The Washington Nationals are back in the top spot of the National League (NL) wild-card standings.

Washington came away with a 7-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on Monday.

The victory moved the Nationals 0.5 games in front of the idle Milwaukee Brewers, who have won four in a row and pulled even in the standings one day earlier. 

The Nationals scored a run in each of the first three innings and then added two more in the fifth to pull away. 

Adam Eaton finished three for four with a home run and two runs scored while shortstop Trea Turner also scored three times in the victory. 

Anthony Rendon drove in two runs in the game and now has 122 RBIs this season.

Patrick Corbin scattered three hits and one run over six innings for Washington. He struck out six and walked four while throwing 108 pitches. 

Phillies starter Zach Eflin allowed five earned runs in five innings of work. 

The Phillies (79-76) and Nationals (86-69) will continue their five-game series with a doubleheader on Tuesday. 

 

Choi shines

Choi Ji-man went two for four with three RBIs in the Rays' 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. With the win, Tampa Bay moved 0.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians for the final American League (AL) wild-card spot. 

Poor Lockett

Walker Lockett surrendered two runs and did not record an out in the New York Mets' 8-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. 

 

Brilliant Betts

Red Sox star Mookie Betts produced a superb throw.

Monday's results

Washington Nationals 7-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Toronto Blue Jays 11-10 Baltimore Orioles
Miami Marlins 8-4 New York Mets
Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 Boston Red Sox
St Louis Cardinals 9-7 Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Indians at White Sox

Cleveland, who are battling Tampa Bay for the final AL wild-card spot, will have a chance to pick up some key wins when they begin a three-game series against the lowly White Sox on Tuesday. The Indians will send Mike Clevinger (12-3, 2.54 ERA) to the mound for the opener while Chicago will counter with Hector Santiago (0-1, 5.23 ERA).

The Kansas City Royals clubhouse will have a different feel in 2020 as manager Ned Yost announced his retirement on Monday after 10 seasons with the club.

After back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015 (which Yost and the Royals won the second time), Kansas City have steadily declined with 81 wins in 2016, 80 in 2017, 58 in 2018 and 57 so far in 2019 with five games left in the season.

However, better times are ahead for the Royals, according to Yost, who is retiring at season's end.

And USA Today reported Mike Matheny is expected to take over as manager.

"With the development of our young players and our returning veterans, I feel and hope the worst is behind us in this rebuilding phase of our organisation," Yost said in a release.

"My plan all along was to get us through the rough times then turn it over to a new manager to bring us the rest of the way. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here as your manager and will never forget the good and the hard times we had together as an organisation and a fan base. I will never forget the fact that you fans supported us through it all. Kansas City will always have a special place in my heart, and I look forward to rooting the Royals on to their next world championship very soon."

Yost, 64, became the franchise's winningest manager after just five seasons and retires with 744 wins with the Royals.

He also managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-08, collecting 457 wins to retire with 1,201 for his career – good for 45th all time.

Matheny, 49, most recently managed the Cardinals from 2012 until the middle of the 2018 season when he was fired. He had a 591-474 record with St Louis.

Matheny would have pieces to work with as he takes over a club led by second baseman Whit Merrifield, a 2019 All-Star; outfielder Jorge Soler, who became the first Royal in franchise history to hit 40 home runs this season; and third baseman Hunter Dozier, who has enjoyed a breakout 2019 season with 26 homers and 86 RBIs.

The Houston Astros secured a third successive American League West title thanks to Sunday's 13-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels in MLB.

Houston boast one of the best line-ups in baseball and their power-hitting was on full display against Los Angeles.

George Springer hit three home runs and added four RBIs, while Alex Bregman and Aledmys Diaz also contributed homers.

Astros starter Justin Verlander allowed two runs over five innings and improved his record to 20-6 this season.

The Angels tallied eight hits and had two from Andrelton Simmons. Michael Hermosillo chipped in two RBIs.

 

Eric tames Pirates

Eric Thames hit two home runs as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3.

Luis Severino notched nine strikeouts in the New York Yankees' 8-3 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Christian Vazquez went three for five with three RBIs to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Riley struggles against Giants

Austin Riley was hitless in four at-bats and struck out three times as the Atlanta Braves fell to the San Francisco Giants 4-1.

 

Cardinals flying into playoffs

The St Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs.

 

Sunday's results

Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Seattle Mariners
New York Yankees 8-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Miami Marlins 5-3 Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox 7-4 Tampa Bay Rays
New York Mets 6-3 Cincinnati Reds
Detroit Tigers 6-3 Chicago White Sox
San Francisco Giants 4-1 Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Houston Astros 13-5 Los Angeles Angels
Minnesota Twins 12-8 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 3-2 Chicago Cubs
Texas Rangers 8-3 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 6-4 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 Colorado Rockies
Cleveland Indians 10-1 Philadelphia Phillies

 

Red Sox at Rays

Tampa Bay are still battling with Cleveland for the second American League wild-card spot. The Indians' upcoming series against the White Sox will not make things easy for the Rays, so they will need to hold off Boston on Monday.

The MLB American League wild-card race is heating up after the Tampa Bay Rays moved ahead of the Cleveland Indians.

Tampa Bay sit in second spot with a one-game lead over the Indians after their 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in 11 innings. 

Cleveland, meanwhile, fell to the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-4 on Saturday.

The Rays' victory came courtesy of a Nate Lowe walk-off home run in the final frame against the Red Sox.

The two-run homer was Lowe's seventh of the season.

Tampa Bay earned an early 2-1 lead, but the Red Sox used a two-run homer in the eighth inning to send the game into extras.

Boston also scored again in the top of the 11th off a Mitch Moreland homer, but then Lowe followed it up with his game-winning heroics.

The Rays and Red Sox have two more matchups remaining in their four-game series. 

 

Paxton powers Yankees

James Paxton threw six scoreless innings and improved his record to 15-6 this season in the New York Yankees' 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Jose Abreu went three for five with two RBIs and a run scored as the Chicago White Sox topped the Detroit Tigers 5-3.

 

Kimbrel handed loss as Cubs fail to roar

Craig Kimbrel took the loss after allowing two runs, on two homers, in one inning of work as the Chicago Cubs fell to the St Louis Cardinals 9-8. 

Robinson Cano was 0 for four with three strikeouts in the New York Mets' 3-2 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds. 

 

Hiura hits homer

Keston Hiura sent this one over the left-centerfield fence in the Milwaukee Brewers' 10-1 demolition of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stephen Strasburg can do it all was at his brilliant best as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-4.

 

Saturday's results

New York Yankees 7-2 Toronto Blue Jays
St Louis Cardinals 9-8 Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds 3-2 New York Mets
Chicago White Sox 5-3 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 10-4 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels 8-4 Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners 7-6 Baltimore Orioles
Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 Cleveland Indians
Milwaukee Brewers 10-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Atlanta Braves 8-1 San Francisco Giants
Kansas City Royals 12-5 Minnesota Twins
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 San Diego Padres
Oakland Athletics 12-3 Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies 4-2 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Cardinals at Cubs

The Cardinals have won the first three games of this series, extending Chicago's losing streak to five. The Cubs have fallen behind the Brewers in the race for the second National League wild-card spot and will need to get on track, quickly. They will send Yu Darvish (6-7, 4.02 ERA) to the mound while St Louis will counter with Miles Mikolas (9-14, 4.29 ERA).

The San Diego Padres sacked manager Andy Green, general manager A.J. Preller announced on Saturday.

San Diego axed Green with just more than a week remaining in another sub-.500 season for the MLB franchise.

The Padres entered Saturday's play with a 69-85 (.448) record, 30 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

Green was in his fourth campaign as Padres manager, having been hired on October 29, 2015, and the 41-year-old finishes with a 274-366 (.428) mark as the team's skipper. He had two years remaining on the contract extension he signed in August 2017.

Bench coach Rod Barajas will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the 2019 season.

"I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons," Preller said in a statement. "This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organisation to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego."

Preller said the team's search for a new manager would begin immediately.

"Andy's class, dignity and leadership through a difficult developmental period for our team should be applauded," executive chairman Ron Fowler and general partner Peter Seidler said in a joint statement. "On behalf of the entire Padres organisation, we wish Andy and the Green family the best."

The Padres made big news in the offseason, signing Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300million contract, and then brought top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. to the majors to start the season, but neither could turn the Padres' fortunes.

San Diego – who have struggled with injuries, inconsistent pitching and lack of offensive output — will miss the playoffs for the 13th straight season and finish below .500 for the fourth consecutive campaign under Green.

The Padres' 4.0 runs per game, .236 batting average and .695 OPS since 2016 were all the worst in MLB. That combined with a 4.62 team ERA was a recipe for a second-half collapse. San Diego were 45-45 at the All-Star Break but have gone just 24-40 since.

The Atlanta Braves used a 6-0 shutout against the San Francisco Giants to take the top spot in the National League (NL) East for the second consecutive MLB season.

Ronald Acuna Jr. led Atlanta with a perfect night at the plate. He was two for two with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Mike Foltynewicz did the bulk of the work on the mound. He pitched a solid eight innings where he allowed just three hits while striking out seven.

Tyler Beede got tagged with the loss after six innings of work. He gave up six runs on seven hits.

Awesome Alonso

The New York Mets' Pete Alonso continued his impressive rookie season by becoming the first player in MLB this year to hit 50 home runs. Alonso is only the second rookie (Aaron Judge, 52, 2017) to complete the feat.

The Cardinals did not need much to hold off the Cubs 2-1 and Yadier Molina led the efforts with three of St Louis' four hits and both RBIs.

The Cleveland Indians remain in position to make it to the postseason with some help from Carlos Carrasco, who got his first save in five years in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Hernandez struggles

Felix Hernandez struggled in the Seattle Mariners' 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and only striking out three.

The Tigers barely took their bats off their shoulders against the White Sox. Detroit mustered just one run in a 10-1 loss to the White Sox.

 

Perfection from Crawford

The chase, the slide, the catch, Brandon Crawford made a perfect defensive play for the Giants.

Eloy Jimenez hit a grand slam for the White Sox.

Friday's results

St Louis Cardinals 2-1 Chicago Cubs
Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Seattle Mariners
Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 New York Yankees
New York Mets 8-1 Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians 5-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago White Sox 10-1 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 6-4 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Boston Red Sox
Atlanta Braves 6-0 San Francisco Giants
Houston Astros 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
Milwaukee Brewers 10-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Oakland Athletics 8-0 Texas Rangers
Arizona Diamondbacks 9-0 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 12-5 Colorado Rockies

 

Red Sox at Rays

The Rays are trying to hold onto the second American League (AL) wildcard spot. The Indians' win on Friday now puts some pressure on the Rays, who are coming off a win themselves – a big win in fact, that knocked the Red Sox out of playoff contention. Boston seemingly have nothing left to play for while Tampa Bay want to keep their season going and look to Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 2.02 ERA) for a good start on the mound on Saturday.

New York Yankees star Gleyber Torres suffered an injury during a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

Torres, who leads New York with 38 home runs this season, left Friday's game after falling awkwardly when making a play up the middle.

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game Torres was feeling weak in the legs. He will undergo precautionary tests on Saturday.

On the play in question, Torres fielded a ball up the middle, gathered himself to throw, but slipped and oddly stretched out his leg on the play.

He initially stayed in the game, but came out soon after.

The Yankees have set an MLB record this season with players sent to the injured list and losing Torres would be a massive blow late in the season, especially considering they are just a game back of the Houston Astros for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

New York lost to the Blue Jays 4-3 on Friday.

The play-off chasing Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers boosted their wild-card hopes in MLB action on Thursday.

Cleveland moved back into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card spot in the American League with a 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.

The Brewers moved one game up on the Chicago Cubs by virtue of their 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres and Cubs' 5-4 loss to the St Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs made an exciting late push in their game, rallying from three runs down to tie it up 4-4 in the ninth inning, but a Matt Carpenter homer in the 10th off Craig Kimbrel – who was making his return from injury – put the game out of reach.

The race in the National League Central is now all but settled for the Cubs. St Louis lead by four games with six matchups with Chicago remaining in the season. The Cubs would have to go 5-1 in those games just to tie the Cardinals.

However, the Brewers do remain just three games behind, and if the Cubs were to go 5-1, they could possibly take the lead in the division.

 

Elmore powers Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jake Elmore went three for five with a double and two RBIs in the team's 6-5 defeat to the Seattle Mariners in extra innings.

Boston Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez tossed six innings while allowing one unearned run and striking out 10 in a 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants. The win was Rodriguez's 18th of the year.

Brett Gardner went two for three with a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs as the New York Yankees won 9-1 against the Los Angeles Angels to clinch their first AL East title since 2012.

 

Padres pair struggle

Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe combined to go 0 for eight with two strikeouts in the Padres' loss to the Brewers.

 

Acuna nearing MLB feat

Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. is now three stolen bases away from a 40/40 season as he hit his 40th home run of the year in a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Thursday's results

Atlanta Braves 5-4 Philadelphia Phillies
Seattle Mariners 6-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 San Diego Padres
Boston Red Sox 5-4 San Francisco Giants
Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 9-1 Los Angeles Angels
Cleveland Indians 7-0 Detroit Tigers
St Louis Cardinals 5-4 Chicago Cubs
Minnesota Twins 8-5 Kansas City Royals

 

Phillies at Indians 

The Phillies are just about out of the wild-card race as they sit four games adrift of the Brewers for the second spot, but as John Belushi famously asked: "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" Of course not. The Phillies technically have time to get back into a playoff spot, but they have to be just about perfect. The problem is the Indians are also fighting for a playoff spot so they will not be an easy out.

The New York Yankees claimed their first MLB American League East title since 2012.

New York ended their drought in the AL with a 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

It has been a remarkable season for the Yankees, and not only because of the superb individual performances but by how many players contributed to the title.

Players like Gio Urshela, Mike Tauchman and Mike Ford were relatively unknown to the Yankees before the season started, but they have combined to hit 44 home runs and drive in 139 runs this year as Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks all missed significant amounts of time.

However, the Yankees' studs still performed well.

Second-year second baseman Gleyber Torres has hit 38 homers this season. Luke Voit has 21 while Brett Gardner, who has more than Judge and DJ LeMahieu, has been an MVP candidate in his first season in the pinstripes.

And even though Luis Severino just made his first appearance of 2019, the New York bullpen held down close games night after night. Starters like James Paxton (14-8, 3.88 ERA) and Domingo German (18-4, 4.09) also gave the Yankees a good enough rotation to support a potent line-up.

They entered Thursday's game with a franchise-record 288 home runs this year, trailing just the Minnesota Twins (289) in a race to set the all-time mark for a team in a season — they have both already broken the record which New York set last year.

Now, the Yankees turn their attention to the postseason where they have not won a pennant nor World Series since 2009. The last chance the Yankees had was in in 2017, when they lost to the Houston Astros in seven games in the American League Championship Series.

The Yankees' path likely goes through Houston again and now they have to compete with the Astros for the best record in MLB and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The Astros hold the tie-breaker over the Yankees by virtue of winning the season series 4-3.

But the Yankees' story is just getting started.

Pay attention to the MLB right now – there is drama galore as the season is coming to a close.

In the NFL, it was a bad week for quarterbacks. In the NHL, some of the best players in the league have finally signed.

All that and more this week in US Sports.

 

1. Wildcard races neck and neck

Absolutely nothing is decided in the MLB's playoff picture. Four teams have locked up playoff spots in the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, but not one of those teams knows whether they will have home-field advantage in the playoffs nor who they will be playing when the postseason rolls around.

In the race for the best record in MLB and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Astros lead the Yankees by one game and the Dodgers by two. In the race for the best record in the NL, the Dodgers lead the Braves by 4.5 games but Atlanta still have a shot to overtake Los Angeles.

Minnesota and St Louis are in the lead in their respective divisions, but the Twins lead the Cleveland Indians by just four games and the Cardinals lead the Chicago Cubs by three. Things could change down the stretch in those races.

But where the intrigue truly lies is in the wildcard races. In the NL, the Washington Nationals lead the Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers by 1.5 games for the first wildcard spot. In the AL, the Oakland Athletics lead the Tampa Bay Rays by two games for the first spot and the Indians by 2.5 games.

So much could happen in the final 10 games of the season across the league and odds are, the race will come down to the final games of the season which is when baseball is at its best.

 

2. NFL quarterbacks dropping like flies

It is not a good time to be a quarterback in the NFL.

After Week 1, the league lost the Jacksonville Jaguars' Nick Foles to a broken collarbone and the New York Jets' Sam Darnold to mono. Then in Week 2, the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees was knocked out for six to eight weeks with a thumb injury, the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out for the year with an elbow problem and the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton is questionable for Week 3 with a foot injury.

And also, while it was not due to injury, it appears Eli Manning's time with the New York Giants is up as the two-time Super Bowl winner was benched in favour of rookie Daniel Jones. That means this weekend, 20 per cent of the starters in Week 1 across the league could not see the field at all.

It has been a rollercoaster of a first two weeks in the NFL.

 

3. Yankees lose one of best starters for at least seven days

The Yankees have been destroyed by injuries this season, setting an MLB record by placing 29 players on the injured list this year. But on Thursday, they lost a player for a reason that was not injury related.

MLB announced pitcher Domingo German, who leads New York in wins this season with 18, was placed on administrative leave under the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy. He must sit out for at least seven days as a result.

 

4. NHL RFAs start signing deals

Just a week ago there were questions as to whether some of the best players in the NHL would play at all this season. Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner, Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy and Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot all were waiting for deals as NHL training camps opened up.

But this week the levees broke and all three men signed massive deals. Marner signed a deal worth upwards of $10million per year, McAvoy signed a more conservative three-year contract and Chabot signed an eight-year deal.

This was massively good news for the league, but it also calls to attention several players who remain unsigned including Winnipeg Jets forwards Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor and Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen.

It is great that some of the best players in the NHL will be playing this year but there is still much to be settled in the RFA market.

New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German has been placed on administrative leave under MLB's domestic violence policy, the league announced Thursday.

According to the release, the league is still is investigating an alleged incident, although details were not made public. The initial leave period can last up to seven days, but can be extended. 

The Yankees released a statement shortly after MLB's announcement saying they will co-operate fully.

"We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner’s Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence," the Yankees said. "We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process. 

"We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion. All questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Office of the Commissioner."

German, 27, has been instrumental in the Yankees' rotation as they have battled a myriad of injuries this season. The right-hander is 18-4 on the year with a 4.03 ERA in 27 appearances (24 starts).

In a corresponding move, the Yankees announced they have signed right-hander Michael King to a major league deal and added him to their roster. King, 24, was the Yankees' minor league pitcher of the year in 2018 but spent most of this season rehabbing a spring training elbow injury. 

 

 

The National League wild-card race is far from over after the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers both lost in MLB on Wednesday.

Chicago fell 3-2 against the Cincinnati Reds, while Milwaukee lost 2-1 to the San Diego Padres midweek – leaving the two teams tied for the second NL wild-card position.

The Cubs and Brewers had chances to move to within one game of the Washington Nationals in top spot after the latter lost to the St Louis Cardinals, but they were unable to capitalise.

The Cubs have seven games remaining against the Cardinals this season over their final 10. They have a chance to either overtake St Louis or fall behind the Brewers.

 

Hilliard shines as Rockies crumble

Colorado Rockies outfielder Sam Hilliard went two for four with two home runs in a 7-4 loss to the New York Mets.

Kansas City Royals starter Danny Duffy and Oakland Athletics pitcher Homer Bailey each tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out a combined 17 batters. Oakland claimed a 1-0 extra-inning win.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin tossed seven scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Gerrit Cole struck out 10 batters in eight innings of work as the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-2. Cole now has 302 strikeouts for the season and Houston have won 100 games for the third year in a row.

 

Castro costly for Orioles

Baltimore Orioles reliever Miguel Castro gave up five earned runs in two thirds of an inning as his team lost 11-10 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Fowler says no!

Dexter Fowler robbed a home run in the Cardinals' 5-1 win over the Nationals.

 

Wednesday's results

St Louis Cardinals 5-1 Washington Nationals
New York Mets 7-4 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Miami Marlins
Oakland Athletics 1-0 Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels 3-2 New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays 11-10 Baltimore Orioles
Cleveland Indians 2-1 Detroit tigers
Seattle Mariners 4-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants 11-3 Boston Red Sox
Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Atlanta Braves
Chicago White Sox 3-1 Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres 2-1 Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros 3-2 Texas Rangers
Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Cardinals at Cubs

The Cubs are three games adrift of the Cardinals for first in the NL Central. This is the opener of a four-game series between the division rivals. The Central will be decided in this stretch.

The Milwaukee Brewers moved level with the Chicago Cubs in the MLB's wild-card race after beating the San Diego Padres 3-1.

Tuesday's win against the Padres means the Brewers and Cubs both have 82-69 records and are tied for the second National League wild-card spot.

The Brewers and Cubs are level after Chicago lost 4-2 to the Cincinnati Reds.

Milwaukee and San Diego combined to tally eight hits in Tuesday's game as each team totalled four apiece.

The difference was that two of Milwaukee's hits were home runs from Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas.

San Diego, on the other hand, had their only run driven in by a Hunter Renfroe home run in the seventh inning.

The Padres also had a strong showing from Chris Paddack, who struck out nine batters in five innings of work.

The Brewers have now won four straight games despite losing star Christian Yelich to a season-ending knee injury earlier this month.

 

Corbin stifles Cardinals

Patrick Corbin struck out 11 batters in the Washington Nationals' 6-2 win against the St Louis Cardinals.

Jordan Luplow went two for three and tallied two RBIs as the Cleveland Indians topped the Detroit Tigers 7-2.

Marco Gonzales pitched seven scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates to help the Seattle Mariners claim a 6-0 victory.

 

Alberto awful in Orioles loss

Hanser Alberto was hitless in four at-bats as the Baltimore Orioles fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5.

Aaron Judge went 0 for four and struck out three times but the New York Yankees shut out the Los Angeles Angels 8-0.

 

Nolan with the arm!

This was a heads-up play by the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado in a 6-1 loss against the New York Mets.

 

Tuesday's results

New York Yankees 8-0 Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners 6-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 Baltimore Orioles
Cleveland Indians 7-2 Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 San Diego Padres
Minnesota Twins 9-8 Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Chicago Cubs
Washington Nationals 6-2 St Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros 4-1 Texas Rangers
New York Mets 6-1 Colorado Rockies
Oakland Athletics 2-1 Kansas City Royals
San Francisco Giants 7-6 Boston Red Sox
Miami Marlins 12-6 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 Tampa Bay Rays

 

Tigers at Indians

Cleveland and Tampa Bay are competing for the second American League wild-card spot. The Indians have to take advantage of the fact they are playing the lowly Tigers, while the Rays are matched up with the Dodgers.

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with solicitation of a minor, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has confirmed.

According to the FDLE, Vazquez is facing one count of "computer pornography – solicitation of a child" and another of "providing obscene material to minors".

The 28-year-old had several electronic devices seized after a search warrant was served at his Pittsburgh apartment on Tuesday and could face additional charges after they are forensically examined.

An FDLE statement read: "FDLE agents, with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police, today arrested Felipe Vazquez, 28, of Saint Cloud, FL, for one count of computer pornography – solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors.

"Vazquez, a baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was taken into custody in Pittsburgh this morning on a felony warrant out of Lee County, Florida.

"FDLE's investigation began in August of this year after agents obtained information that Vazquez had a reported sexual relationship with a 13-year old female victim who resides in Lee County. The victim, now 15 years of age, was continuing to have a relationship with Vazquez via text messaging and received a video in July from him in which he is shown performing a sex act.

"Additionally, Vazquez allegedly sent the victim text messages suggesting they would meet for sex after his baseball season was over.

"FDLE agents and Pennsylvania State Police served a search warrant today at Vazquez's apartment in Pittsburgh. Several electronic devices were seized and will be examined as part of this investigation. Additional charges are dependent upon completion of forensic exams.

"Vazquez was taken to the Allegheny County Jail, where he will face extradition to Lee County, Florida."

A statement from Pirates president Frank Coonelly read: "We were [on Tuesday] made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vazquez and his subsequent arrest.

"We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously. We have informed the [MLB] Commissioner's Office of the investigation and arrest. The Commissioner's Office will immediately place Felipe Vazquez on administrative leave (and, as a result, Restricted List) pursuant to the joint MLB/MLBPA Policy.

"We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding. As a result, the organisation, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time."

Representatives for Vazquez did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The Chicago Cubs continued to hold onto a wildcard spot, winning a fifth straight game by topping the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 in MLB on Monday.

The Cubs keep finding a way to get it done and remain one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, who beat the San Diego Padres 5-1.

Chicago's Kyle Schwarber only went one for four, but hit a home run and tallied three RBIs.

Ben Zobrist and Willson Contreras were the only Cubs to get multiple hits, as each went two for four.

The Reds only managed to get six hits off Chicago pitching, and two came from Jose Peraza.

The Cubs improved to 82-68, while the Brewers sit at 81-69.

Super Spangenberg

Cory Spangenberg went two for three and notched three RBIs in Milwaukee's win.

Luis Arraez went three for four with two RBIs as the Minnesota Twins topped the Chicago White Sox 5-3.

 

Cabrera struggles

Miguel Cabrera was hitless in four at-bats as the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2.

Trea Turner went 0 for four in the Washington Nationals' 4-2 loss to the St Louis Cardinals.

 

Rendon homers

Anthony Rendon sent a ball a long way.

Monday's results

Detroit Tigers 5-2 Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 San Diego Padres
Minnesota Twins 5-3 Chicago White Sox
St Louis Cardinals 4-2 Washington Nationals
Chicago Cubs 8-2 Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies 9-4 New York Mets
Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals 6-5 Oakland Athletics

 

Padres at Brewers

The Brewers have to keep winning in order to keep up with the Cubs. They have the opportunity to catch Chicago while they are matched up against a team that have not been very good this year.

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