Betts sits out, Judge returns...Vikings sign Bailey...Waiters not ready to play...Patton has surgery
NEW YORK (AP) — Red Sox star Mookie Betts will sit out tonight’s series opener against the Yankees in New York after injuring his left side on Sunday, while the Yankees are getting Aaron Judge back. He’s returning to the starting lineup for the first time since breaking his right wrist on July 26. Boston leads the AL East by 11½ games and can clinch the division by beating the second-place Yankees.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer threw to hitters for the first time since breaking his right leg last month and hopes to be back on the mound for Cleveland in time for the postseason. The right-hander pitched three simulated innings of about 17-to-19 pitches per inning. He has been sidelined since he was struck on the lower leg by a line drive off the bat of Chicago’s Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) on Aug. 11.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed kicker Dan Bailey to replace rookie Daniel Carlson, who was waived after missing three field goals on Sunday against Green Bay. Baily was released by the Dallas Cowboys right before the regular season in a cost-saving move following an injury-plagued season. Bailey has the second-best field goal percentage in NFL history. To make room for him, the Vikings waived wide receiver Stacy Coley.
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will begin this season as he finished last season — unable to play. The team says Waiters hasn’t recovered enough from left ankle surgery to be ready for the start of training camp next week. Heat President Pat Riley says it’s unlikely that Waiters will be ready for the start of the regular season. Waiters was told when he had the procedure in mid-January that he could be sidelined for up to 10 months.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves center Justin Patton has had surgery for a broken foot for the second straight year and is out indefinitely. Patton sustained the same injury, a fractured fifth metatarsal, on his left loot last year after he was drafted 16th overall out of Creighton.