2 Elite Eight contests tonight...Syndergaard vs Strasburg...Gray starts for Reds
UNDATED (AP) — The first two spots in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four will be decided tonight. The West Region contest pits top seed Gonzaga against No. 3 seed Texas Tech, while third-seeded Perdue takes on top seed Virginia in the South.
UNDATED (AP) — Injuries to key players could play a role in the outcome of tomorrow night’s Elite Eight games. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) said he doesn’t know whether a knee problem will sideline Cam Reddish again against Michigan State. The outlook appears bleaker for Auburn’s Chuma Okeke, who was hurt in last night’s upset win over North Carolina. Coach Bruce Pearl says the knee injury “could be serious.” The Tigers will take on Kentucky.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of baseball’s hardest-throwing starters square off in Washington today when the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard faces Stephen Strasburg. The Mets got the better of the Nationals on opening day when NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom edged Cy Young runner-up Max Scherzer.
NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton is set to make his first start with the Yankees following an offseason trade from Seattle. The Canadian left-hander faces the Orioles, who will use starter-turned-reliever Nate Karns as the major league’s first relief opener of 2019.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds righty Sonny Gray pitches against the Pirates this afternoon in Cincinnati. Gray is seeking a return to form after a frustrating 2018 season with the Yankees. He had a 4.90 ERA and struggled especially in the Bronx, leading to an offseason trade to Cincinnati. Trevor Williams starts for Pittsburgh.