Update on the latest sportsAP
The playoff pairings are set
NEW YORK (AP) — The pairings for the baseball playoffs are set. The field came together Sunday without the need for any tiebreakers.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees won on the final day of the regular season, and they’ll meet Tuesday night at Fenway Park in the AL wild-card game.
The San Francisco Giants won the NL West, dropping the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers into a wild-card game Wednesday night at home against St. Louis.
The best-of-five Division Series starts Thursday with the Chicago White Sox playing Houston and the Tampa Bay Rays taking on the AL wild-card winner.
On Friday, the Atlanta Braves play Milwaukee and the Giants host the NL wild-card winner.
Also in Major League Baseball:
— The status of Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez for the AL wild-card game against the Yankees is uncertain after he sprained his left ankle jogging out to his position Sunday. Martinez, usually a designated hitter, stumbled over a base while heading to right field between innings and was removed from Boston’s 7-5 victory at Washington in the regular-season finale.
— The Dodgers will see how first baseman Max Muncy is feeling, a day after he exited the season finale with an injured left elbow. Manager Dave Roberts says it’s “very unlikely” the slugger will play in the NL wild-card game Wednesday night against St. Louis at Dodger Stadium. Muncy was hurt when Milwaukee’s Jace Peterson bunted and got to first base just as the throw arrived. Peterson ran into Muncy’s arm and was called out for interference.
— The Yankees will be minus All-Star infielder DJ LeMahieu for the AL wild-card game after putting him on the 10-day injured list with a sports hernia. New York also transferred slugger Luke Voit to the 60-day injured list, ending the 2020 home run champion’s season. Meanwhile, infielder Gio Urshela had a pronounced limp after making a sensational catch in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tampa Bay that put the Yankees into the playoff. Manager Aaron Boone said there wasn’t any structural damage.
Tennis tour investigating abuse accusations against Zverev
LONDON (AP) — The men’s professional tennis tour has opened an investigation into a former girlfriend’s accusations of domestic abuse by Olympic gold medalist and 2020 U.S Open runner-up Alexander Zverev.
The ATP says it’s looking into “allegations concerning Alexander Zverev at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai in 2019.” ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli said the tour wants to “establish the facts and determine appropriate follow-up action.” The tour also said it has received a report offering recommendations for establishing a policy governing domestic violence.