Roark vs Wheeler in NY...Toronto’s Sanchez to come off the DL...Browns’ Gordon cleared for walk-throughs
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington right-hander Tanner Roark faces Zack Wheeler and the Mets this afternoon in a matchup of resurgent starting pitchers. Roark is 5-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his past six starts. Wheeler, who beat the Nationals at home on July 14, is 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last seven outings. He struck out a season-high 10 over seven innings last time out against San Francisco, but is 3-8 with a 4.79 ERA in 12 career starts vs. Washington.
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is set to come off the disabled list this afternoon against Philadelphia for his first start since a suitcase-related injury sidelined him in late June. His right index finger was bruised when it got caught in a falling suitcase, hours before he took the mound in Los Angeles against the Angels with about 180 friends and family from his hometown of Barstow, California, in the crowd. He pitched through the pain for an inning, then exited and ended up on the 60-day DL.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is another step closer to playing again. The former Pro Bowler was cleared to participate in team walk-throughs on the field today after the Browns removed him from the active/non-football injury list. Gordon had only been working on the side with trainers and watching practice since returning Aug. 24 from a three-week break. Gordon left the team on the eve of training camp to receive treatment as part of his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A combined Koreas crew has made history at the Asian Games, winning a bronze medal in the women’s 200-meter dragon boat final. It’s the first time a combined team from North Korea and South Korea has won a medal at a major multi-sport international event. It was awarded to Korea — the name given to the combined teams the countries entered in rowing, canoeing and women’s basketball.
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has won the pole position for the tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix. Competing in rain, the Mercedes easily beat Sebastian Vettel’s leading time for Ferrari and secure a Formula One record-extending 78th pole.