Brewers close gap on Cubs, Cards
UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers have climbed back into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card, two games behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals.
The Brew Crew won for the 11th time in 12 games as Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) and Lorenzo Cain homered in a 3-1 win against the Padres. Moustakas teed off on a 1-2 pitch from reliever Matt Strahm for his 35th homer of the year, breaking a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning.
Matt Albers got the win despite surrendering Hunter Renfroe’s tying homer in the seventh. Drew Pomeranz struck out the side in the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save in as many chances.
Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati bullpen stymied the Cubs’ offense in a 4-2 victory at Wrigley Field. Gray struck out nine and allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings before two relievers finished a five-hitter. Rookie Aristides (ar-eh-STEE’-dehs) Aquino hit his 16th homer for the Reds, who quieted a Chicago offense that had scored 59 runs in winning its previous five games.
In St. Louis, Howie Kendrick fell a triple shy of the cycle and Patrick Corbin struck out 11 over six innings of the Nationals’ 6-2 decision over the Cardinals. Corbin didn’t allow an earned run and helped Washington open a 1 1/2-game lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL wild card. Victor Robles supplied a pair of RBI singles for the Nats.
Elsewhere on major league diamonds:
– Rhys Hoskins and Jose Pirela (pih-RAY’-uh) hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) in a five-run fourth before the Phillies withstood a chaotic ninth inning to beat the Braves, 5-4. Vince Velasquez gave up two runs in the first before recovering with four straight scoreless innings to get the win. Adam Duvall led off the ninth with a homer off Phillies closer Hector Neris, who later put runners on first and third with one out before posting his 27th save.
– Marcus Stroman pitched seven shutout innings of four-hit ball and the Mets belted three homers in the sixth en route to a 6-1 victory at Colorado. Pete Alonso slammed his major league-leading 48th home run for New York, which also received round-trippers from Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo (NIH’-moh). The Mets won for the second time in five games and moved four games out of an NL playoff berth with 11 to play.
– The Minnesota Twins trimmed their magic number for winning the AL Central to seven by scoring three runs in the bottom of the 12th to knock off the White Sox, 9-8. Ronald Torreyes (toh-RAY’-ehs) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to end it after Marwin Gonzalez tied it with a two-run single. Ryan Cordell’s two-run blast in the top of the 12th put Chicago ahead before Minnesota rallied for the second time in extra innings.
– The Indians beat the Tigers for the 15th straight time as Adam Plutko pitched six innings and rookie Oscar Mercado homered in Cleveland’s 7-2 win. Plutko allowed two runs and four hits in his first win since Aug. 27, also against Detroit. Pinch-hitter Jordan Luplow provided a two-run triple and Roberto Perez had two hits and two RBIs.
– The Athletics scored twice in the seventh to beat the Royals, 2-1 and take a two-game lead over Tampa Bay for the first AL wild card. Matt Olson led off the seventh with a homer and Seth Brown supplied a go-ahead double two batters later. A.J. Puk followed Brett Anderson and struck out two over two shutout innings to help Oakland win for the seventh time in eight games.
– Corey Seager produced four RBIs, including a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning to lead the Dodgers to a 7-5 win over the Rays. The Dodgers broke the game open with a five-run seventh before Tampa Bay cut into a 7-2 deficit. The Rays put together a three-run eighth before their lead for the second AL wild card was sliced to a half-game over the Indians.
– The Yankees have a magic number of one to clinch their 21st playoff berth in 25 years after Luis Severino worked four innings in his season debut, an 8-0 pounding of the Angels. The two-time All-Star injured his shoulder while warming up before his first scheduled spring training appearance on March 5. Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres belted a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) delivered a two-run double while New York put together a six-run fourth.
– The Astros also cut their playoff magic number to one as Justin Verlander picked up his major league-leading 19th win in a 4-1 verdict over the Rangers. Verlander scattered four hits and struck out eight over six shutout innings to move to 19-6. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’), Alex Bregman and Yordan (yohr-DAHN’) Alvarez all homered in Houston’s 99th victory.
– Miguel Rojas laced a three-run double and collected a career-high six RBIs as the Marlins hammered the Diamondbacks, 12-6. Arizona led 4-2 in the fifth before falling 5 1/2 games out of an NL playoff slot.
– Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) hit a solo homer in his first game where his grandfather played, and Alex Dickerson lifted a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the 15th inning to send the Giants past the Red Sox, 7-6 in Boston. The 5-hour, 54-minute game featured a major-league record-tying 24 pitchers, including a team-record 13 by the Giants.
– Cavan Biggio (BEE’-zhee-oh) hit for the cycle, drove in four and scored three times in the Blue Jays’ 8-5 win over the Orioles. Cavan and his father Craig are now the second father-son duo in major league history to hit for the cycle, joining Daryle and Gary Ward.
– The Mariners posted a 6-0 shutout of the Pirates as Marco Gonzales allowed six hits in seven innings. Austin Nola and Omar Narvaez (nahr-VYZ’) had three hits apiece, including back-to-back home runs to help Gonzales get his career-high 16th victory.
Manning benched, Jones to start for Giants
UNDATED (AP) – Eli Manning’s NFL career began when he took over for Hall of Famer Kurt Warner midway through the New York Giants’ 2004 season. Giants coach Pat Shurmur is making a quarterback change following the team’s 0-2 start, announcing that Daniel Jones is replacing Manning under center.
Jones was taken by the Giants with the sixth overall pick in this year’s NFL draft and looked impressive during preseason. He started three seasons at Duke, completing 60% of his passes for 8,201 yards, 52 touchdowns and 29 interceptions before turning pro after his junior year.
Manning led the Giants to Super Bowl titles following the 2007 and ’11 seasons, beating Tom Brady and the Patriots both times. He’s broken every Giants career record for quarterbacks and has started all but one game since taking over for Warner 15 years ago.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
– Saints quarterback Drew Brees (breez) says he is scheduled to undergo surgery on his throwing thumb tomorrow, adding that he’ll dedicate himself to a rehabilitation process to get back to playing as quickly as he can. Brees tore a ligament in the right thumb when he made contact with Los Angeles defensive tackle Aaron Donald during the follow-through of a throw in Sunday’s loss to the Rams. Rehabilitation is estimated to take about six weeks, but that timeline could change after surgery.
– Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sat out Tuesday’s practice and could miss Sunday’s game at Arizona after the 2015 league MVP reaggravated a mid-foot sprain. Carolina coach Ron Rivera gave no timetable Tuesday for Newton’s potential return. Rivera said backup Kyle Allen would make his second career NFL start Sunday if Newton isn’t able to play.
– Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (SIH’-mee-an) is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury and Luke Falk will be New York’s starter until Sam Darnold returns from mononucleosis. Siemian was injured in the second quarter of the Jets’ 23-3 loss to the Browns on Monday night. Darnold hopes to return in Week 5 against the Eagles.
– Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey confirmed he wants out of Jacksonville and took shots at Jaguars coach Doug Marrone in a 16-minute interview session that added more confusion to an already-awkward situation. Ramsey insists he doesn’t want to be a distraction as the Jaguars prepare to host Tennessee on Thursday night.
– The Texans are changing punters after just two games, releasing Trevor Daniel and re-signing Bryan Anger. Daniel played all 16 games for Houston as a rookie last season and ranked 25th in yards per punt this year, averaging 43.5 yards. Houston signed Anger in the offseason but released him just before the start of the regular season.
– The Lions have picked up Paul Perkins off waivers from the Giants and released fellow running back C.J. Anderson, who helped the Rams reach the Super Bowl last season. Anderson ran for 43 yards on 16 carries in two games as a backup to Kerryon Johnson. He has 3,497 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns in his career in Denver, Carolina, Los Angeles and Detroit.
– A Guatemalan man convicted of drunken driving in a crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver has been sentenced to an additional 42 months in prison for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that 38-year-old Manuel Orrego-Zavala will serve the additional time after he completes a 16-year state sentence handed down last September. He was convicted for the February 2018 crash that killed Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe.
Pirates’ Vazquez arrested on porn, solicitation charges
UNDATED (AP) – Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of pornography and soliciting a child.
Vazquez was taken into custody by State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it began investigating Vazquez in August after learning of an alleged sexual relationship between Vazquez and a 15-year-old girl living in Lee County, Florida.
The girl allegedly received a video text message from Vazquez in July in which he was performing a sex act. Vazquez also allegedly texted the girl to ask if she wanted to meet for a sexual encounter after the baseball season.
The Pirates said they have informed the MLB commissioner’s office and expect Vazquez to be placed on administrative leave.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– The Yankees plan to activate Giancarlo Stanton on Wednesday or Thursday in an attempt to get the oft-injured outfielder ready for the playoffs. Stanton has been limited to nine games this season because of a strained biceps, shoulder, calf and knee. The four-time All-Star is hitting .290 with one home run and seven RBIs.
– Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has a broken hand and will miss the remainder of the season. The loss of Kipnis is another blow to Cleveland, which is chasing a wild-card playoff berth and has been ravaged by injuries all season. The Indians said Kipnis will need surgery and could take up to six weeks to recover.
– The Braves have placed infielder Charlie Culberson on the 60-day injured list. Culberson’s season ended when he was hit in the face by a pitch from Washington’s Fernando Rodney.
– Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog is recovering from a minor stroke. The 87-year-old Herzog became ill Monday at his charity golf tournament at Forest Hills Country Club in suburban St. Louis. The Cardinals say Herzog is “currently resting and doing well.”
Bruins’ Carlo signs extension
BOSTON (AP) – Defenseman Brandon Carlo has signed a two-year extension to remain with the Boston Bruins.
The deal will pay the 22-year-old $2.85 million per season. He had not been in camp since it opened last week and was the Bruins’ last remaining unsigned free agent after Charlie McAvoy agreed to a three-year contract with an average annual value of $4.9 million.