Update on the latest in sports:
Nationals will try to complete a sweep
WASHINGTON (AP) – Patrick Corbin can pitch the Nationals to their first pennant when Washington goes for a four-game sweep of slumping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series. The $140 million lefty starts at home against Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson.
Washington hasn’t put a baseball team in the World Series since 1933, when the Senators lost to the New York Giants in five games. The nation’s capital owns one MLB championship; the Senators won all the way back in 1924. There wasn’t even a baseball team at all in Washington for more than three decades until the Montreal Expos franchise moved to town before the 2005 season and was renamed the Nationals. Until this season, the Nats hadn’t won a playoff series, going 0-4 since 2012.
Cardinals’ bats need to come alive
WASHINGTON (AP) – If the Cardinals want to prevent a four-game sweep and get back into the NL Championship Series, their bats need to wake up fast.
St. Louis has all of two runs and 11 hits through three games and trails 3-0. Washington’s three starters – Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg – have a combined ERA of 0.00. Strasburg took his turn quieting the Cardinals on Monday night, going seven innings in an 8-1 victory. He finished off each of his 12 strikeouts with an off-speed pitch.
Cole hopes to continue long winning streak
NEW YORK (AP) – With the Astros and Yankees tied 1-all, the best-of-seven AL Championship Series shifts to New York for Game 3. Houston ace Gerrit Cole, who is 18-0 with a 1.66 ERA in 24 starts since his last loss on May 22, pitches against Luis Severino.
In beating Tampa Bay in Games 2 and 5 of the Division Series, Cole allowed one run and six hits over 15 2/3 innings, striking out 25 and walking three. His winning streak is the longest by a pitcher in one year since Rube Marquard began 19-0 for the 1912 New York Giants, winning 18 of 19 starts and adding a victory in relief.
Yankees need to decide about Stanton
NEW YORK (AP) – Before setting their lineup for Game 3 against Houston, the Yankees must make a decision on outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger strained his right quadriceps in the series opener and missed Game 2.
Limited by injuries to 18 games during the regular season, Stanton homered and singled in Game 1. If he’s dropped from the roster against the Astros, he will be ineligible to return this year.
Aaron Hicks could get his first start since Aug. 3, taking over in center field from Brett Gardner, who would replace Stanton in left.
Hurricanes begin road trip in L.A.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Coming off of their first loss of the season, to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Carolina Hurricanes begin a four-game road trip tonight against the Kings in Los Angeles.
The matchup is among seven games on tonight’s NHL schedule. After winning for the first time this season on Monday, the Minnesota Wild skates at Toronto. Tampa Bay is at Montreal. Winnipeg hosts Arizona. The Flyers are in Calgary, while the Detroit Red Wings visit Vancouver. And Vegas hosts Nashville.