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Sox try again...Phillies still have hope...Russia reinstated

September 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — For the third night in a row, the Red Sox attempt to clinch the AL East championship at Yankee Stadium. Boston entered the three-game set needing one victory over rival New York to secure its third consecutive division crown. But the Yankees have put the party on hold with two wins, including a 10-1 rout Wednesday night.

ATLANTA (AP) — Trailing the first-place Braves by 5½ games in the NL East, the Philadelphia Phillies begin a four-game series at Atlanta. In fact, seven of Philadelphia’s final 11 games are against the Braves, so the Phillies say they still feel they have a realistic chance to catch up. Vince Velasquez pitches the opener for Philadelphia against Kevin Gausman.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking his third straight NL Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer is on the mound when the Washington Nationals host the Mets. That means his main competition, New York ace Jacob deGrom, will be watching from the opposing dugout.

TORONTO (AP) — Time is running out for the late-surging Rays, but they keep on winning. Tampa Bay goes for its sixth consecutive victory when the team opens its final road series of the season with the first of four games at Toronto. The surprising Rays have won 14 of 17 in September and trail Oakland by 5½ games for the second AL wild card with 11 remaining.

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has reinstated Russia, ending a nearly three-year suspension caused by state-sponsored doping. WADA says its 12-member executive committee voted to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency “subject to strict conditions.” The move came despite a wave of fierce criticism from anti-doping figures — some within WADA itself — and from athletes around the world opposed to Russia being reinstated without taking full responsibility for what has been labeled systematic doping.

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