Update on the latest sports
Week 3 concludes in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) – Monday Night Football has Washington looking for its first win tonight when it hosts 1- 1 Chicago.
Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has won his past four road starts, but he’s struggled in the first two games of this season. Trubisky has failed to throw a touchdown in either game, while going 42 of 72 for 348 yards with an interception.
Washington has recent history on its side, having won the past seven meetings between the two teams, though they are off to an 0-2 start on this campaign. Case Keenum has been solid, though, throwing for 601 yards and five TDs with no INTs through his first two games.
Jags’ Ramsey to miss practice with illness amid trade demand
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is expected to miss practice Monday because he is ill, another potential twist to his trade request.
The team says the star defender notified them Sunday night, three days after a 20-7 victory over Tennessee and one week after he told his agent “my time is up here in Jacksonville.”
Ramsey started against the Titans and hugged fellow defensive backs on the field after the game in what many teammates believed was a goodbye.
Ramsey declined to talk about a potential trade after the game. The Jaguars (1-2), meanwhile, would prefer to keep him. The two-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t missed a game – or start – in his four-year career.
Jacksonville plays at Denver (0-3) on Sunday.
Wainwright streak, Snell starts
UNDATED (AP) – After completing its first four-game sweep at Wrigley Field since 1921, NL Central-leading St. Louis sends Adam Wainwright to the mound for the opener of a three-game series at Arizona.
The 38-year-old Wainwright is 4-0 in September, allowing one earned run in 27 innings. The 6-foot-7 right-hander pitched seven sparkling innings in a 5-1 victory over Max Scherzer and Washington on Wednesday.
The Cardinals lead Milwaukee by three games for the division, and their magic number is one to eliminate the third-place Cubs from NL Central contention after four straight one-run victories against Chicago over the weekend.
Elsewhere on a five-game MLB slate, the Nationals can slip back in front of the Brewers for the top spot in the NL wild-card race as they open an unusual five-game series at home against Bryce Harper and the Phillies. The clubs were originally scheduled to play four times, but an extra game was added Tuesday as part of a doubleheader to make up a postponement from June.
Washington dropped into a tie with Milwaukee on Sunday when its troublesome bullpen couldn’t hold a two-run lead against the Marlins. The Nationals have an NL-most 29 blown saves and its relievers have combined for a major league-worst 5.83 ERA. Left-hander Patrick Corbin (13-7, 3.10) will try to improve to 4-0 against the Phillies this season. He’ll start against Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin (9-12, 4.00).
In the American League, lefty Blake Snell starts for Tampa Bay, which goes into the final week of the regular season tied with Cleveland for the second AL wild card and two games back of Oakland for the top spot.
Snell (6-7, 4.19 ERA) faces Boston at Tropicana Field in his second start since missing almost two months after surgery to remove bone chips in his throwing elbow. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched two hitless innings in a start last Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
The night’s other two games have the Baltimore Orioles in Toronto to face the Blue Jays and the New York Mets hosting the Miami Marlins.
Freeman treating sore elbow
ATLANTA (AP) – Braves star Freddie Freeman is remaining in Atlanta this week for treatment on his sore right elbow, rather than traveling with the team for its series at Kansas City.
Freeman, a MVP candidate for the NL East champions, left Sunday’s game in the eighth inning against San Francisco after a recurrence of a bone spur in the elbow. The Braves have days off on Monday and Thursday, sandwiched around the two-game series against the Royals, giving Freeman more time to recover.
Freeman is hitting .296 with 38 homers and leads the NL with 121 RBIs.
Rangers play final homestand ahead of move to new stadium
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Texas Rangers are bidding farewell to their 25-year-old ballpark before moving across the street.
The final homestand is this week at the ballpark where Kenny Rogers pitched a perfect game, Adrian Beltre got his 3,000th hit and the Rangers played in two World Series. The stadium also hosted an MLB All-Star game and the first interleague game.
Elvis Andrus has spent his entire career as a player in the Texas Rangers’ ballpark, from his debut as a 20-year-old shortstop to consecutive World Series and now being the team’s longest-tenured player. The two-time All-Star is now 31 and wrapping up his 11th season. Among his favorite memories is the Friday night in October 2010, when the Rangers clinched their first AL pennant. He calls it: “A moment that will never go away.”
The Rangers next season will be playing in a new stadium with a retractable roof.