Verlander takes on the Angels...Oakland faces the Twins....Serena OK with giving up catsuit
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Astros ace Justin Verlander is set to pitch against the Angels tonight in Anaheim. The right-hander earned his 200th win in his last start. He is 2-2 with a 5.57 ERA in August. The defending World Series champions have won three straight and four of their last five games to maintain a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland. Right-hander Jaime Barria starts for the Angels. He’s 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA over his last three starts following an 0-6 stretch.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) has given Oakland a major boost in its pursuit of the Astros in the AL West, and the right-hander will try to continue that trend tonight against Minnesota. Fiers is 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA, 21 strikeouts and one walk in three starts since being acquired from Detroit on Aug. 6. Fiers has a chance to help bump the Astros off the division lead, a year after making 28 starts for Houston. Rookie righty Stephen Gonsalves makes his second career start for the Twins.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton gave the Panthers an early injury scare before returning to help Carolina defeat the New England Patriots 25-14 in a preseason game last night. On the game’s opening drive, Newton scrambled out of the pocket on third-and-9 before recklessly diving head-first, landing on his head after getting upended by cornerback Jonathan Jones. Newton was forced to leave the game to be evaluated for a concussion, but returned four plays later and played the remainder of the first half.
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says her relationship with the French Open is fine despite the Grand Slam tournament’s plan to ban her skin-tight black catsuit. Williams says she has spoken with the French Tennis Federation president, who said in Tennis Magazine the outfit would no longer be accepted. Williams says she no longer needs to wear it because she found that compression tights also work to keep her blood circulating. She dealt with a health scare related to blood clots after giving birth to her daughter last Sept. 1, when she missed the U.S. Open.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A 19-year-old weightlifting record has fallen at the Asian Games. Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi set a record for the snatch in the 94-kilogram division when he lifted 189 kilograms today en route to the gold medal. Moradi went on to set a games record with a total of 410.