Overcast skies at Churchill Downs...Siakam doubtful for Game 4...Yanks lose Paxton, gain Andujar
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Morning showers have given way to heavy overcast skies at Churchill Downs, though another wave of rain is expected before the Kentucky Derby goes off later in the day. A few rain-free hours have helped the main dirt track stay fast with the turf track listed as firm. Spectators seem prepared for the elements, with some carrying ponchos because umbrellas are banned.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Toronto Raptors say forward Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had is doubtful for tomorrow’s Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Philadelphia with a right calf contusion. Siakam was called for a flagrant foul when he stuck his right leg in the path of Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) during the fourth quarter of Game 3. Siakam left the game moments later and did not return.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have put pitcher James Paxton to the 10-day injury list. Paxton exited last night’s start after the third inning with left knee soreness and had an MRI today. But the Yankees have Miguel Andújar back after he missed 28 games because of a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. He’s batting fourth and playing third base today against the Minnesota Twins.
CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish starts for the Cubs today against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The four-time All-Star looks to build on his best start of the season after going six innings in a 9-1 victory at Arizona last week. Darvish allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked four. Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) starts for St. Louis. He went five innings in a win against Washington on Monday after missing a start because of tendinitis in his left knee.
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie right-hander Mike Soroka makes his fourth start for Atlanta tonight at Miami. The 21-year-old has a 2.76 ERA through eight career starts, including a 1.62 mark in three games this season. Trevor Richards gets the ball for the Marlins. The right-hander is winless in six starts even though opponents are batting .218 against him.