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Dodgers host Brewers in possible playoff preview

UNDATED (AP) — Clayton Kershaw starts at Dodger Stadium against Milwaukee Friday night to begin a season-ending, three-game series in a possible playoff preview.

The Brewers already have clinched the NL Central. The Dodgers are assured at least a wild-card spot. They’re trying to overtake San Francisco in the NL West.

Kershaw is 1-1 in three starts since missing more than two months with inflammation in his left forearm. Lefty Eric Lauer starts for Milwaukee. He’s 6-0 with a 1.89 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers.

Also on Friday night, the Yankees open a three-game series in the Bronx against the AL East-champion Rays. New York has a two-game wild-card lead over Boston, with Seattle and Toronto three games back. The Yankees’ magic number to clinch a postseason spot is two.

The Yankees have several stars on the mend as they jostle for a playoff spot. First baseman Luke Voit went on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a sore left knee. Infielder DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) was lifted in the sixth inning of Thursday night’s 6-2 win over the Blue Jays with right hip soreness. Outfielder Joey Gallo didn’t start the game after being hit by a pitch on the left forearm a day earlier.


No. 5 Iowa faces test at Maryland; No. 13 BYU and Utah State battle for Wagon Wheel

UNDATED (AP) — Maryland can start 5-0 for the first time since 2001 when it hosts No. 5 Iowa on Friday night. The Terrapins also have a chance for their first 2-0 start in Big Ten play since joining the conference before the 2014 season.

Iowa will try to continue an impressive start to the season that has landed the Hawkeyes in the top five and given them legitimate playoff hopes. Maryland hasn’t beaten a top-five team since a victory over No. 5 Florida State in 2004.

No. 13 BYU and Utah State play for in-state bragging rights Friday night in Logan, Utah, and the coveted “Old Wagon Wheel.” It’s become an iconic part of this rivalry since 1948. The Cougars have been in control of the wagon wheel the last two seasons. The two teams didn’t play last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Utah State is 5-62 all-time against AP-ranked teams. The Cougars are the highest-ranked team to pay a visit to Maverik Stadium since No. 6 Boise State in 2009.

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