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Rays, Yanks roll…ChiSox, Astros win…NFL COVID outbreak

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees opened their respective AL Wild Card Series with victories yesterday. Blake Snell was sharp in the Rays’ 3-1 win over the Blue Jays, striking out nine while holding Toronto to one hit over 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Gerrit Cole struck out 13 and allowed two runs over seven innings of the Yankees’ 13-2 thumping of Cleveland.

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros were 4-1 winners in Game 1 of their AL Wild Card Series. Lucas Giolito  carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his postseason debut to pitch the White Sox to a victory against Oakland. Jose Altuve drew a bases-loaded walk to spark the Astros’ three-run ninth against Minnesota, the Twins major league-record 17th consecutive postseason loss.

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ game against Tennessee this weekend is in jeopardy after three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak also caused the Minnesota Vikings to suspend in-person activities, two days after they played the Titans. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said his team has been “given a mandate” by the NFL to prepare as if the game will be played on time.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have named Brett Rypien  as their starting quarterback for tomorrow’s game against the New York Jets. Rypien is the nephew of former Washington quarterback Mark Rypien. He’ll become the ninth quarterback to start for the Broncos since Peyton Manning retired following Denver’s win in Super Bowl 50.

PARIS (AP) — Top seed Novak Djokovic  won his opening-round match at the French Open yesterday, dropping just five games in a straight-sets victory. No. 13 seed Andrey Rublev lost two tiebreakers before taking the next three sets to beat American Sam Querrey. Other winners include fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, ninth seed Denis Shapovalov, women’s second seed Karolina Pliskova , No. 4 Sofia Kenin and No. 8 Aryna Sabalenka.

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