Update on the latest in sports:
UNDATED (AP) – Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals try to move within a win of the World Series.
They lead St. Louis 2-0 in the NL Championship Series after dominant starts by Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez – the Cardinals totaled just four hits in their two losses at Busch Stadium and are batting .070 in the best-of-seven matchup.
Strasburg faces Cardinals star Jack Flaherty as the series shifts to Nationals Park. Strasburg has a 1.32 ERA in six postseason games, five of them starts. He’s 2-0 in the playoffs this fall.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt wouldn’t reveal his lineup a day before Game 3. It’s possible he makes a tweak, but after analytics showed his hitters aren’t chasing the ball out of the strike zone at a higher rate, St. Louis is ready to stay the course without major changes.
Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win 88% of the time in MLB history.
Also in Major League action today:
– Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is trying to heal up a strained right quad that kept him out of the starting lineup for Game 2 of the AL Championship Series in Houston. The teams are tied 1-all, and manager Aaron Boone is hopeful Stanton can recover in time to start Game 3 Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Stanton was injured running out an infield single in the second inning of Game 1 but remained in the game and homered off Zack Greinke in a 7-0 victory. C
– The Nationals remain uncertain about the status of outfielder Victor Robles as he returns from a strained right hamstring. The 22-year-old hasn’t played since injuring himself in Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Dodgers. Manager Dave Martinez said Robles planned to run and get treatment Sunday, then would take batting practice and do more running before Game 3 to determine if he could play.
Roger Federer says he plans to play at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) – Roger Federer says he plans to play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Swiss great, a four-time Olympian, says “at the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play at the Olympic Games again.”
Federer made the announcement in Tokyo during at an exhibition event for his Japanese uniform supplier.
Federer will turn 39 shortly after the Olympic tournament. He had previously planned his schedule up to Wimbledon, which ends two weeks before the Tokyo Games.
He will need a wild-card exemption because he has not played Davis Cup games to be eligible.
Federer won doubles gold for Switzerland with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in singles at the 2012 London Games at Wimbledon.
He missed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics with an injury.
Cycling great Eddy Merckx hospitalized after bike crash
BRUSSELS (AP) – A Belgian newspaper is reporting that cycling great Eddy Merckx sustained head injuries in a crash while riding with friends.
The Het Nieuwsblad newspaper says the 74-year-old Merckx crashed Sunday and was admitted to a hospital in Dendermonde.
Merckx is regarded by many as the greatest cyclist ever. He won five Tour de France titles and a record 34 stages.
The 2019 Tour de France began in Brussels in July and feted Merckx to mark the 50th anniversary of his first Tour victory.
Known as “The Cannibal” for his appetite for winning, Merckx also won five Giro d’Italia titles, one Spanish Vuelta and a string of one-day classic races.
ALCS-FOUL BALL INJURY
Man in Astros dugout injured by foul ball, taken to hospital
HOUSTON (AP) – A man in the Astros dugout who was not in uniform was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Houston’s Michael Brantley during Game 2 of the AL Championship Series and exited with a towel over his head.
The Astros released a statement late in Sunday night’s game on behalf of Harris County Emergency Corps, which said one of its employees was hit and taken to a hospital, where he was evaluated and in stable condition.
Play was briefly halted after the accident in the fifth inning, and Houston manager AJ Hinch came on the field to console a shaken-up Brantley.
Play resumed after a couple of minutes and Brantley struck out but reached first on a wild pitch by Adam Ottavino.