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October 8, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — Luis Severino starts for the Yankees when they host Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. They’re 1-all going into the first playoff game between the teams in the Bronx since the Red Sox finished off a comeback from an 0-3 deficit in the 2004 ALCS at the old Yankee Stadium. Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA and .217 opponents’ batting average at home. Ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi starts for Boston.

UNDATED (AP) — The Astros try to complete an ALDS sweep over Cleveland when Dallas Keuchel starts Game 3 at Progressive Field. The defending World Series champions used dominant pitching by starters Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole to open a 2-0 lead. Indians manager Terry Francona will tweak his lineup against the left-handed Keuchel, adding righty hitters Yandy Diaz and Brandon Guyer. Mike Clevinger pitches for Cleveland.

UNDATED (AP) — After holding off the Dodgers in a tense ninth inning, the Atlanta Braves aim to even the NLDS in Game 4 at SunTrust Park. Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch), who gave up four runs and three hits in two innings in a 6-0 loss in the opener, will pitch for Atlanta. The Dodgers could start Rich Hill.

UNDATED (AP) — At this rate, the Milwaukee Brewers probably would rather keep playing. But they’ll have to wait a while after sweeping Colorado in the NLDS. The Brew Crew has won 11 in a row — by the time they host Game 1 of the NL Championship Series at Miller Park on Friday against the Dodgers-Braves winner, it will have been nearly three weeks since their last loss.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A large group of Chinese athletes and sports officials arrived in North Korea today in the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the two countries this year. China’s official Xinhua News Agency says the Chinese delegation includes men’s and women’s basketball teams. They are expected to take part in friendly matches with North Korean teams this week.

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