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A look at what’s happening around the majors on Wednesday:

SHIFTED SITE

The Mariners and Giants play at Oracle Park after their two-game series in Seattle was postponed because of poor air quality caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play twice in San Francisco.

Forecasters are calling for smoke to reach very unhealthy levels in Western Washington through at least Thursday. There have been smoky skies in the Bay Area, too, but the air quality has remained OK.

The Mariners and Oakland split a doubleheader Monday in Seattle. The smoke level reached a level of very unhealthy on the air quality index, even with the roof closed at T-Mobile Park.

”I’m a healthy 22-year-old. I shouldn’t be gasping for air or missing oxygen. I’ll leave it at that,” said Jesus Luzardo, who started the opener for the A’s.

HAMELS TIME

The wait is over for left-hander Cole Hamels, who is poised to come off the 45-day injured list and pitch for the first time as a member of the Braves.

After signing a one-year contract with Atlanta in December, Hamels arrived at spring training with a sore shoulder. Then, he developed triceps tendinitis during summer camp.

The rehab, at long last, is done and he’ll start against Baltimore at Camden Yards. And at a good time for a team that’s leading the NL East despite several injuries to its pitching staff.

”Now it’s just a matter of being around these guys. That’s the thing you miss the most,” Hamels said. ”I was able to watch them play, but you’re not able to celebrate with them.”

The 36-year-old Hamels has designs of carrying the Braves into the playoffs and deep into the postseason. Pitching is what he does best, and the four-time All-Star hasn’t done it competitively since last September.

”It’s something that I know I love to do,” he said, ”and I’m excited to be able to do it in a Braves uniform.”

HELLO AGAIN

NL East foes Jacob deGrom (4-1, 1.67 ERA) and Aaron Nola (5-3, 2.40) are set to face off for the second time in 10 days after rarely sharing the mound during their careers. In just their second career matchup on Sept. 6, the Mets pounded Nola and the Phillies 14-1, although Nola was only charged with three earned runs.

DeGrom goes into this game at Citizens Bank Park likely get three more starts this season to cement his case for a third consecutive NL Cy Young Award. He entered Tuesday with the NL’s best ERA and tied for second in strikeouts behind the Reds’ Trevor Bauer.

TOO EARLY TO JUDGE

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge could come off the injured list and return to the lineup to face the Blue Jays in the Bronx.

Judge missed two weeks in late August with a strained calf, was activated, played one game and then went back on the IL. The All-Star right fielder was off to a big start this season with nine home runs and 20 RBIs in 18 games.

Gerrit Cole (5-3) starts for New York and Tanner Roark (2-1) for the Blue Jays in the race for second place in the AL East. At 99-55 lifetime, Cole looks to join Justin Verlander, Roy Oswalt and Mark Mulder as the only pitchers since 2000 to reach 100 wins in 203 or fewer appearances.

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Nadal faces tough path to French Open final [Video]

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COMPLETE SHOTLIST AND SCRIPT TO FOLLOW

VIDEO SHOWS: PLAYERS PRACTISING AT ROLAND GARROS – RAFAEL NADAL, DOMINIC THIEM, KAROLINA PLISKOVA, GARBINE MUGURUZA, VENUS WILLIAMS AND SOFIA KENIN

SHOWS:

PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 24, 2020) (FFT – SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE)

1. WORLD NUMBER TWO AND 12-TIMES FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION, RAFAEL NADAL WALKING ON TO THE PHILIPPE-CHATRIER COURT, WEARING A MASK

2. INTERIOR OF STADIUM, WITH THE ROOF CLOSED, NADAL PRACTISING ON COURT

3. VARIOUS OF NADAL PRACTISING

4. NADAL SAT DOWN, SPEAKING TO COACH, CARLOS MOYA

5. VARIOUS OF NADAL PRACTISING

6. NADAL WALKING ON COURT AND TALKING TO MOYA

7. NADAL WALKING TO HIS TOWEL AND WIPING HIS FACE

8. WORLD NUMBER THREE AND U.S. OPEN CHAMPION, DOMINIC THIEM (WHITE SHIRT) WALKING ON COURT AND TAPPING RACKETS WITH ANDY MURRAY (RED SHIRT) AND MURRAY’S COACH, JAMIE DELGADO, THIEM WALKING ON TO THE COURT

9. VIEW OF SUZANNE LENGLEN COURT AS THIEM PRACTISES

10. VARIOUS OF THIEM PRACTISING

11. WORLD NUMBER FOUR AND SECOND SEED, KAROLINA PLISKOVA (BLACK SHIRT) PRACTISING ON THE PHILIPPE-CHATRIER COURT

12. INTERIOR OF COURT WITH PLISKOVA PRACTISING

13. VARIOUS OF PLISKOVA PRACTISING

14. VIEW OF CLOSED ROOF / WORLD NUMBER 15 AND TWO-TIMES GRAND SLAM CHAMPION, GARBINE MUGURUZA PRACTISING

15. VARIOUS OF MUGURUZA PRACTISING

16. MUGURUZA’S COACH, CONCHITA MARTINEZ WATCHING ON

17. MUGURUZA PRACTISING

18. SEVEN-TIMES GRAND SLAM CHAMPION, VENUS WILLIAMS ON COURT, WEARING A MASK

19. WILLIAMS HAVING FUN ON COURT BEFORE TAKING JACKET OFF

20. WILLIAMS PRACTISING

21. WILLIAMS’ SHADOW SEEN ON COURT AS SHE PRACTISES

22. VARIOUS OF WILLIAMS PRACTISING

PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 22, 2020) (FFT – SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE)

23. VARIOUS OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPION AND WORLD NUMBER SIX, SOFIA KENIN PRACTISING

STORY: Rafael Nadal, who is seeking a record-extending 13th French Open title and a record-equalling 20th grand slam singles crown, was handed a relatively tough path to this year’s final at Roland Garros when the draw was made on Thursday (September 24).

The Spaniard will take on Bulgaria’s Egor Gerasimov in the first round and faces a potential last-eight clash with U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev, who has never made it past the quarter-finals at the claycourt tournament.

Nadal then faces a possible semi-final clash against last year’s runner-up and U.S. Open winner Dominic Thiem.

Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia will face Swede Mikael Ymer in the first round, where Swiss 16th seed and former champion Stan Wawrinka will take on Briton Andy Murray in the hottest opener.

Djokovic, who was ejected from the U.S. Open after he inadvertently hit a line judge in the throat with a ball after a point, has an easier route to the final than Nadal after being drawn in the same half as Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev.

Canadian Milos Raonic, the world number 20, pulled out, organisers said.

Serena Williams, hoping to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, will start her campaign against fellow American Kristie Ahn.

The sixth seed, who was drawn in the same half as top seed Simona Halep, faces a potential fourth-round clash with U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka.

World number one and 2019 champion Ashleigh Barty has pulled out of the tournament citing the coronavirus pandemic and a troubled preparation.

With Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic a last-gasp withdrawal, only six of the top 10 in the WTA rankings will start the tournament.

The tournament was rescheduled from May 24-June 7 to Sept. 27-Oct. 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic

It will be the first year with a retractable roof at the French Open which some of the players, including Nadal, practising with the roof closed on Thursday (September 24).

(Production: Tim Hart)

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Prosecutors drop prostitution charges against Patriots owner Robert Kraft

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft won’t be facing trial on charges that he paid for sex on consecutive days at a Jupiter, Florida, massage parlor. According to court papers filed on Thursday, Florida prosecutors are dropping the prostitution charges against Kraft.

The decision comes after a court blocked the prosecution from using a video that allegedly shows Kraft soliciting a woman for sex at the Orchids of Asia spa in January 2019. Police had secretly installed the cameras, which the court ruled was violation of his and other customers’ right to privacy. Prosecutors said they would not appeal the decision, which likely left them with essentially no evidence against Kraft.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft won’t face trial on charges that he paid for sex at a Florida massage parlor in 2019. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

“Although there was probable cause to make an arrest, the evidence cannot prove all legally required elements of the crime alleged and is insufficient to support a criminal prosecution,” the court papers said, via CNBC.

Charges were originally filed against Kraft in February 2019, and Kraft has fought them every step of the way. He issued an apology in March 2019, but pleaded not guilty. He and his lawyers have been seeking to have the video thrown out since early in the legal proceedings.

Kraft has escaped trial and possible punishment through the justice system, but he may not be totally in the clear. It’s still possible that he could face discipline from the NFL.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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