Scherzer quest ... Durant ejected ... Embiid sidelined
CINCINNATI (AP) — Max Scherzer begins his bid for a third straight NL Cy Young Award when he starts for Washington at Great American Ball Park. Opening day in Cincinnati was pushed back a day because of rain. The forecast calls for a dry afternoon with temperatures around 50 at game time. Homer Bailey is set to start for the Reds.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant’s return from a rib injury ended early. The All-Star forward was ejected with 2.4 seconds left in the first half of the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Durant argued after getting no foul call on a drive through three Bucks defenders.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will need surgery on an orbital fracture of his left eye and he has a concussion. There’s no timetable on how long Embiid will be sidelined. The 76ers are set to play tonight in Atlanta and Sunday in Charlotte.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will need four months to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip. The Lakers announced Thomas’ prognosis after the surgery Thursday. Thomas will be a free agent by the time he recovers from the procedure, but he has expressed interest in staying with the Lakers.
CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency goaltender Scott Foster played the final 14 minutes after Chicago lost Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injuries, closing out the Blackhawks’ victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Forsberg was expected to start, but he was scratched after the team said he got hurt during warmups.