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August 26, 2018


Rays try to become first team to sweep the Red Sox

UNDATED (AP) — The surprising Rays go for their eighth straight victory when they try to become the first team to sweep Boston in a series this season.

Tampa Bay is a season-high eight games over .500 at 69-61 and has allowed three or fewer runs in seven consecutive games. Boston has lost five of seven.

All-Star lefty Blake Snell pitches for the Rays against former teammate Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAHL’-dee) in the finale of the three-game set. Snell is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts against Boston this year. Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts for the major league-leading Red Sox since being acquired from the Rays on July 25.

Elsewhere in the majors Sunday:

— Kendrys Morales hopes to keep his home-run streak going when the Blue Jays wrap up their series against Philadelphia in Toronto. Morales has homered in six consecutive games, tying Jose Cruz Jr. for the Blue Jays record. His seven home runs during the streak matched St. Louis first baseman Matt Carpenter for the longest run in the majors this season. The big league record of eight games in a row with a homer is shared by Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. The slumping Phillies have lost 17 of their past 21 meetings with Toronto, including six straight north of the border.

— The last time the Nationals faced Mets left-hander Steven Matz, they hammered him for seven runs in the first inning on the way to a 25-4 romp. Washington could have used some of those runs the last three games — all shutout losses. The Nationals will try to end their record skid of offensive futility at Citi Field. They haven’t scored since Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off homer Wednesday night. Not since they were the Montreal Expos and were shut out in three straight by the Florida Marlins in 2004 — all three games were played in Puerto Rico — had the franchise been held down like this. The Expos moved to Washington the next season.

— Longtime Detroit shortstop Alan Trammell, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last month, will have his No. 3 retired by the Tigers in a ceremony before the Tigers host the White Sox. After that, touted rookie Michael Kopech takes the mound to make his second major league start for Chicago.

— In four games since he joined the Chicago Cubs in a trade with the Nationals, Daniel Murphy is 7 for 19 with two homers and five RBIs. He’ll try to go deep in a third straight game for the Cubs, who have 17 homers in their past 10 games. Chicago is hoping Murphy can recapture the form of his postseason run with the Mets in 2015, when he went 9 for 17 with four homers in a four-game NLCS sweep of the Cubs.


Hawaii advances to face South Korea

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii plays South Korea Little League World Series championship game Sunday afternoon.

Aukai Kea struck out 15 while going the distance in Hawai’s 3-0 shutout of Georgia. Pinch-hitter John De La Cruz opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the fourth.


Vettel wins Belgian GP to trim rival Hamilton’s F1 lead

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Sebastian Vettel made a crucial early overtaking move on Lewis Hamilton to win the crash-marred Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday and trim his rival’s overall lead.

Hamilton started from the pole position for a record fifth time at Spa, and a record-extending 78th in Formula One, with Vettel second on the grid.

Vettel finished about 12 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen an impressive third after starting seventh.

Vettel’s 52nd career win closes the gap to Hamilton to 17 points heading into next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Ferrari’s home. Hamilton has 231 points and second-place Vettel has 214.


True freshman Adrian Martinez named Nebraska’s starting QB

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — True freshman Adrian Martinez has been named Nebraska’s starting quarterback for the opener against Akron on Saturday.

Martinez was No. 1 on the Cornhuskers’ depth chart released Sunday.

Martinez beat out redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia in a close competition. He will be the first true freshman in program history to start an opener at quarterback.

Martinez was the prize of Scott Frost’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, signing with the Cornhuskers after de-committing from Tennessee.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Fresno, California, didn’t play his senior season in high school because of a shoulder injury. Considered a perfect fit for Frost’s up-tempo spread-option offense, Martinez threw for 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 1,400 yards and 14 TDs as a junior at Clovis West High.

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