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April 16, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay, at 12-and-4, takes baseball’s best record into its series opener at home against Baltimore. On the mound for the Rays will be Tyler Glasnow, who is 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA. The Orioles hope Chris Davis is about to go on a long-awaited tear. Davis ended his record 0-for-54 slump with three hits and four RBIs on Saturday, then socked his first homer since August on Monday.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have placed first baseman Greg Bird on the 10-day injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, giving the team a dozen players on the shelf less than three weeks into the season. The Boston Red Sox have designated former top prospect Blake Swihart for assignment, shaking up their situation at catcher. The Sox announced the move before the opener of a two-game series against the Yankees. Catcher Sandy León has been promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to back up Christian Vázquez, and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez also was brought up.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Baseball’s 2026 All-Star Game will be played in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday at Independence Hall with a cast of All-Stars past and present behind him. This will be the first All-Star Game at Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol after Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin) punched him, sending his head crashing onto the ice. Svechnikov, who was wearing a helmet, will likely miss Game 4 of the best-of-seven series. The Hurricanes say they are not going to rush him back.

BOSTON (AP) — A Marine veteran running in the Boston Marathon in honor of three fallen friends who died in Afghanistan says he never thought about giving up even when his legs gave out. Micah Herndon says his military training kicked in while crawling the last 100 yards to the finish during Monday’s marathon.