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August 5, 2018


Red Sox look to sweep the Yankees

UNDATED (AP) — David Price and the Red Sox try for a sweep of the Yankees when they wrap a four-game series at Fenway Park Sunday night.

With Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on the disabled list, New York’s bats have been bottled up by Boston’s pitchers, with Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAHL’-dee) throwing gems the past two games. Price hopes to follow suit and make up for a miserable outing the last time he faced the Yankees, when he allowed a career-worst five homers in an 11-1 loss July 1.

Masahiro Tanaka starts for the Yankees, who have lost a season-high four in a row.

Boston is 8 1/2 games ahead of New York for the AL East. The teams play six more times in September.

In other games on the Sunday schedule:

— With the Braves in a tight race atop the NL East, right-hander Julio Teheran tries to stifle the Mets again when he starts the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field. Teheran is 9-6 with a 2.33 ERA in his career against New York and has permitted just two runs on 11 hits in 21 innings vs. the Mets this season. Rookie righty Corey Oswalt pitches for New York in place of injured Steven Matz. Oswalt beat San Diego in his last major league start July 25 for his first career win. The Mets are coming off a 3-0 win Saturday night that ended Atlanta’s five-game winning streak.

— Rookie Deck McGuire will start for the Angels in Cleveland against rookie Shane Bieber. The Angles called up McGuire from the minors after scheduled starter Tyler Skaggs went on the disabled list with a strained hip muscle. The Angels will also be without All-Star outfielder Mike Trout, who is missing his fourth straight game with a nagging right wrist injury. Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes is expected to be out of the starting lineup for several games due to hamstring tendinitis.

— Right-hander Tanner Roark starts for Washington when the Nationals conclude their four-game series against Cincinnati. Roark has won his last two starts. The Reds start righty Luis Castillo, who allowed six earned runs over five innings in Cincinnati’s 13-7 home loss to Washington on March 31.

— Reliever Robert Osuna joins the Astros after a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The World Series champs acquired the 2017 All-Star from Toronto on July 31 for Ken Giles in a swap of closers. The 23-year-old Osuna had a 2.93 ERA in 15 games for the Blue Jays this season when he was penalized. Osuna is expected to talk to the team before the game at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has been working out with Double-A Corpus Christi.


Angels star Trout out 4th straight game with sore wrist

UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout is missing his fourth straight game with a nagging right wrist injury.

Trout hasn’t played since injuring his wrist while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday in Tampa. The 26-year-old said Saturday night that he still has soreness in his wrist when he swings and throws.

After he was evaluated Sunday, manager Mike Scioscia (SOH’-shuh) chose to keep him out of the series finale against the Indians. Eric Young Jr. is again replacing Trout in center field for Sunday’s game.

Trout had expected to be back earlier, but his wrist has not responded to treatment as hoped. X-rays and an MRI revealed inflammation.

Trout is batting .309 with 30 home runs in 109 games.

In other baseball news:

— Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia has dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season, calling it “just chatter” and “poppycock.” Following Saturday’s game, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, citing unnamed sources, reported that Scioscia is expected to step down following his 19th season with the Angels. The longest-tenured manager in the majors is under contract only through this season. He signed a 10-year contract in 2008. Scioscia said Sunday that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends.

— Nationals star Bryce Harper might be hobbled for a bit after getting hit by a curveball in the right knee Saturday night. Harper struggled initially to put weight on the leg, but eventually made his way to first base. A half-inning later, he was replaced in right field by Adam Eaton. Washington reliever Ryan Madson hit Reds star Joey Votto with a pitch later, and an infuriated Votto yelled at Madson throughout the rest of the inning.


Colts left tackle expected to miss time with leg injury

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Andrew Luck could be missing his blind-side protector in Thursday night’s preseason opener at Seattle.

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo did not practice Sunday and coach Frank Reich says he is expected to miss “some time” after apparently re-injuring his right hamstring in Friday night’s practice.

Castonzo was injured initially during workouts between the end of Indy’s scheduled offseason workouts and the start of training camp. He was activated from the non-football injury list Wednesday.

It’s not yet clear who might replace the longtime starter.

The most likely candidate, Denzelle Good, also sat out with a hamstring injury Sunday. Other possibilities include Joe Haeg, who has started in three different spots over the last two seasons, and J’Marcus Webb, who was signed Monday.


Denny Hamlin to start from pole at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 will start from the pole Sunday for NASCAR’s Cup road race at Watkins Glen International.

The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the first car through the morning inspection process. All 12 drivers who made the final round of qualifying passed.

Hamlin traversed the 2.45-mile layout at 125.534 mph in qualifying on Saturday, just ahead of series points leader Kyle Busch.

Chase Elliott will start third in the No. 9 Chevy, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson. Joey Logano, who won the Xfinity race on Saturday, qualified sixth, followed by Aric Almirola, AJ Allmendinger, Erik Jones, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell.

The cars of Paul Menard, who qualified 14th, and Kurt Busch, who qualified 21st, were the only ones to fail inspection. Their times were disallowed and both Fords were sent to the rear of the 37-car field.


Peaty world record corrected to 57.10 after timing error

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Adam Peaty’s world record in the 100-meter breaststroke at the European Championships has been corrected to 57.10 seconds. That’s still a world record but one tenth of a second slower than the 57.00 time shown at Saturday’s race.

The European aquatics federation (LEN) says there was “a problem with the race timing equipment” during the first nine races of Saturday’s afternoon session, which included the 100 breaststroke final where Olympic champion Peaty improved his own previous best mark of 57.13.

LEN says “the starting mechanism had been incorrectly configured prior to the start of the session which resulted in all reported times being 0.10s faster due to a configuration delay of 0.10s.” LEN says it worked with the timing system operators to carry out extensive tests, which confirmed the system configuration error and has “revised all recorded times for the first nine races during that session.”

The other world record in the session, by Russian swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov in the 50-meter backstroke, has not been affected.

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