Update on the latest sportsAP
Padres dump Giants
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants’ lead in the National League West is down to one game over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. hit his NL-leading 39th home run and the San Diego Padres improved their playoff position with a 7-4 win over the Giants. Tommy Pham and Manny Machado each drove in two runs, and Adam Frazier and Austin Nola had three hits apiece.
Giants starter Kevin Gausman lost for the first time since July 30, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in five innings.
The outcome puts the Padres a half-game behind the Cardinals for the second NL wild card.
In Thursday’s other major league action:
— The Reds avoided a three-game sweep and gave their wild-card hopes a boost with a 1-0 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Tyler Mahle (MA’-lee) improved to 12-5 by holding the Pirates to five hits, all singles, over six innings. Asdrubel (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to help the Reds get within one game of St. Louis for the second NL wild card.
— Chad Pinder furnished a two-run single while the Athletics scored four in the third inning of a 7-2 win at Kansas City. Josh Harrison was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored as the A’s pulled within three games of an AL wild-card berth. Royals catcher Salvador Perez slammed his 45th home run of the year, tying Johnny Bench for the most by anyone playing at least 75 percent of his games behind the plate.
— The Angels continued their recent mastery of the White Sox with a 9-3 win at Chicago. Alex Cobb allowed two hits over five shutout innings, his first start since July 23. Luis Rengifo (rehn-HEE’-foh) and Jose Rojas homered and Jack Mayfield delivered a three-run double as the Angels beat the AL Central leaders for the 15th time in their last 19 meetings.
— The Rockies and Braves were rained out in Atlanta. The bad weather could force the two teams to make up the game after the regular season ends if the contest has any bearing on the NL East race. The two clubs don’t have any matching days off.
Ohtani has sore arm, may not pitch again this season
CHICAGO (AP) — Two-way star Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) won’t pitch Friday for the Los Angeles Angels because of a sore right arm that could sideline him as a pitcher for the rest of the season.
Ohtani felt soreness while playing catch Wednesday. Manager Joe Maddon raised the possibility of the likely AL MVP being shut down on the mound for the rest of the season. Maddon said there are currently no plans for Ohtani to be examined by a doctor, nor has it been determined when he would try to resume playing catch.
Ohtani hasn’t pitched since Sept. 10, when he was tagged for six runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in a loss at Houston.
Giants try to extend win streak vs Washington
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The New York Giants visit Washington Thursday night looking to win a sixth meeting in a row between the NFC East rivals.
Quarterback Daniel Jones is 4-0 against Washington and 4-19 against the rest of the NFL. The Giants swept the series in Joe Judge’s first season as coach in 2020 even though Washington went on to win the division. Washington coach Ron Rivera last beat New York in 2018 while with Carolina.
Taylor Heinicke (HY’-nih-kee) is expected to start at quarterback for Washington after Ryan Fitzpatrick injured his right hip in the season opener.
NHL expects 98% of players to be vaccinated before season
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL says it expects 98% of its players to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the season. The league says that would mean only 10 to 15 players will not be vaccinated by the time the season begins Oct. 12.
The league and the Players’ Association did not impose a vaccine mandate on players, but coaches and staff must be vaccinated as a condition of employment. Columbus recently replaced assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre because he declined to be vaccinated.
Teams will be able to suspend unvaccinated players without pay if they cannot participate in hockey activities as part of the protocols, which could include games in Canada.
Fully vaccinated players will have any COVID-19 positives treated as hockey injuries and still be paid. Unvaccinated players also will have their movements restricted when on the road. And there will still be regular coronavirus testing for vaccinated players.
In other NHL news:
— The Buffalo Sabres’ cross-border rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs is heading outdoors. The NHL says the two teams will meet in the Heritage Classic on March 13 in Hamilton, Ontario, with the Sabres listed as the home team. Buffalo becomes the first U.S.-based team to compete in what will be the sixth Heritage Classic, which is part of the NHL’s outdoor series of games. It’s traditionally set in Canada, featuring matchups of Canadian teams. Hamilton is about midway between Toronto and Buffalo.
Reavie leads through 18 in Napa
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Chaz Reavie is the first-round leader in the Fontinet Championship.
Reavie opened with a 7-under 65 that included a 30 on the front nine. He’s one shot ahead of Cameron Tringale (trihn-GAH’-lee) and Adam Hadwin at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
Max Homa and Jason Dufner are at 5 under, as are Nate Lashley, Scott Stallings and Troy Merritt.