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US Open begins...Morales goes for a record in Baltimore...Yankees host White Sox

August 27, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open starts today. American Sloane Stephens will begin the defense of a major title for the first time when she faces 80th-ranked Evgeniya Rodina of Russia. Six-time champion Serena Williams returns after missing last year’s U.S. Open for the birth of her daughter. And for the first time since Wimbledon in 2017, a tournament will have the entire men’s Big Four in the field: five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer, defending champ Rafael Nadal, two-time winner Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and 2012 champion Andy Murray.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kendrys (KEN’-drees) Morales will try to extend his home run streak when the Blue Jays open a three-game series in Baltimore tonight. Morales has homered in seven straight games for Toronto, one short of the major league record held by Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie David Hess pitches for the Orioles and Sam Gaviglio starts for Toronto.

NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound tonight when the banged-up Yankees host the White Sox. Carlos Rodon (roh-DAHN’) starts for Chicago, which has won nine of 12. The banged-up Yankees suddenly find themselves back within striking distance of first-place Boston in the AL East. They’ve won eight of nine to move within six games of the Red Sox.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitches for the Nationals tonight as Washington begins a three-game series in Philadelphia. Strasburg came off the disabled list last week after missing more than a month with a neck problem and gave up five runs in four innings vs. Philadelphia. His velocity dipped in his last inning. Zach Eflin starts for the Phillies.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Deondre Francois has been named Florida State’s starting quarterback. The junior beat out James Blackman and Bailey Hockman for the opportunity to start for the No. 19 Seminoles in the season opener against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Sept. 3. Francois threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2016 when he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s rookie of the year. He suffered a season-ending knee injury last year in the Seminoles’ opener against Alabama.

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