Update on the latest in sports:
Brewers pound Reds after Dbacks rally past Redbirds
UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers had a very productive day as they clinched a playoff berth and moved one game closer to first place in the National League Central.
The Brewers won for the 17th time in 19 games as Ryan Braun’s grand slam ignited a six-run first in a 9-2 rout of the Reds. Eric Thames (thaymz) also provided a first-inning blast, Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) went deep in the second and Trent Grisham drove in two runs without a hit.
Jordan Lyles allowed two runs and three hits over five innings to help the Brew Crew pull within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.
The Brewers received help from the Diamondbacks, who erased a 5-2 deficit by scoring seven times in the sixth inning to beat St. Louis, 9-7. Wilmer Flores had four RBIs for the DBacks, including a two-run homer that capped the sixth.
St. Louis scored twice in the ninth and had the potential go-ahead run at the plate until pinch-hitter Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a game-ending double play.
Elsewhere on major league diamonds:
– The Twins are the AL Central champions for the first time since 2010 following a 5-1 win over the Tigers. Randy Dobnak allowed one hit in six sparkling innings, but Minnesota trailed until Luis Arraez (ah-RYZ’) smacked a two-run homer in the seventh. Eddie Rosario also hit a two-run blast for the Twins, who wrapped up the division when the Indians fell to the White Sox.
– The Indians knocked themselves out of the AL Central race and damaged their wild-card hopes by dropping an 8-3 decision to Chicago. Tim Anderson raised his batting average to an AL-best .339 with his sixth fourth-hit game of the season. Losing pitcher Shane Bieber was tagged for three earned runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
– Matt Chapman’s two-run shot in the ninth inning pushed the Athletics past the Angels, 3-2. Chapman’s 35th homer of the year allowed Oakland to stay a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay for the first AL wild card. Ramon Laureano also homered to help the A’s halt a two-game skid.
– The Rays were 4-0 winners over the Yankees behind Charlie Morton, who is 16-6 after striking out nine while yielding just one hit over six innings. Four relievers finished up the combined one-hitter for Tampa Bay, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Indians for the second AL wild card. The outcome also allowed the Astros to move 2 1/2 games ahead of New York for home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
– Houston posted its franchise-high 104th win while almost claiming its third no-hitter of the season. The Astros posted a 3-0 shutout of the Mariners as Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) came within two outs of his first career no-hitter. Austin Nola spoiled the gem with a one-out single and Tim Lopes chased Greinke with another base hit before the Astros’ hurler improved to 18-5.
– Josh Donaldson had a career-high three doubles while driving in four runs to lead the Braves’ 10-2 assault on the Royals. Dansby Swanson had a career-high four hits while driving in two for the NL East champs. Luke Jackson stuck out all four batters in faced and improved to 9-2.
– Joc Pederson homered twice, including his franchise-record ninth leadoff shot in the Dodgers’ 6-4 decision over the Padres. Pinch-hitter Edwin Rios furnished a 473-foot blast that broke a tie in the seventh inning. Chris Taylor also homered for the NL West champions, who have won three straight and four of five.
– Wilmer Difo (DEE’-foh) singled home the lead run in the seventh inning of the Nationals’ fourth straight win, 5-2 against the Phillies. Howie Kendrick and Brian Dozier homered for the Nationals, who remain one game ahead of the Brewers for the first NL wild card. Anibal (AN’-ih-bahl) Sanchez allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings to improve to 11-2 since an 0-6 start.
– Rookie Pete Alonso launched his major league-leading 51st home run and Jacob deGrom (deh-GRAHM’) worked seven shutout innings as the Mets throttled the Marlins, 10-3. Alonso’s three-run blast gave New York a 7-0 lead in the second inning before the Mets were eliminated from the wild-card race with Milwaukee’s victory. DeGrom allowed just two hits and struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 2.43.
– The Cubs were eliminated from the NL wild-card race before completing their eighth consecutive loss, 4-2 at Pittsburgh. Back-to-back wild pitches by David Phelps in the eighth inning enabled Pittsburgh to score the tiebreaking run. Chicago is missing the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
– Homers by Christian Vazquez, Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) powered the Red Sox past the Rangers, 10-3. Rick Porcello allowed three runs over six innings of what could have been his final start for Boston.
– Jaylin Davis hit his first career home run and made it a walk-off blast in the ninth as the Giants nipped the Rockies, 2-1. Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR’-jah) left with a one-run lead but missed a chance at matching his career high of 12 wins.
– Rowdy Tellez (the-LEHZ’) hit two solo home runs and Jacob Waguespack pitched six shutout innings in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 win against the Orioles. Billy McKinney also hit a solo home run as the Toronto denied Baltimore a third road series win north of the border.
German’s administrative leave extended through Fall Classic
UNDATED (AP) – If the New York Yankees advance to the World Series next month, they will do it without their victories leader on the mound.
Domingo German’s administrative leave under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy has been extended through the World Series.
German was placed on leave for seven days last Thursday. MLB and the players’ association agreed to the extension on Wednesday, ending his season.
German was 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances over 143 innings this year.
Also around the majors:
– Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez has been ordered held without bond following his arrest on multiple felony charges, including sexual assault of a minor. Vazquez was taken into custody last week by Pennsylvania State Police on an arrest warrant from Florida stemming from illicit electronic communication with an underage girl. A judge denied bond for the 28-year-old Vazquez during a brief hearing on Wednesday.
– Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury. Manager Gabe Kapler says Realmuto has returned to Philadelphia and will undergo a “meniscus cleanup” on Friday, adding that there are no long-term concerns. Realmuto hit .285 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs in his first season with the Phillies, who were eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday.
– Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (ad-al-BEHR’-toh MAHN’-deh-see) will have surgery to repair the left shoulder he injured over the weekend. Mondesi sustained a subluxation to his shoulder in July and injured it again in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. He was limited to 102 games due to the injury, finishing with a .263 batting average, nine homers, 62 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.
– Major League Baseball has set a season strikeout record for the 12th straight season. Batters struck out 369 times Tuesday to raise the season total to 41,467. That topped the 41,207 of last season with five days to spare.
– Theo Epstein says he has no plans of returning to the Red Sox. Speculation in Boston has centered on Epstein possibly replacing Dave Dombrowski, who was fired Sept. 8 as the president of baseball operations for the Red Sox. Epstein is finishing his eighth season as the Cubs’ president of baseball operations.
Pats sign QB Kessler
UNDATED (AP) – The New England Patriots have signed Cody Kessler to their 53-man roster, adding some additional depth behind quarterback Tom Brady.
Kessler spent last season with the Eagles, appearing in five games with four starts.
In other NFL news:
– Redskins quarterback Case Keenum could miss Sunday’s game against the Giants because of a foot injury. If Keenum can’t play, the 0-3 Redskins will either turn to Colt McCoy or ask first-round pick Dwayne Haskins to make his NFL debut. McCoy was listed as a full participant after missing time with the effects of a broken leg.
– The Steelers have acquired tight end Nick Vannett from the Seattle Seahawks for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft. Pittsburgh is in need of help at tight end with veteran Vance McDonald nursing a shoulder injury that will likely sideline him for Monday night’s game against Cincinnati and perhaps longer.
– Disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey has left the Jaguars to be with his family for the birth of his second child. The team made the surprising announcement with a statement from coach Doug Marrone on Wednesday night, adding to Ramsey’s ongoing trade saga. Ramsey missed practice Wednesday because of an apparent back injury that Marrone said he knew nothing about until earlier in the day.
– Broncos coach Vic Fangio says cornerback Bryce Callahan will miss between four and six weeks after undergoing a procedure on his bothersome left foot. He missed most of camp and the first three games after his surgically repaired left foot got stepped on in July.
Tkachuk gets extension
UNDATED (AP) – The Calgary Flames have signed forward Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) to a three-year, $21 million deal that makes him the team’s highest-paid player this season.
Tkachuk was a restricted free agent and will arrive at camp before the Flames’ season opener on October 3rd against the Avalanche. Tkachuk had career highs with 34 goals, 43 assists and 77 points in 80 games last season.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
– Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky is out indefinitely and likely will miss the start of the season with a wrist injury. The 33-year-old Dubinsky is entering his 13th NHL season and was a third- or fourth-line center last season when the Blue Jackets reached the second round of the playoffs.
– Former U.S. Olympic team captain and Hall of Famer Cammi Granato (gruh-NAH’-toh) has been hired by the expansion Seattle franchise as a pro scout. Granato is one of a handful of women working on the hockey operations side of an NHL franchise, and the only female pro scout currently in the league.
Kyrgios handed suspended 16-week ban by ATP Tour
LONDON (AP) – Nick Kyrgios has been handed a suspended 16-week ban from the ATP Tour following an investigation into his abusive behavior in a tournament in Cincinnati last month.
The Australian player insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during a second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open, after which the ATP fined him $113,000 for committing a total of eight separate offenses.
The ATP looked into Kyrgios’ actions and concluded that he “committed aggravated behavior under the Player Major Offense” provision.
The tour fined him $25,000 and banned him for 16 weeks, sanctions which will only be applied if he commits similar acts of bad behavior in the next six months. He must also agree to receive continued support from a “mental coach” while competing at events, and getting additional help in the offseason from a specialist in behavioral management.
Former college football player back home following prison term in China
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) – A former Ball State football player who spent three years in a Chinese prison for his involvement in a bar fight says he has a newfound appreciation for the word freedom now that he’s returned home to Detroit.
Wendell Brown said after arriving home Wednesday that people don’t really understand the meaning of freedom until they lose it. Brown was teaching English and American football in southwest China when he was arrested in September 2016 and charged with intentional assault.
He denied hitting a man at a bar and said he was defending himself after being attacked.
Brown was sentenced to four years in prison, but that was reduced to three years by a Chinese court.
GRADE SCHOOL FOOTBALL-MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYER DIES
Oklahoma middle school football player dies following game
LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) – A middle school football player in Oklahoma has died after competing in a game near Oklahoma City.
Lexington High School football coach Dale Berglan told The Oklahoman that Riley Boatwright died Tuesday after playing a game in Stratford, Oklahoma.
A cause of death is not known.
Boatwright’s death is the second this month of a scholastic football player in Oklahoma.