Update on the latest sports
Ohtani starts for Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani makes his fourth start on the mound this season for the Los Angeles Angels after a two-day delay because he got hit on the right elbow by a fastball in Seattle last Sunday. The two-way star is also expected to hit against the AL champion Rays.
In other big-league action:
— The Dodgers are hoping to rebound after being swept by the Cubs in a Tuesday doubleheader — when Clayton Kershaw only lasted an inning, and Trevor Bauer couldn’t get through the fifth inning in the nightcap. Tonight, Walker Buehler starts for Los Angeles while Adbert Alzolay fills in for the injured Jake Arrieta for the Cubs.
— The New York Yankees have now won nine of their last 12, including a Tuesday night win over the Astros in New York, heading into tonight’s middle game of the three-game series.
— Cleveland ace Shane Bieber tries to keep up his string of strikeouts when he starts at Kansas City. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has fanned at least eight batters in a major league-record 18 straight starts.
— South Korean lefty Hyeon-jong Yang makes his first big league start after a pair of effective relief appearances for Texas. The 33-year-old who played 14 seasons in his homeland has allowed two runs in 8 2/3 innings since joining the Rangers. Yang will pitch at Minnesota.
— Tuesday’s rainout of the Mets-Cardinals game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader. Meanwhile, the Mets will see how ace Jacob deGrom fares this week. He was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday at St. Louis when he had trouble getting loose during a pregame stretch.
— The Reds and the White Sox wrap up their series in Cincinnati with an early afternoon game. Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) is on the mound for the White Sox against Sonny Gray of the Reds.
— After a doubleheader split on Tuesday, the Giants send Logan Webb to the mound for the series finale in Colorado against Jon Gray of the Rockies.
— The Phillies, who now have consecutive wins for the first time since they started the season 4-0, again host the Milwaukee Brewers.
— The skidding Detroit Tigers, losers of six straight and 11 out of 12, will try again in Boston against the first-place Red Sox.
— Yu Darvish starts for San Diego against JT Brubaker of the Pirates in the final game of their series in Pittsburgh.
— The Oakland Athletics, with the best record in the American league at 19-and-12, look for their fourth straight win in the third game of their series at home against Toronto.
— Atlanta lefty Max Fried will come off the 10-day injured list to start against the Nationals in Washington. He’s been out since mid-April with a strained hamstring. Right-hander Erick Fedde starts for Washington.
— Arizona Diamondbacks lefthander Luke Weaver is seeking his first road win in two years when he faces Pablo López of the Marlins in Miami.
— The Mariners, who’ve won four of their last six, send Yusei Kikuchi to the mound against the Orioles. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his last outing. Baltimore is going with John Means in the series finale in Seattle. He’s won two straight.
Blue Jays to return to Buffalo in June
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to their home away from home, Buffalo, New York, starting in June. And this time, they’ll have a limited number of fans in attendance. Forced from Canada by that government’s coronavirus travel restrictions, the Blue Jays will be back at Sahlen Field, the regular home of the Blue Jays’ Triple-A farm team. Toronto played its first two homestands at its spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, and will play its third there from May 14-24. But the Blue Jays did not want to remain in Florida for the hotter months.
NBA’s top two teams hope to continue win streaks
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The two teams tied for the top spot in the NBA’s Western Conference are both in action tonight, hoping to remain hot. The Phoenix Suns, winners of five straight, are in Atlanta to play the Hawks, while the Utah Jazz, who’ve won their last two, host the San Antonio Spurs.
In other NBA action:
— The Portland Trail Blazers wrap up a six-game road trip against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
— The Boston Celtics — hoping to avoid falling into the post-season’s play-in round — are in Orlando to face the Magic.
— The Philadelphia 76ers — who’ve won five straight to stay ahead of Brooklyn atop the Eastern Conference — take on the Rockets in Houston.
— The Knicks, winners of 12 of their last 13, continue a six-game swing through the Western Conference in Denver against the Nuggets.
— The Washington Wizards begin a five-game road trip in Milwaukee.
— The Indiana Pacers host Sacramento in the first of three straight at home.
— The Memphis Grizzlies play in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche, closing in on the Vegas Golden Knights atop the NHL’s West Division, are in San Jose to wrap up their season series against the Sharks. Colorado is 6-and-1 against San Jose this season.
Vegas, meanwhile, plays again at Minnesota. The Wild have beaten the Knights five times in seven matchups this season.
Also on the NHL schedule:
— The Tampa Bay Lighting — with a record of 5-0-and-1 in their last six games — return home for two games against Dallas. The Stars are four points behind Nashville for the division’s fourth and final spot in the playoffs.
— The Predators wrap up a two-game series in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.
— After knocking the Rangers out of playoff contention Monday night, the Washington Capitals wrap up their eight-game season series against the Rangers in New York.
— The Montreal Canadiens skate against the Senators in Ottawa. The Senators have won six of their last eight.
— The St. Louis Blues — who are 5-1-and-1 against Anaheim this season — host the Ducks once more.
— The Winnipeg Jets have lost seven in a row heading into tonight’s game in Calgary.
— The Arizona Coyotes — five points behind St. Louis for the West Division’s final playoff spot — host the Los Angeles Kings.
Madrid Open: Nadal cruises past Spanish teenage sensation
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal has cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Madrid Open. Nadal was never threatened by the youngster who has been considered the next promising star in Spain. The 120th-ranked Alcaraz turned 18 on Wednesday. He has been touted by many as the successor to the 34-year-old Nadal. He was coming off his first victory at a Masters 1000 event and had called the match against his idol a “dream come true.” After the match the 20-time Grand Slam champion said Alcaraz has “enormous potential” and that “all he needs is some time.”