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Reds try to sweep Dodgers...Rays’ Snell tries for 19th win...Florence messes with college football schedule

September 12, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati will try to complete its first season sweep of the Dodgers when Anthony DeSclafani starts at Great American Ball Park. The Reds are 6-0 vs the defending NL champions this year and have slowed their chased for a playoff spot this season. Ross Stripling starts for Los Angeles. The franchises have been playing each other since the 1880s, dating to the Dodgers’ days in Brooklyn. This is the first year they haven’t won at least twice against Cincinnati.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rays left-hander Blake Snell goes for his major league-leading 19th win when he starts at home against Cleveland this afternoon. Snell is 18-5, a year after he went 5-7. Carlos Carrasco pitches for the Indians, who have a magic number of three for clinching their third straight AL Central title.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Brewers try to close ground on the NL Central-leading Cubs tonight in their final showdown of the regular season. Chicago beat Milwaukee 3-0 last night to stretch its division lead to two games. The Cubs will start right-hander Kyle Hendricks in the finale at Wrigley Field. He is 5-1 with a 2.90 ERA in his past eight starts. Chase Anderson counters for the Brewers. The right-hander has pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in a 4-0 win over Chicago on June 12.

UNDATED (AP) — Hurricane Florence has already caused the cancellation of a number of college football games, days before it reaches the East Coast. East Carolina told Virginia Tech officials that the Pirates won’t travel to Blacksburg to face the 13th-ranked Hokies. North Carolina State’s game against No. 14 West Virginia was wiped out, as was No. 18 UCF’s game at North Carolina. The decisions were made as Florence appears set to come ashore along the Carolina coastline by the weekend.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary is considering a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, with the cost of the games estimated at $5.23 billion. Calgary voters will decide on Nov. 13 whether they want to host the games. The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, cost about $7.7 billion.

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