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Playoff pitchers get tune-ups...World Series award named for Willie Mays...Sad Pitino

September 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nine teams that have already clinched playoff berths are giving final tune-ups to some of their top starting pitchers. Stephen Strasburg will start tonight for the Nationals, Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) will throw for the Diamondbacks, Doug Fister starts for the Red Sox and Trevor Bauer pitches for the Indians. Meanwhile, Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET’-uh) will likely miss his final regular-season start for the Chicago Cubs. Arrieta and manager Joe Maddon say he will probably skip his turn for the defending World Series champions when they wrap up the regular season against Cincinnati on Sunday. He strained his right hamstring in early September.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Willie Mays. The decision was announced today, the 63rd anniversary of Mays’ back-to-the-plate catch in deep center field at the Polo Grounds for the New York Giants in the World Series opener. The Giants went on to sweep the Indians. The Series MVP award began the following year. Mays, who is now 86, played in 24 All-Star Games during a 22-year-career with the New York and San Francisco Giants, and the New York Mets.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers receiver Davante Adams tweeted today that he was at home and “feeling great” a day after taking a frightening hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan. Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher with about 4 minutes left in the third quarter last night after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Trevathan. The game was delayed for about five minutes while medical personnel tended to Adams. He gave a thumbs-up signal as he was wheeled off the field. Trevathan was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty following Adams’ 8-yard catch. Green Bay won the game 35-14.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ousted Louisville coach Rick Pitino tells a radio host in a text message that he is sad and misses his players. They’re beginning practice for a season already marred by a federal probe that alleged corruption in the school’s basketball program and others in the sport. Pitino is on unpaid administrative leave, though his lawyer says the coach was “effectively fired” after court documents said money was funneled from Adidas to the family of a recruit. Pitino told WHAS-AM radio host Terry Meiners: “This weekend will be the saddest.”

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson’s lawyer says the former football star will live in Florida as planned after being released from a Nevada prison. It’s not clear where. Malcolm LaVergne says the timing of Simpson’s release is up to authorities and he doesn’t know when it will be. Citing safety concerns, a Nevada prisons spokeswoman says Simpson could be kept at a corrections facility for several weeks if necessary. A state parole board in July set Sunday as the date for Simpson to walk free.

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