UNDATED (AP) _ Rookie Yordan Alvarez and the Houston Astros have set a franchise record by totaling 36 runs in their last two games, helped by exceptionally fast starts.
On Sunday, the AL West leaders built a whopping 13-0 cushion in the first three innings on their way to a 21-1 rout of Seattle — Alvarez had three doubles and a single and drove in six runs.
On Monday night, Alvarez homered in each of the first two innings as Houston rushed to an 11-0 lead. The Astros hit seven homers overall and pounded Oakland 15-0.
The Astros have won five in a row and next take on A’s righty Tanner Roark (9-8, 3.86 ERA). Wade Miley (13-4, 3.35) starts for host Houston.
Here’s what else is happening around the majors today:
_ Angels star Mike Trout has undergone a cryoablation procedure to alleviate pain in his right foot. Manager Brad Ausmus described the procedure as relatively minor and said the slugging outfielder could return later this series against Cleveland. Trout has been bothered by nerve pain in his foot for several weeks, but has largely played through it. The cryoablation procedure uses extreme cold to essentially deaden the tissue around the irritated nerve. Trout is batting .291 with an AL-leading 45 homers and 104 RBIs. His .438 on-base percentage leads the majors.
_ Touted prospect Nico Hoerner had three hits and four RBIs in his big league debut, helping the Cubs increase their lead for the second NL wild-card spot. Hoerner also made some nice plays at shortstop Monday night as Chicago beat San Diego 10-2 to snap a three-game losing streak. The Cubs lead Milwaukee by two games. The 22-year-old Hoerner, the Cubs’ first-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2018, was promoted from Double-A Tennessee earlier in the day because All-Star shortstop Javier Báez and Addison Russell are sidelined by injuries.
_ Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto makes his season debut after recovering from Tommy John surgery. The two-time All-Star hasn’t pitched in a major league game since July 28, 2018. He starts at home against Pittsburgh.
_ Big league bullpens are full this month, boosted by September call-ups, and a plethora of pitching changes is contributing to longer and longer games. The Brewers beat Miami 8-3 Monday night in a matchup that took 4 hours, 8 minutes. The game featured 15 pitchers who combined for 14 walks. On Sunday, the Phillies topped the Mets 10-7 in 4:29 — one minute from matching the longest nine-inning NL game. Each team used eight pitchers and the clubs used up all 16 dozen baseballs that were prepped pregame, forcing another couple dozen to be rubbed up and put in play.
_ The Braves have won 90 games this year, matching their total from last season when they took the NL East. At 90-55, they lead the division by 9 1/2 games over Washington. “It’s a very good number, that’s for sure,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “We’ve got a lot of baseball to play, so hopefully we get a lot more.” Lefty Max Fried (16-4, 3.86 ERA) tries to add to Atlanta’s total when he starts at Philadelphia against Jason Vargas (6-7, 4.27).
Wimbledon CEO to leave after 2020 tournament
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The chief executive of Wimbledon says he will step down after eight years in the role.
Richard Lewis will leave after next year’s grass-court Grand Slam event at the All England Club.
The departure of Lewis, who joined as CEO in 2012, coincides with the handover of the role of Wimbledon chairman from Philip Brook to Ian Hewitt.
Under Lewis there was a 160% increase in player prize money, Court No. 1 was rebuilt and the grass-court season was extended.
Brook says Lewis has delivered “a phenomenal period of change that will long be recognized in our history.”
Report: Schumacher treated in secrecy in Paris hospital
PARIS (AP) — A French newspaper says seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted to a Paris hospital to be treated with cutting-edge stem-cell therapy.
The Paris hospitals authority, citing France’s strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the report in Le Parisien that Schumacher was admitted under tight guard Monday to the Georges-Pompidou hospital for transfusions of inflammation-reducing stem cells.
The newspaper said the 50-year-old German, who suffered a near-fatal brain injury in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps, was expected to be discharged on Wednesday.
Following the accident, Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged. Since September 2014, he has been cared for at home on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Goalkeeper from Caribbean island of Curacao dies before game
Jairzinho Pieter, a backup goalkeeper for the national team of the Caribbean island of Curacao, has died ahead of a match. He was 31.
CONCACAF, the soccer confederation for the region, says Pieter died on Monday at his team’s hotel in Port-au-Prince where Curacao plays Haiti today.
CONCACAF says Curacao will go ahead with the Nations League match against Haiti “following consultation with the players.”
Starting goalkeeper Eloy Room, who plays club soccer in the United States for the Columbus Crew, posted a video of the Curacao squad paying tribute to Pieter.
Iranian female soccer fan dies after setting herself on fire
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian female soccer fan has died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium, a semi-official news agency is reporting.
The Shafaghna news agency says 30-year-old Sahar Khodayari died at a Tehran hospital Monday.
She set herself on fire last week, reportedly after learning she may have to go to prison for trying to enter a stadium in March to watch her favorite team (Esteghlal).