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August 25, 2018


Bote tries to keep rolling

UNDATED (AP) — Cubs rookie David Bote (BOH’-tee) tries to keep his sensational rookie season rolling Saturday at home against Cincinnati. The 25-year-old walked off Chicago with a 10th-inning homer on Friday, his second game-ending shot this month.

All of Bote’s five home runs either tied the game or put the Cubs ahead. That includes a ninth-inning grand slam for a 4-3 win over Washington on Aug. 12.

Left-hander Jose Quintana will take the mound for Chicago and right-hander Luis Castillo starts for the Reds. Castillo is coming off a solid start against San Francisco, striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings in an 11-4 victory on Sunday. Quintana is winless in his last three starts, but he pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning in a no-decision at Pittsburgh in his previous outing.

Elsewhere on the Saturday schedule:

— Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ starts the first game of a split doubleheader at Baltimore, while rookie Jimmy Yacabonis starts for the Orioles. Happ is 4-0 since being traded from Toronto. In the nightcap, Sonny Gray gets the start for the Yankees against Andrew Cashner. The Yankees moved within 8 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox after last night’s 7-5, 10-inning win over the Orioles.

— In a matchup between resurgent starting pitchers on a roll, Washington right-hander Tanner Roark faces Zack Wheeler and the Mets at Citi Field. 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.

— Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) has given Oakland a major boost in its pursuit of the Astros in the AL West, a trend the right-hander will try to continue against Minnesota. Fiers is 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA, 21 strikeouts and one walk in three starts since being acquired from Detroit on Aug. 6. Fiers has a chance to help bump the Astros off the division lead a year after making 28 starts for the World Series champions.

— Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is set to come off the DL against Philadelphia Saturday for his first start since a suitcase-related injury sidelined him in late June. Sanchez acknowledged Wednesday that the bruised right index finger that has kept him out for the past two months occurred when his finger got caught in a falling suitcase. The incident happened June 21, hours before Sanchez 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.


Koepka, Lovemark share lead after two rounds

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Jamie Lovemark share the lead at 10 under through two rounds of The Northern Trust, one shot ahead of Adam Scott.

Koepka eagled the par-5 13th hole and closed with three straight birdies for a 6-under 65.

Scott had the day’s best round with a 64, putting him one shot in front of Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Tiger Woods was 10 shots behind after three-putting the 18th green for a 71.


Three share Boeing lead

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Kent Jones, Scott Parel and Tom Pernice Jr. shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Boeing Classic.

Jones birdied four of his last five holes, and Parel closed with a bogey on the par-5 18th after birdieing the previous four holes. Both are winless as a senior tour.


Hamilton masters rain to take pole position for Belgian GP

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton again showed he’s the best driver in the rain by taking the pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Mercedes driver saved his best for the last lap to easily beat Sebastian Vettel’s leading time for Ferrari and secure a Formula One record-extending 78th pole.

Vettel was second in another disappointment for Ferrari, which topped all three practice sessions. But as in previous races, the rain seemed to affect Vettel’s confidence and boost Hamilton’s. The rain only came down for the third and final part of qualifying, known as Q3, and shook up the field considerably.


Combined Koreas crew wins historic medal at Asian Games

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A combined Koreas crew has earned a historic bronze medal at the Asian Games by finishing third in the women’s 200-meter traditional — or dragon — boat final Saturday, behind China and games host Indonesia.

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 — and not to North or South Korea.

The joint crew featured seven South Koreans and five North Koreans and finished in 56.851 seconds.

The combined Koreas basketball team has a chance at a gold-medal. It has progressed to the quarterfinals of the women’s tournament.

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