Top National Sports Stories: Dazzling Dodgers ... Keuchel bounce back? ... Does Barry Bonds have regrets?

Published on August 08, 2017 at 11:21AM

UNDATED (AP) — Kenta Maeda and the Los Angeles Dodgers will try to keep up their amazing run when they open a series at Arizona this evening. Los Angeles has won four straight, 13 of 14 and is 24-3 since July 4, and leads the majors with a 79-32 record. They are just the fourth big league team to win 43 or more over a 50-game stretch.

UNDATED (AP) — Astros ace Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kehl) was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 11 starts when he was put on the disabled list in early April because of a neck problem. Since coming off the DL, the lefty hasn’t looked like his old self, going 0-1 in two starts while giving up six runs on 13 hits and five walks in eight innings. Keuchel aims to regain his forms when he pitches on the road vs. the Chicago White Sox tonight.

UNDATED (AP) — Chris Sale (13-4, 2.70 ERA) tops the majors with 216 strikeouts as AL East-leading Boston goes into a two-game series at Tampa Bay. Sale is coming off a rough outing in which he gave up seven runs in five innings against Cleveland.

UNDATED (AP) — Joey Votto tries to extend his three-game homer streak and his longest hitting streak of the season. He’s hit safely in 12 straight games and has homered in three straight — he’s never connected in four in a row. The Cincinnati star has 30 home runs this season going into the matchup against Luis Perdomo and the visiting Padres.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds says if he had played one more season, he could have reached 800 home runs or come very close. On Monday night, Bonds appeared at San Francisco’s AT&T Park to mark the 10th anniversary of hitting his 756th home run, passing Hank Aaron’s record. Bonds, who finished with 762 home runs, says it “stung” to walk away from a decorated 22-year career with little notice immediately after a record-setting 2007 season.