Severino gets nod for Yanks, Hendriks for A’s...Showalter ends stint as skipper of Orioles... Starters named for Thursday’s NL wildcard,
NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Severino will start for the Yankees and reliever Liam Hendriks for the Athletics in tonight’s American League wild-card game in New York. The winner advances to a Division Series against Boston starting Friday.
UNDATED (AP) — Buck Showalter is out as manager of the Orioles. Showalter, a three-time AL Manager of the Year, led Baltimore to three playoff appearances. Once hailed for making baseball in that city relevant again, the 62-year-old Showalter was fired after a nightmare season in which the Orioles finished 47-115. It was the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954. Showalter’s contract expired at the end of October, and wasn’t renewed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO) will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Thursday’s Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. He went 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts. Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) is scheduled to pitch the opener for the NL East champion Braves. The Dodgers say Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 for the defending National League champions.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell has accepted a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. MLB had been investigating domestic violence allegations against Russell made by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy. Russell’s unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21. Russell will be eligible to return on May 3 against St. Louis, barring any postponements.
UNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have placed right tackle Donald Penn on injured reserve with a groin injury. Penn was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s 45-42 overtime win against the Cleveland Browns. Raiders coach Jon Gruden said the team is hopeful of getting Penn back later this season. Penn was the Raiders’ starting left tackle from 2014-2017. He started 170 consecutive games before suffering a foot injury in Week 15 last season.