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FILE - In this July 20, 2020 file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles during an exhibition baseball game in Baltimore.  Strasburg has been scratched from what was supposed to be his first start of the season for the Washington Nationals because of a nerve issue with his right hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced the news about four hours before the scheduled first pitch against the visiting New York Yankees on Saturday, July 25.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

LEADING OFF: WS MVP Strasburg makes '20 debut, A's streaking

Aug. 9, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: STRASBURG SET World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for Washington after being sidelined by a nerve problem in his pitching hand. The right-hander is ready to start at Nationals Park against Baltimore. Strasburg missed what...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James speaks during the NBA basketball team's media day in El Segundo, Calif. This season’s NBA MVP has won the award before. A trio of past winners of the award — reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, four-time MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and 2017-18 winner James Harden of the Houston Rockets — were announced Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, as the finalists for this season’s top NBA individual honor. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

The NBA MVP finalists: Antetokounmpo, James and Harden

Aug. 8, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — This season’s NBA MVP has won the award before. A trio of past winners of the award — reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, four-time MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and 2017-18 winner James Harden of the Houston Rockets —...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas works against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Semien delivers again vs Astros; A's win 8th in row

Aug. 8, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fresh off a game-finishing hit, Marcus Semien gave the Oakland Athletics a fast start. Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win 15 hours earlier, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory. “A...

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke socially distances himself beside cardboard cutout fans in the stands of the Oakland Coliseum in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A's hold off Astros in 13th inning for seventh straight win

Aug. 8, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics insist it's harder than it looks to score when an automatic runner gets to start on second base. It took them a while Friday night to finally do it, too. Marcus Semien singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 13th in a game that matched the longest this...

FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives, from left, Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. A Venezuela court has launched the trial for the six oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.  (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP, File)

American oil execs, held 2 years, go to trial in Venezuela

Aug. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuela court has launched the trial of six American oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday. The lingering case appears to have taken a new sense of urgency,...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Olson homers, Fiers gets 1st win as A's sweep Rangers

Aug. 6, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics are on a roll with the rival Houston Astros coming to town at last. Matt Olson homered to back Mike Fiers' first win of the season and the A's beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Thursday for their sixth straight victory and a series sweep. Khris Davis added a two-run...

FILE - This April 18, 2013 aerial file photo, shows the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Images of a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital looked depressingly familiar to West, Texas Mayor Tommy, whose small town in 2013 was partly leveled by one of the deadliest fertilizer plant explosions in U.S. history.

'We don't seem to learn': Beirut explosion echoes US tragedy

Aug. 6, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The staggering videos from the Lebanese capital are grimly familiar to Tommy Muska thousands of miles away in Texas: a towering blast, a thundering explosion and shock waves demolishing buildings with horrifying speed. It is what the mayor of West, Texas, lived seven years ago when...

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Adrian Houser throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Houser strong, Brewers stop White Sox 6-game win streak, 1-0

Aug. 6, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dallas Keuchel saw the potential in Adrian Houser when the two were coming up with the Houston Astros. Outings like this were just what he envisioned. Houser dominated over seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the White Sox 1-0 Wednesday night to snap Chicago’s six-game win...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker shoots the game-winning basket over Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

In the NBA bubble, the race for No. 8 out West is quite wild

Aug. 5, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Devin Booker does not like the notion that the Phoenix Suns, whose playoff chances were beyond slim when the season was suspended, should simply be happy to be in the NBA’s bubble. He sees it quite differently. “People can say we have a nothing-to-lose...

Utah Jazz's Rayjon Tucker (6) draws a foul from Memphis Grizzlies' De'Anthony Melton (0) as Memphis Grizzlies' Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Ingles, Jazz keep Grizzlies winless in bubble, 124-115

Aug. 5, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Utah Jazz kept the Memphis Grizzlies winless in the NBA bubble with a 124-115 victory Wednesday. Mike Conley had 23 points and seven assists against his former team for the Jazz (43-25), who improved to 2-2...