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September 26, 2018

MLB-SCHEDULE

Day-night doubleheader in Boston

UNDATED (AP) — There’s a day-night doubleheader in Boston, after Tuesday night’s game against Baltimore was called off because of rain.

David Price is set to start the first game for the Red Sox against Jimmy Yacabonis.

Boston ace Chris Sale starts the nightcap, giving him one more chance to work his way back into form after missing a month with a shoulder injury. The left-hander threw 73 pitches in 3 1/3 innings in his last start, the longest outing of his three since returning from the disabled list.

The Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-2 on Monday night to earn their record 106th victory and clinch home-field advantage through the postseason. Baltimore is 45-111, tying the franchise record for losses set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Astros continue their series in Toronto, a day after clinching another AL West title. Houston reached 100 wins for the second straight season by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 behind Alex Bregman’s two-run homer. Houston was assured of first place hours later when second-place Oakland lost at Seattle. The Astros will open the Division Series at home against Cleveland on Oct. 5.

— The Nationals will give 26-year-old right-hander Kyle McGowin his first start in the majors, a day after Max Scherzer became the 17th pitcher since 1900 to strike out 300 batters in a season. Scherzer reached the milestone by fanning 10 in seven innings in an otherwise meaningless 9-4 victory over the Miami Marlins. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start this afternoon’s game for Miami.

— NL Cy Young Award candidate Jacob deGrom will make his final start of the season against the NL East champion Atlanta Braves and Sean Newcomb. It’s also is the last chance for deGrom to have a winning record and reach double digits in victories. He’s 9-9. DeGrom has a record 23 consecutive quality starts, 28 starts in a row allowing three runs or fewer and a 1.77 ERA.

— Felix Hernandez will make the 403rd start of his big league career and his first as an American citizen. The 32-year-old from Venezuela became a naturalized citizen during a ceremony in Seattle on Monday. On the mound, it’s been a disappointing season for the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, who had a long run as one of baseball’s best pitchers. He was briefly demoted to the bullpen last month, and his 5.46 ERA is nearly a full run higher than his career-worst. He faces the playoff-bound Oakland Athletics and resurgent veteran Edwin Jackson, who is 6-3 with a 3.18 ERA.

RYDER CUP

Bubba battling a bug at the Ryder Cup

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Bubba Watson says he is battling sickness at the Ryder Cup.

The American player says a bug “started through the locker room” last week and that a lot of players got sick.

He didn’t say if other players in the American team at Le Golf National outside Paris had been affected, but added: “Traveling all the way over here, we’re all battling something.”

This week’s clash between Europe and the United States takes place outside Paris, at Le Golf National.

The Europeans haven’t lost on home soil in 25 years.

RUSSIAN DOPING-CAS

Russia track federation appeals to CAS to lift doping ban

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it has filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn its doping ban from track and field competition.

The country’s track team was banned by the IAAF in November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation found widespread drug use by elite Russian athletes.

The new legal challenge at CAS follows WADA’s decision last week to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency after compromising on two key criteria — an admission of wrongdoing by the Russian government and access to evidence stored at the Moscow anti-doping laboratory.

The Russian track federation says its appeal asks for the same two criteria to be dropped from the list of demands the IAAF has made.

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