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August 12, 2018


Early groups post low scores at PGA Championship

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first two groups are done with their final rounds at the PGA Championship, and there are good scoring opportunities available.

Chris Stroud and Cameron Smith each teed off early and buzzed through Bellerive at 4-under 66.

Tournament officials placed the tee box on the par-4 11th hole way up, at 294 yards, to make it drivable. Hideki Matsuyama drove to 18 feet and made the putt for eagle. He’s at 3 under on his round with four holes left.

The leaders tee off Sunday afternoon.

Tiger Woods will try to make up a four-shot lead on Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kah), who is trying to become the fifth player in history to win the U.S. Open and PGA in the same year.

Adam Scott starts the day two shots behind Koepka.


Scherzer tries to become majors’ first 16-game winner

UNDATED (AP) — Nationals ace Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28 ERA) will try to become the first 16-game winner in the majors when he starts the Sunday night game at Wrigley Field.

Scherzer is 15-5 with a 2.28 ERA. The owner of three Cy Young Awards, he also leads the majors in strikeouts this year with 216 in 161 2/3 innings.

Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs. He’s allowed just one earned run in 11 innings during the first two starts since being acquired from Texas.

Elsewhere on the Sunday schedule:

— Red Sox ace Chris Sale returns from a two-week stint on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. He’ll try to pitch Boston to a four-game sweep of the Orioles at Camden Yards. Manager Alex Cora said the lefty could throw 100 pitches if he’s not too rusty. Sale is 11-4 and leads the AL with a 2.04 ERA.

— In a matchup of left-handers, the Rangers’ Martin Perez takes on CC Sabathia in the series finale at Yankee Stadium. Perez has posted allowed 12 earned runs in 12 2-3 career innings against New York, despite a 2-1 record, while Sabathia looks for his 12th career victory over the Rangers.


Indians put slugger on DL with biceps swelling

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have put slugger Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN’) on the disabled list because of swelling in his left biceps.

Manager Terry Francona made the announcement after the AL Central leaders beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Saturday night. Encarnacion left Friday night’s game and had an MRI in Cleveland on Saturday.

Encarnacion has struggled since being hit on the right hand by Yankees reliever Chad Green before the All-Star break. He has often been swinging with one hand, putting more stress on his upper arms.

Encarnacion is third on the team with 25 homers and second with 81 RBIs.


Titans waive 2, add pair of linebackers, defensive lineman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with linebacker Tony Washington, outside linebacker Davond Dade and defensive lineman Francis Kallon.

The Titans also announced Sunday they waved linebacker and tight end Nick DeLuca and defensive back Josh Kalu.

The 6-foot-4 Washington signed with Houston in 2015 after going undrafted out of Oregon and switched between the Texans’ practice squad and injured reserve. He spent three weeks with the Titans’ practice squad last season.

Kallon also went undrafted in 2017 out of Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman has spent time with Pittsburgh, Green Bay and the New York Jets. Dade took part in Indianapolis’ rookie mini-camp this spring after going undrafted out of Portland State.

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