Francisco last winter. McCutchen was a five-time All-Star while wearing the black and gold and is likely to get a big ovation at PNC Park. He is hitting .250 with three home runs and 14 RBIs with the Giants.
– The annual Chicago vs. Chicago series starts up at Wrigley Field. Tyler Chatwood starts for the Cubs, who have won three in a row. Carson Fulmer pitches for the White Sox, who have lost five straight. Since they began meeting in interleague play in 1997, the White Sox hold a 58-54 edge.
– Jake Arrieta starts at Citizens Bank Park when Philadelphia hosts the Mets. The Phillies are 7-13 vs. NL East teams and 15-2 against all other opponents.
– The Nationals might have an update on center fielder Adam Eaton, a day after he had surgery on his troublesome left ankle. The team hasn’t given a timetable for his return. General manager Mike Rizzo said the injury was believed to have happened when Eaton slid hard into home plate earlier this year. Eaton had been on the disabled list since April 9, and was hitting .345 in eight games. Last year, Eaton had season-ending surgery in April after a knee injury.
Capitals, Lightning open Eastern Conference finals
TAMPA (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Washington Capitals at the start of the Eastern Conference finals tonight — the third time in four years that those finals have included the Lightning.
Tampa Bay has gone 6-and-1 at home so far during the playoffs, while the Capitals are 5-and-1 on the road.
Of the four teams remaining in the race for the Stanley Cup, Tampa Bay is the only team that has won it before. The Capitals, Jets and Golden Knights are all looking for their first trophy.
Since 2009, the Cup has been shared by just four teams — Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.