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Cy Young contenders on the mound...Boston tries to end skid...Bolt to make soccer debut

August 28, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — NL Cy Young Award candidates Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola share the mound for the second time in five days, this time at Nola’s home park in Philadelphia. Nola, who is 15-and-3, got the better of Scherzer and the Nationals last Thursday in Washington, pitching eight innings with nine strikeouts in a 2-0 victory. Scherzer, 16-and-6, held the Phillies to two runs over seven innings, taking his first loss since July 2.

CHICAGO (AP) — Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom and Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels take the mound at Wrigley Field for a matchup of two of baseball’s hottest pitchers. DeGrom, one of the leading contenders for the NL Cy Young Award, has a 1.26 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings over five August starts. Hamels is 4-0 with a sparkling 0.79 ERA in five starts since he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston tries to end a three-game skid against Miami right-hander Jose Urena, who is returning from a suspension for hitting breakout Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch. The Red Sox were swept by the Rays over the weekend — Boston’s first sweep of the season — and have lost six of eight to drop to 90-42. They’ll turn to lefty Brian Johnson to end that skid.

ATLANTA (AP) — Tampa Bay takes an eight-game winning streak into an interleague series at Atlanta. Relief pitcher Ryne Stanek will be the Rays’ opener in the first game of the series, opposing Braves right-hander Julio Teheran. Tampa Bay is coming off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, the first time Boston has been swept this season, and is a season-best nine games over .500 at 70-61.

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Usain Bolt will make his debut for an Australian soccer team, the Central Coast Mariners, in a pre-season exhibition game Friday against an amateur team. The eight-time Olympic sprinting gold medalist from Jamaica is on a tryout with the team, hoping to win a professional contract. He’s been practicing this week on the left wing and expects to play about 15 to 20 minutes at that position Friday.

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