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Wednesday 09/23/2020
Pair freed after questioning in Tour de France doping probe
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 4:45 am

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Two people questioned in a Tour de France doping probe around the team of former runner-up Nairo Quintana have been released without charge, a French prosecutor said Wednesday.

LEADING OFF: Glasnow, Rays try to win AL East, Bieber ready
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:33 am

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Full circle: Haslem credits Crowder's dad for NBA career
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:33 am

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It didn’t take Jae Crowder very long after joining the Miami Heat to figure out who the veteran leader of the team was.

Patrick Mahomes shows off his scrambling ability
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:16 am

Patrick Mahomes showed he’s nearly as dangerous with his legs as he is with his arm.

Stanley Cup Faceoff: Stars, Lightning showing value of draws
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:16 am

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — When Ron Francis knew something was working on faceoffs, he would experiment and not use his best moves right away.

Miami takes 3-game skid into matchup with Atlanta
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Miami Marlins (28-27, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (33-22, first in the NL East)

Martinez, Cardinals to take on Duffy, Royals
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

St. Louis Cardinals (27-25, second in the NL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (22-33, fifth in the AL Central)

Los Angeles' Walsh puts 14-game hit streak on the line against Padres
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Los Angeles Angels (25-31, third in the AL West) vs. San Diego Padres (34-21, second in the NL West)

Webb expected to start for San Francisco against Colorado
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Colorado Rockies (24-30, fourth in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (27-27, third in the NL West)

Urias expected to start as Los Angeles hosts Oakland
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Oakland Athletics (33-21, first in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (39-16, first in the NL West)

New York visits Toronto, looks to build on Cole's solid performance
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

New York Yankees (32-23, second in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (28-27, third in the AL East)

Houser scheduled to start for Milwaukee against Cincinnati
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Milwaukee Brewers (27-27, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (28-28, third in the NL Central)

Mize, Tigers to take on Maeda, Twins
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Detroit Tigers (22-31, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (34-22, second in the AL Central)

Philadelphia takes 4-game slide into matchup with Washington
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Philadelphia Phillies (27-29, third in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (23-32, fifth in the NL East)

Wacha expected to start as New York hosts Tampa Bay
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Tampa Bay Rays (36-20, first in the AL East) vs. New York Mets (25-30, fourth in the NL East)

Eovaldi scheduled to start as Boston hosts Baltimore
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Baltimore Orioles (23-32, fourth in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (21-34, fifth in the AL East)

Astros visit the Mariners following Valdez's strong performance
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Houston Astros (28-27, second in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-31, fourth in the AL West)

Young expected to start for Arizona against Texas
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Texas Rangers (19-36, fifth in the AL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (21-34, fifth in the NL West)

Bieber scheduled to start as Cleveland hosts Chicago
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Chicago White Sox (34-21, first in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (31-24, third in the AL Central)

Pirates host the Cubs after Brault's strong outing
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 2:03 am

Chicago Cubs (32-23, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (16-39, fifth in the NL Central)

Dodgers clinch NL's top seed, West title with win over A's
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 1:17 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wrapping up an NL West title has become routine for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in a year in which no one was sure three months ago if there would be a baseball season, manager Dave Roberts wanted his team to still savor the moment.

Dickerson's pinch-hit homer helps keep Giants in playoff mix
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 1:01 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants got some timely swings off the bench to stay right in the playoff race.

Stassi, Canning lead Angels over playoff-bound Padres 4-2
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 12:45 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Max Stassi, Griffin Canning and the Los Angeles Angels cooled off the playoff-bound San Diego Padres two days after they clinched their first playoff spot in 14 seasons.

Maldonado, Valdez push Astros past Mariners 6-1
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 12:47 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Martin Maldonado hit a three-run home run, Framber Valdez struck out eight to set career highs for wins and strikeouts, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 on Tuesday night to close on their fourth straight playoff berth.

Nats sweep Phils, drop Philadelphia below playoff position
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 12:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies tumbled out of a playoff position, getting swept in a doubleheader by the Washington Nationals when Yadiel Hernández hit a game-ending, two-run homer in eighth inning off Brandon Workman for a 2-1 win in Tuesday night’s second game.

Kelly hits 3-run homer, Diamondbacks beat Rangers 7-0
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 12:31 am

PHOENIX (AP) — Carson Kelly had a three-run homer, Caleb Smith and Riley Smith combined to throw a six-hitter and the Arizona Diamondbacks rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Tuesday 09/22/2020
Murray, Nuggets hang on in Game 3, cut Lakers' lead to 2-1
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 12:15 am

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — They had just lost a playoff heartbreaker, and two nights later the Denver Nuggets quickly went from in control to in trouble.

Yankees' Lyons kept from game after lineup card mix-up
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 12:15 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tyler Lyons walked to the mound to relieve Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, then walked right back to New York’s dugout without throwing a pitch against Toronto.

Texas Tech softball coach resigns amid reported inquiry
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 12:15 am

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech softball coach Adrian Gregory resigned Tuesday, saying only that it was “best to part ways” amid a report that the program is the subject of school inquiry into the well-being of its players.

Twins top Tigers 5-4 in 10th, sit half-game behind White Sox
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 12:04 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As a gift from third baseman Josh Donaldson, each of the Minnesota Twins now have dark blue jersey-style bathrobes with their name across the back.

Clark's putback at buzzer lifts Storm past Lynx 88-86
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 11:45 pm

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — It's been a crazy 48 hours for the Seattle Storm and it was only fitting that their WNBA playoffs series opener had a wild finish.

Alonso, Mets put Rays' clinch party on hold with 5-2 win
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 11:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The thrifty Tampa Bay Rays have spent a decade trying to take down the big spenders in their division.

Gomber pitches playoff-hunting Cards to 5-0 win over Royals
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 11:16 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Austin Gomber heard longtime Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright say that his goal before pitching a complete game against Milwaukee last week was to throw no more than 12 pitches in any inning.

Pivetta sharp in Red Sox debut; Boston beats Orioles 8-3
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 11:05 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Nick Pivetta struck out eight in five innings of one-run ball in his Boston debut, Christian Vázquez hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 on Tuesday night.

Cole has sharp playoff prep as Yankees rout Blue Jays 12-1
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 11:05 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gerrit Cole limited the Toronto to five hits over seven innings in his final preparation for the playoffs, and Aaron Hicks drove in three runs in a 12-1 rout over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Ramírez, Indians clinch playoff spot with 5-3 win over WSox
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 11:05 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — With one sweet swing, José Ramírez pushed the Cleveland Indians into the playoffs and strengthened his case for the AL MVP award.

Ozuna, Braves beat Miami, clinch 3rd straight NL East title
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 10:30 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — After clinching their third straight NL East title, the Atlanta Braves set their sights on ended a much longer streak.

Cubs clinch playoff spot, Pirates win on Stallings HR in 9th
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 10:30 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs clinched a playoff spot under rookie manager David Ross, returning to the postseason after a one-year absence despite losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Tuesday night on a walk-off home run by Jacob Stallings.

Texas State coach, accused of racist comments, resigns
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 10:32 pm

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Texas State coach Danny Kaspar has resigned three months after a former player accused him of making racist remarks.

Brewers rally in 7th, bolster chances with 3-2 win over Reds
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 9:17 pm

CINCINNATI (AP) — Facing a loss that could have deeply dented their playoff chances, the Milwaukee Brewers pulled one out behind an infielder who hasn't been able to crack the starting lineup lately.

Wilson has 29 points, 7 blocks; Aces even series with Sun
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 9:17 pm

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 29 points, seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces past the Connecticut Sun 83-75 on Tuesday night to even the best-of-five playoff series at 1-1.

AP Sportlight
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 9:01 pm

Sept. 23

This Date in Baseball
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 9:01 pm

Sept. 23

Minnesota star WR Bateman wants to opt back into 2020 season
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 8:30 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman has decided to opt back in for the 2020 football season in light of the Big Ten's resumption of fall competition, contingent on the star junior gaining the necessary eligibility clearance.

Thomas delivers again with Tiger in course exhibition
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 7:45 pm

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Justin Thomas won his six-hole singles match and was closest to the pin on the decisive final hole as he and Tiger Woods won an exhibition match Tuesday that served as the grand opening of the Woods-designed Payne's Valley Golf Course at Big Cedar Lodge.

Jets sign WR Malone to active roster, place CB Maulet on IR
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 7:32 pm

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets signed wide receiver Josh Malone to the active roster Tuesday after he was elevated from the practice squad for the first two games.

Game on! Seattle, Minnesota set to start WNBA playoff series
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 7:32 pm

The Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx prepared to take the court Tuesday night, two days after Game 1 of their WNBA playoff semifinal was postponed because of inconclusive COVID-19 tests.

Angels SS Andrelton Simmons opts out of final 5 games
Posted: September 22, 2020 - 7:00 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels' season.

Bulls snag big name in coaching search, hire Billy Donovan
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 7:18 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Donovan wasn't on the market for long — hardly a shocker given he's won everywhere he's coached.

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