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September 22, 2018


Braves can clinch NL East title

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves can clinch their first NL East title since 2013 by beating Philadelphia Saturday afternoon at home.

The Braves are skipping Sean Newcomb’s spot, moving up Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) to start against Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET’-uh). Newcomb will be available out of the bullpen for the remainder of the weekend but could still make another start in the final week of the regular season, according to manager Brian Snitker.

The Braves moved closer to the division crown with a 6-5 win over the Phillies flast night.

Elsewhere in the majors Saturday:

— The Red Sox go for their 106th win, which would break a team record that’s more than a century old. Boston is 105-49 after beating Cleveland in a matchup of AL division champions to tie the club mark set in 1912. Rick Porcello, the team leader in wins at 17-7, starts for the Bosox at Progressive Field against Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur).

— Aaron Judge and the Yankees can clinch their second straight AL wild-card slot if they beat Baltimore and Tampa Bay loses to Toronto. New York also is trying to stay ahead of Oakland to host that one-game playoff on Oct. 3.

— Adam Wainwright makes his first start for St. Louis since pitching six shutout innings to beat the Dodgers last weekend. The 37-year-old righty has missed most of the season because of elbow trouble. The longtime ace is making a bid to re-establish himself in the rotation as the Cardinals push for a playoff spot. Wainwright will be facing the Giants at Busch Stadium.

— Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez plans to play the final game of his 16-season career when the Tigers host Kansas City. The five-time All-Star announced he will sit out Sunday’s series finale, then accompany the team on its final road trip without playing.

— Jon Lester starts for the NL Central-leading Cubs when they travel across Chicago to visit the White Sox. Lester is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. Lucas Giolito is set to pitch for the Chisox.


Meyer returns to Buckeyes’ sideline

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coach Urban Meyer will be back on the Ohio State sideline Saturday after serving a three-game suspension. He sat out after the university determined he mismanaged the behavior of former assistant Zach Smith when Smith was accused of domestic abuse.

The No. 4 Buckeyes did just fine without him, taking down TCU last week to run their record to 3-0 under acting coach Ryan Day. Ohio State hosts heavy underdog Tulane.

In other games on the Top 25 schedule:

— Nick Saban and the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are set to face Jimbo Fisher and No. 22 Texas A&M. It is the latest matchup of Saban and one of his former pupils. Saban’s underlings haven’t fared well against him as head coaches. He has won all 12 such meetings, including a 24-7 opening win over Fisher’s Florida State team last season.

— No. 7 Stanford visits No. 20 Oregon in the day’s other game between Top 25 teams. The nationally televised game will most likely have implications for the division and the conference championship. It features two of the league’s marquee names, Cardinal running back Bryce Love and Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert.

— Second-ranked Georgia gets another road test with a visit to unbeaten Missouri. Georgia’s stifling defense will face its toughest challenge so far in trying to stop quarterback Drew Lock and the Tigers. Missouri will be trying to break through one of the nation’s best defenses. Both teams are 3-0.


Tiger Woods shares lead going into weekend at East Lake

ATLANTA (AP) — Not even one bad hole could keep Tiger Woods from a share of the 36-hole lead for the first time in more than five years.

Woods was on the verge of building a cushion Friday in the Tour Championship with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, only to make double bogey from the rough and a plugged lie in the bunker that forced him to play away from the hole at No. 16.

He finished with a two-putt birdie for a 2-under 68 to tie Justin Rose going into the weekend at East Lake.

Woods last shared the 36-hole lead in the 2015 Wyndham Championship. He wound up tied for 10th.

Rory McIlroy made enough birdies to offset his mistakes and had a 68. He was two back.


Tight leaderboard

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Four players share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

Jerry Smith and Steve Stricker each shot 30 on the front nine for a 7-under 63 and a piece of the lead with Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos are one shot back and one ahead of five others.


Harvick has Richmond pole

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has won the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Harvick turned a lap at 121.880 mph to edge hometown favorite Denny Hamlin in qualifying for the second race of NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs.

The pole is the third for Harvick this season and his 24th in 638 career starts.

Points leader and defending series champion Martin Truex Jr., will start third, followed by Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola. Brad Keselowski qualified eighth has he seeks his fourth straight victory.

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