Update on the latest in sports:
Astros look to clinch
UNDATED (AP) – Houston can clinch its second consecutive AL West title – and a best-of-five playoff matchup against Cleveland – with a win at Toronto and an Oakland loss in Seattle. Rookie right-hander Josh James makes his third career start for the defending World Series champions, already assured a postseason spot. The Astros, with the top road record in baseball at 53-22, are 99-57 overall and a major league-best 17-4 in September. The second-place A’s locked up at least a wild card Monday night.
In other major-league action:
– Looking to wrap up a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the playoffs, the Cubs can punch their ticket with a win over Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field and a loss by either Colorado or St. Louis. Mike Montgomery pitches for Chicago, which leads the NL Central by 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee. Montgomery has won all three career starts versus the Pirates and has a 2.30 ERA in nine outings against them.
– Milwaukee sends Gio Gonzalez to the mound and St. Louis counters with rookie Austin Gomber in the second game of their big series at Busch Stadium. The Brewers won the opener to take a three-game lead in the wild-card race over the Cardinals, who are a half-game ahead of Colorado for the second spot.
– The Mets plan to reinstate captain David Wright from the 60-day disabled list when they host NL East champion Atlanta at Citi Field. Wright has been sidelined since May 2016 by back, neck and shoulder injuries that required surgery. Manager Mickey Callaway has said he’d like to give Wright a couple of pinch-hit opportunities ahead of his farewell game Saturday, when the seven-time All-Star is scheduled to start at third base against Miami in what he expects to be his final big league appearance.
– Dodgers righthander Walker Buehler brings a 2.74 ERA into his scheduled start against Arizona. Opponents are batting .198 against the rookie. For the Diamondbacks, Matt Koch is set to face the Dodgers. He’s won each of his last three starts at home since May 28.
– They’ve won a team-record 106 games this season, and the Red Sox look to extend that mark at home against the Orioles. David Price tries to bounce back from a rough start in Yankee Stadium in the second game of the series in what could be his last start of the regular season. Jimmy Yacabonis will start for Baltimore.
SPORTS TEAMS-VOTER REGISTRATION
MLB, NFL, NBA franchises team up for ‘Rally the Vote’ drive
NEW YORK (AP) – Nine sports franchises from Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL are teaming up and asking fans to register to vote.
The Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings from the NBA, along with MLB’s Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL are offering fans a platform to register starting Tuesday on the teams’ mobile apps, websites and social media as part of a “Rally the Vote” effort.
Vivek Ranadive, owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings, says if teams can make ticket buying to sporting events accessible in a few clicks, there’s no reason registering to vote shouldn’t be the same.
According to the U.S. Census, there are 87.9 million Americans eligible to vote who are not registered.
COMERICA PARK-SPITTING VIDEO
Ballpark worker charged after video shows spitting on pizza
DETROIT (AP) – A 20-year-old food service worker at Comerica Park in Detroit has been charged after a video was posted online that appeared to show him spitting on a pizza intended for customers during a Major League Baseball game.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations that’s punishable by up to four years behind bars and a misdemeanor count of food law violations that’s punishable by up to 90 days in jail. An arraignment is expected Tuesday.
Court records don’t list a lawyer for Kerley.
The video appeared on Instagram over the weekend . Officials determined the video was recorded Friday, when the Detroit Tigers were hosting the Kansas City Royals. Kerley was arrested Sunday and was fired.