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MLB strikeout leader Ray vs Rays newcomer Baz

UNDATED (AP) — Toronto left-hander Robbie Ray leads the majors with 233 strikeouts, tops the AL with a 2.64 ERA and is 12-5 going into this start at Tampa Bay.

Shane Baz, who will be making his major league debut after pitching for the United States at the Olympics, starts for Tampa Bay this evening.

The Blue Jays hold the second spot in the AL wild-card race, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees. The Rays lead the AL East. Ray is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 10 starts since a July 21 loss to Boston.

Also, in MLB:

— Ranger Suárez has provided a huge boost to the Phillies since moving into a starting role, and looks to build on that success against the Orioles at Camden Yards this evening. After beginning the season as a reliever, the 26-year-old lefty joined the rotation in early August. Stretched out slowly, Suarez has a 1.85 ERA in nine starts, allowing just one home run in those 43 2/3 innings. Overall, Suarez is 6-4 with a 1.50 ERA. He’s a big reason the Phillies are going into the final two weeks close to the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.

— Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers can clinch their first NL Central title since 2008 with even a split of their four-game series at home against St. Louis. The Brewers’ magic number for winning the division is three. They’ve already sealed their fourth consecutive playoff berth Saturday. Freddy Peralta (9-4, 2.69 ERA) starts the opener for Milwaukee. Jake Woodford (2-3, 4.30) pitches for the Cardinals, who hold the second spot in the NL wild-card race.

— White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón (12-5, 2.38) has won four straight starts for the second time this season as the AL Central leaders begin a series at Detroit this evening. Rodón (12-5, 2.38) is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two outings against the Tigers this year. Right-hander Matt Manning (4-6, 5.75) starts for Detroit.

T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Miami waiting to see status of QB King’s injured shoulder

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami quarterback D’Eriq King has a shoulder injury that will need further evaluation this week in the latest blow to the reeling Hurricanes. Coach Manny Diaz says King will meet with doctors again on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes fell out of the AP Top 25 on Sunday for the first time this season. They play lower-division Central Connecticut State on Saturday before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play against Virginia on Sept. 30.

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