Nola faces Lester in Philly...Ohtani due back on the mound...Gates gets another year with the Chargers
Sep. 02, 2018
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There's a marquee matchup in Philadelphia this afternoon as Aaron Nola starts for playoff-contending Phillies against Jon Lester and the NL Central-leading Cubs. Nola is 15-3 with a 2.10 ERA and has only given up more than two runs once in his last 12 starts. Lester is 14-5 with a 3.67 ERA.
HOUSTON (AP) — Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani (SHOH'-hay oh-TAH'-nee) is set to pitch tonight against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The two-way sensation from Japan hasn't been on the mound in the majors since spraining the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow nearly three months ago. Gerrit Cole starts for AL West-leading Houston.
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams meets Kaia Kanepi (KY'-uh kuh-NEP'-ee) today in a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open. The 44th-ranked Estonian upset top-ranked Simona Halep in the first round and is seeking her second consecutive quarterfinal in Flushing Meadows. U.S. Open champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens also are in action today.
UNDATED (AP) — Antonio Gates has re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers for his 16th season. The Chargers today announced a one-year deal with the 38-year-old tight end, the leading receiver in franchise history. In April the Chargers announced they wouldn't be bringing Gates back, but their plans changed when starting tight end Hunter Henry tore a knee ligament during offseason workouts. Gates' 30 receptions last season were his fewest since his rookie year in 2003. He still set the NFL career record with his 112th touchdown reception as a tight end.
UNDATED (AP) — Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing substances policy. The penalty was announced by the league today. Schmidt says he did not intentionally take a banned substance and "will not accept being labeled a cheater." The Golden Knights say they disagree with the suspension, and that they believe the presence of a trace of a banned substance was accidental.