Update on the latest in sports:
Yelich goes for record-setting fifth homer
CINCINNATI (AP) — Christian Yelich of the Brewers has homered in the first four games of the season to match a major league record, and he can break that mark by going deep tonight when Milwaukee visits Cincinnati. The 2018 NL MVP also had a two-run double in the ninth inning yesterday that gave Milwaukee a dramatic 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Indians, Pirates and Braves are set to play their home openers. Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger gets the ball following a breakout 2018 season. He’ll face Ivan Nova, making his first start for the Chicago White Sox after an offseason trade from Pittsburgh. The Pirates will start Chris Archer against St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright. Atlanta, which has lost its first three, is calling on Sean Newcomb against Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs.
— For years, Felix Hernandez was a shutdown ace for Seattle, and the Mariners couldn’t score enough runs to back him. Times have changed. After being passed over for opening day for the first time in a decade, the 32-year-old Hernandez will make his first start this season tonight against the Angels. King Felix had a 15.95 ERA in spring training a year after going 8-14 with a 5.55 ERA during a miserable regular season.
— After losing three of four at Seattle, the Red Sox send October star David Price to the mound in Oakland for his first start of the season.
— So far this season, the New York Yankees have dropped two of three at home to a Baltimore team that went a major league-worst 47-115 last year. Tonight, the Yankees welcome another rebuilding club to the Bronx in the Detroit Tigers.
— The Orioles continue their season-opening road trip in Toronto. The Colorado Rockies are at Tampa Bay to play the Rays. The New York Mets, winners of two out of three in Washington, head to Miami to take on the Marlins. The Houston Astros take on their in-state rival Texas Rangers. The Arizona Diamondbacks are in San Diego to play the Padres. And the San Francisco Giants meet the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Pistons continue playoff push
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After ending Portland’s six-game winning streak Saturday night, the Detroit Pistons continue their push for the playoffs tonight when they visit the Indiana Pacers, who’ve already wrapped up their playoff berth.
The Miami Heat, winners of six of their last eight games, hold a half-game lead over Orlando for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference heading into tonight’s game against playoff-bound Boston.
Tonight’s other NBA matchups include the Chicago Bulls in New York, Milwaukee at Brooklyn, Orlando visiting Toronto, and the Trail Blazers at Minnesota. The Philadelphia 76ers are at Dallas, Charlotte is visiting Utah and the Cavaliers are at Phoenix.
Colorado tries to maintain wild card lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Colorado has one-point lead over Arizona for the second wild-card berth in the NHL’s Western Conference heading into tonight’s game between the Avalanche and the Blues in St. Louis. A loss by the Coyotes Friday night clinched playoff spots for both St. Louis and Vegas.
Also in the NHL tonight (all times Eastern):
Washington at Florida, 7 p.m.
Toronto vs. N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Calgary at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.