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September 23, 2018


Happ gets playoff prep for wild card-bound Yanks

UNDATED (AP) — The Yankees now know they’ll be playing in the AL wild-card game on Oct. 3, and J.A. Happ on track to be their starter.

Happ is scheduled to start Sunday against Boston, and would be on normal rest next Friday at Boston and for the wild-card game.

The left-hander allowed one run and two hits over six innings to win on Sept. 4 at Oakland, New York’s probable wild-card opponent. Happ is 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA for New York after he was acquired from Toronto.

New York clinched a wild-card berth with a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in 11 innings on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the majors Sunday:

— The Tampa Bay Rays will look to keep their faint postseason hopes alive behind streaking left-hander Blake Snell in their series finale against Toronto. Snell is 8-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his past eight starts, striking out 63 over 46 innings in that stretch. The Blue Jays will counter with lefty Ryan Borucki, who pitched eight shutout innings to beat Baltimore in his previous outing. The Rays would need a collapse by Oakland in the season’s final week to earn a wild-card berth. If not, the A’s would face the Yankees in the winner-take-all game.

— The St. Louis Cardinals shouldn’t expect to need an offensive outburst to maintain their position in the NL wild-card race. Sunday’s starter against San Francisco, Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-lahs), is 16-0 when receiving two or more runs of support. St. Louis holds the second wild-card position behind the Milwaukee Brewers, with the Colorado Rockies chasing.

— The Braves host the Phillies again, a day after Atlanta clinched its first NL East crown since 2013. Anibal Sanchez starts for the Braves against Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola, who is 6-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 10 career starts against Atlanta.


Bengals join Panthers in wearing “One Carolina” stickers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.

The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read “One Carolina” on the back of their helmets for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bengals said on Twitter “we send our well wishes to all who were affected.”

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina —an area hit particularly hard by the hurricane— received an invite from Panthers coach Ron Rivera to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum before the game.

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