Nats, Mets rematch...Cubs’ Hamel starts against Phillies...NFL owners look to tweak new rule
NEW YORK (AP) _ In a rematch of opening-day starters in New York, Max Scherzer, the 2016 and ’17 NL Cy Young Award winner, starts for Washington and Jacob deGrom, the 2018 NL Cy Young winner, starts for the Mets. The Mets won the opener 2-0 as deGrom struck out 10 and walked one in six innings, allowing six hits.
CHICAGO (AP) _ Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs tonight in Chicago. It will be his first career start against the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that signed him as a first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft. Hamels was 114-90 for the Phillies from 2006-15, helping Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series and the 2009 NL pennant. He was traded to Texas in July 2015 and to the Cubs last July. Rookie Cole Irvin will start for the Phillies.
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Milwaukee’s Zach Davies gets the start when the Brewers host Cincinnati this afternoon. Davies’ 1.54 ERA is second in the major leagues behind the 1.52 for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO). Luis Castillo will start for the Reds. He’s third in the NL with a 1.90 ERA.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill will face Rays right-hander Ryne Stanek (STAN’-ehk) in tonight’s finale of a two-game series at Tampa. The Dodgers beat the Rays 7-3 last night. L.A.’s Cody Bellinger has hit 17 homers in the Dodgers’ first 48 games, one shy of the team record set by Gil Hodges in 1951 and matched by Raúl Mondesi (MAHN’-deh-see) in 1999.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — NFL owners meeting today will consider a proposal to refine the new rule that allows challenges involving pass interference. Owners voted in March to allow interference calls or non-calls to be challenged by coaches and reviewed via replay as a one-year experiment. The tweak proposed this week would take the decision to review pass interference in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of the officials. Reviews in the final two minutes would require a coach’s challenge, too.