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MLB-AL WILD CARD

Bosox goes through 6

BOSTON (AP) – The major league playoffs have started with the American League game between the Boston Red Sox and the visiting New York Yankees.

The Red Sox were leading 4-1 in six innings. Boston struck quickly as Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) started a home run with two outs and two runs against Yankees starter Gerrit Cole in the bottom of the first.

Kyle Schwarber added a solo third shot to make it 3-0. Alex Verdugo (vur-GOO’-goh) restored the Bosox’s three-point lead with a brace produced in the sixth, a half-inning after Anthony Rizzo’s solo shot against Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee ).

It was a great outing by Eovaldi, who allowed just three more hits while striking out eight in 5-1 / 3 innings.

Cole was relieved with two on and no one off, charged with three runs and four hits.

MLB-PLAYOFFS

McClanahan to start ALDS for Rays opener

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Tampa Bay southpaw Shane McClanahan will start the Rays’ AL Division Series opener against the Red Sox or Yankees on Thursday.

Rookie Shane Baz (bahz) will take the mound for Game 2 on Friday night. According to the use of the bullpen in the first two games, manager Kevin Cash has said that Drew Rasmussen is the “very likely” starter in Game 3.

In other playoff news:

– Astros left-hander Framber Valdez will start ALDS Game 2 against the White Sox, after Game 1 starter Lance McCullers Jr. Valdez won a career-high 11 games this season with 125 strikeouts. stick and a 3.14 ERA in 22 starts. Chicago manager Tony La Russa hasn’t named his starting pitchers.

– Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes will start Game 1 of the NL Division Series with the Braves on Friday. Milwaukee also said right-hander Brandon Woodruff will start Game 2 on Saturday. The Braves go with right-hander Charlie Morton for the opening and left-hander Max Fried for Game 2.

– Two missing Dodgers pitchers win almost as much as the Rays’ entire major league roster before the playoffs. The defending champions Dodgers currently have more than three times the payroll of the Rays, the team they beat in last year’s World Series. The Dodgers had a payroll of $ 260.9 million, the highest in the major leagues, on August 31.

MLB-NEWS

Rockies make deals with Senzatela and Cron

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have agreed to negotiate with right-hander Antonio Senzatela and first baseman CJ Cron.

Senzatela’s $ 50.5 million five-year contract includes a club option for 2027. He was 4-10 with a 4.42 ERA in 28 starts last season.

Cron will renege on a two-year, $ 14.5 million contract. He reached 0.281 with 28 homers leading the team after signing a stand-alone agent contract last February.

Also in the majors:

– Shortstop Alcides (al-SEE’-dehs) Escobar agreed to a one-year, $ 1 million contract to stay with the Nationals. Escobar produced 0.288 with 21 doubles, two triples, four homers and 28 RBIs in 75 games for the Nationals after signing with the club in July. The 2015 All-Star is a .259 lifetime hitter with 245 doubles and 470 RBIs in 12 major league seasons.

–Former major league player and general manager Eddie Robinson has died at the age of 100. Robinson was the oldest former major league player, the last surviving member of the 1948 Cleveland Indians World Championship team. He played 13 years in the majors and was general manager of the Rangers from 1976 to 1982.

NBA-NEWS

Irving misses first practice after Nets return to New York

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Kyrie Irving did not train with the Brooklyn Nets, again staying away from the team amid questions about his availability to play in New York due to the city’s vaccination mandate.

Coach Steve Nash has had no further updates on the status of his All-Star goalkeeper, but said the team are backing him.

Irving did not say if he had been vaccinated against COVID-19, asking for confidentiality when asked about his status during the team’s media day on September 27. He was not with his teammates that day at Barclays Center, appearing via Zoom instead.

New York has a mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for athletes who play or train in the city.

Also in NBA:

– Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAWL ‘) has announced his retirement from basketball, ending a career spanning more than two decades that has earned him two NBA titles and a world championship gold with the team Spanish national. Gasol, 41, had already bid farewell to international basketball in August after Spain lost to the United States in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics. Gasol won his two NBA titles with the Lakers.

NFL-NEWS

Chiefs add wide receiver Josh Gordon to 53-man roster

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs add Josh Gordon to their 53-man roster and the wide receiver is set to play in the rematch of the AFC title game on Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills.

The Chiefs signed Gordon to the practice squad last week on the assumption that he would join the active roster when he learned enough from the playbook. He had just been reinstated by the NFL after his sixth suspension for violating league policies. The Chiefs are hoping his size and athleticism will provide another option alongside Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in their passing attack.

In other NFL news:

– The Cowboys release linebacker Jaylon Smith in what could be seen as a cost-cutting measure due to guaranteed pay next season in the event of an injury. Smith’s role had been reduced with the presence of rookie Micah Parsons and the move from Keanu Neal to safety linebacker.

–Jaguars owner Shad Khan publicly berated head coach Urban Meyer for what he called “inexcusable” behavior at an Ohio bar over the weekend. Meyer’s actions were filmed and broadcast on social media, one showing a young woman dancing near Meyer’s lap as he sits on a bar stool. A second, more damning video appears to show Meyer touching the woman’s butt.

–A person familiar with the matter says the Dolphins traded receiver and returner Jakeem Grant to the Bears. Grant for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2023 draft.

NCAA-TRANSFERS

NCAA waiver will help football teams replace transfers

NO DATE (AP) – The NCAA Division I board has approved a one-year waiver that will allow football teams to register up to seven players to replace those leaving the program. This measure aims to deal with an increasing number of transfers.

Current NCAA rules state that a team cannot sign more than 25 players for a scholarship per year. But more and more players are switching teams and an additional year of eligibility has been granted to athletes who competed during the pandemic last year. This makes coaches fear that they will not be able to replenish their rosters.

GOLF-LPGA-MAJOR

‘Dinah’ leaving desert as LPGA major secures new sponsor

NO DATE (AP) – The LPGA has said that Chevron has accepted a six-year contract as the title sponsor of the event currently known as ANA Inspiration. Chevron takes over in 2023 and plans to move the tournament near the company’s headquarters in Houston.

Next April will mark the end of 40 years of the only female major played on the same course at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

INDYCAR SATO

Rahal drops Sato

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The IndyCar future of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato is uncertain after Rahal Letterman Lanigan said the Japanese driver will not return to the squad next year.

Sato has raced in IndyCar since 2010 after seven seasons in Formula 1. The Tokyo native has driven for Rahal for the past four years, winning the 2020 Indy 500 among his four wins for the team.

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