Yankees get some help
UNDATED (AP) — A clean-shaven Andrew McCutchen is expected to join the Yankees when they host Detroit Saturday, a day after being acquired from San Francisco. The 2013 NL MVP will take over right field duties with slugger Aaron Judge still recovering from a broken right wrist. The Yankees also acquired Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY’-nee eh-cheh-vah-REE’-uh) in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, bringing in a veteran infielder to back up injured shortstop Didi Gregorius, who could come off the disabled list this weekend.
Left-hander Daniel Norris will be activated from the DL to start for the Tigers Saturday against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
Among other games on the Saturday schedule:
— Left-hander Steven Matz takes the mound for the Mets in the second game of their series at San Francisco. In his previous outing Matz tied his season high by going seven innings. Lefty Derek Holland starts for the Giants, who have won five of his last six starts, although he’s only gotten credit for victories in two of those games.
— Patrick Corbin pitches for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. He is 1-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles this season. The Dodgers trail Arizona by one game and will start Clayton Kershaw, who is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA, 46 strikeouts and three walks since the All-Star break.
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No. 1 Alabama opens title defense against Louisville
UNDATED (AP) — Nick Saban’s choice as Alabama’s quarterback will finally be revealed publicly when either Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa (tag-oh-vay-LOH’-ah) walks on the field Saturday night against unranked Louisville.
Hurts is 26-2 as the Crimson Tide starter but watched the second half of last season’s national championship game from the sideline as then-freshman Tagovailoa replaced him and rallied the team past Georgia in overtime.
Whoever starts will face enormous expectations of leading the top-ranked Crimson Tide to another national championship.
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino believes his team is prepared for either quarterback and is more focused on how his offense proceeds without quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Heisman Trophy winner who is now with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.
The game in Orlando, Florida, is one of 16 games Saturday involving Top 25 teams.
Raikkonen takes pole, Vettel 2nd, to boost Ferrari at Monza
MONZA, Italy (AP) — Ferrari will be hopeful of ending an eight-year wait for a win at its home track after taking the front two places on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix for the first time since 2000.
Surprisingly, it was Kimi Raikkonen who edged his teammate and title hopeful Sebastian Vettel in qualifying on Saturday to clinch only his second pole position in 10 years.
Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton was third fastest.
Vettel thought he had secured pole as he outpaced Hamilton on the final lap and appeared to celebrate before being told on team radio that he had been beaten by Raikkonen.
Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks, President Joko Widodo (JOH’-koh WEE’-doh-doh) said in a surprise announcement Saturday that highlights the rising ambition of the giant but long underperforming Southeast Asian nation.
Jokowi, who is campaigning for a second term, made the announcement at a meeting in Bogor with the presidents of the International Olympic Committee and the Asian Olympic Committee.
IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the candidacy of Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, saying that the Asian Games provided a “strong foundation” for the country’s 2032 bid. He said Indonesia has shown that it has all the ingredients to hold the Olympics successfully.