Three day games
UNDATED (AP) __ The Yankees and Red Sox continue their series in Boston as one of three late afternoon starts on the major league schedule.
New York is going with 11-7 Hiroki Kuroda, who's been the team's most dependable starter this season. He tossed eight innings of shutout ball in his last start and has not allowed a run in five of his last seven outings to lower his ERA to 2.33. Boston goes with 7-10 John Lackey who is 0-4 in his last five starts.
Pittsburgh hosts Arizona in another of the day games. The Pirates turn to Jeff Locke, who has struggled recently despite a 9-3 record and 2.43 ERA. He gave up just one earned run in 5 2-3 innings in a no-decision in his last start. Prior to that he went 0-1 with a 4.96 ERA in his previous three starts.
The Cardinals visit the Cubs in the only other day action.
The Dodgers trot out the major league ERA leader for the continuation of their series in Philadelphia tonight. Clayton Kershaw is sporting a 1.88 ERA and an 11-7 record this season. He also enters the game seven strikeouts back of the Mets' Matt Harvey for the NL lead.
Kershaw will be opposed by 10-9 Kyle Kendrick, who gave up 11 singles in 5 1-3 innings to Washington in his last start.
Felix Hernandez continues his push for Cy Young Award consideration when he pitches for Seattle in Texas against the AL West leading Rangers. The 2010 AL Cy Young winner is 12-5 and leads the AL with a 2.28 ERA and is second with 178 strikeouts. Hernandez tossed eight shutout innings of four-hit ball last time out and has worked eight or more innings eight times this season.
Detroit goes with 10-6 Doug Fister at home against Kansas City tonight. He's coming off a rare loss that followed four straight victories.
Mat Latos tries to keep his post-All-Star-break run going when he gets the start for Cincinnati at Milwaukee. He's 4-0 with a 1.32 ERA in the second half of the season.
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Roll Tide! Alabama No. 1 in AP preseason poll
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1.
Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as they try to become the first team to win three straight national titles.
Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.
The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.
Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.
Heavy rain suspends play
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Patrick Reed was the leader heading into the third round of the PGA's Wyndham Championship. Reed fired a 6-under-par 64 yesterday for an 11-under total, one shot ahead of John Huh and two better than 20-year old Jordan Spieth (speeth).
Officials moved up the start time for today's round in an effort to avoid rain in the forecast. But it didn't work -- play has been suspended because of heavy rain.
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Kenny Perry had a one-shot lead over three others when second-round play began at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Perry opened with a 7-under-par 65 that included a birdie on 18.
Brothers Brad and Bart Bryant share second with Joel Edwards.
PARKER, Colo. (AP) — Europe had a 5-3 lead over the United States before today's play at the Solheim Cup in Colorado.
It's the second straight time that Europe has led heading into the second day, winning in 2011 in Ireland. It has never won the Solheim Cup away from home.
Kiprotich wins marathon, Bolt up for 200 final
MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich (KIHP'-roh-tich) has become the first non-Kenyan since 2005 to win the men's marathon gold medal at the world championships.
The Ugandan broke away from Boston Marathon champ Lelisa Desisa (leh-LEE'-sah deh-SEE'-sah) of Ethiopia on Saturday in the shaded park around Moscow's Luhzniki Stadium. He celebrated with a little dance past the finish line.
Another Ethiopian, Tadese Tola, took bronze on a warm afternoon in the Russian capital.
Kiprotich beat two Kenyans at the London Olympics, but none were in the top three for the first time at the world championships since 2005.
Later Saturday, 100-meter champion Usain Bolt will be seeking to win a second gold medal in the 200.