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Bauer returns for Indians...Braves a step closer to clinching...Osaka advances

September 21, 2018

CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer returns to the mound for AL Central champion Cleveland when the Indians host Boston in a potential playoff preview. Bauer has been sidelined with a broken right leg since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu on Aug. 11. The right-hander was diagnosed with a stress fracture of his fibula. Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will go a “couple of innings” and then throw in the bullpen to increase his pitch count.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees’ CC Sabathia pitches tonight at home against rookie Yefry Ramirez and the last-place Orioles. Sabathia was tagged for five runs and seven hits over 2 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to Toronto. He has one win in his last 11 starts.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom continues his bid for a possible Cy Young Award tonight in Washington as a four-game series between the Mets and Nationals continues. DeGrom is 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA lifetime at Nationals Park. For Washington, Joe Ross makes his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves can clinch the N-L East title by winning two of their remaining three games against the Phillies this weekend. Julio Tehran is on the mound for the Braves tonight, while Nick Pivetta starts for Philadelphia.

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has advanced to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open by beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she upset 23-time major champion Serena Williams in New York.

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