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Backstrom could be back...Surging Phillies in St. Louis...Rays look for fourth straight win

May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom could return to the Washington Capitals’ lineup for tonight’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final against the Lightning. Backstrom has missed Washington’s past four games with a right hand injury. Coach Barry Trotz called him a game-time decision and said early today that Backstrom had not yet been medically cleared. The center took part in the Capitals’ morning skate in Arlington, Virginia. Tampa Bay won Game 3, 4-to-2, after the Capitals won the first two games at Tampa Bay.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Odubel Herrera tries to extend his on-base streak to 43 games for the surging Phillies when they visit St. Louis. Philadelphia has won six of seven and, at 24-and-16, is eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels host a Rays team that has won three straight. Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer is 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA in seven starts against the Angels. Tyler Skaggs gets the ball for Los Angeles.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have placed rookie right-hander Mike Soroka on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain only hours before he was scheduled to start against the Chicago Cubs. The Braves recalled left-hander Max Fried from Triple-A Gwinnett to start the game against Chicago.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals say catcher Matt Wieters had an operation yesterday on his left hamstring. Wieters went on the 10-day disabled list last week after injuring his hamstring in a game on May 10.

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