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.

The Chicago White Sox's Lucas Giolito will not pitch again in 2019.

The White Sox announced on Monday that an MRI revealed the pitcher has a strained lat and will miss the remainder of the season.

There are no "long-term concerns" with the injury, the team said in a release.

Chicago are far from the playoff picture at 65-85 and sit in third in the American League Central. But Giolito has had a great season.

The 25-year-old made his first All-Star team in 2019 and recorded a 14-9 record with a 3.41 ERA.

Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich said it "kind of sucks" to be missing the rest of the MLB season due to injury.

The Brewers do not have their best player as they chase the second National League (NL) wildcard spot. 

Yelich will miss the rest of 2019 after fracturing his knee cap in a game against the Miami Marlins earlier this month.

Yelich addressed the injury when he met with reporters on Monday. 

"It's life in sports," Yelich said, via MLB.com.

"There's a lot of work that goes into being in a position like we were this season, but, hey, sometimes it just doesn't go in your favour. It's actually the first time I've ever broken anything in my life or had a real injury. It kind of sucks in that aspect, but it's pro sports. Injuries happen. At times, it's just very unfortunate. It seems to be one of those things that's just not fair at the moment."

The 2018 NL MVP did not require surgery and his recovery time is expected to be eight to 10 weeks. 

"I think the hardest part of the whole thing was the unknown for about 24 hours," Yelich said. "Just a broad spectrum of outcomes and recovery times depending on what the MRI showed."

The 27-year-old outfielder will finish the season slashing .329/.429/.671 with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs.

"Trust me, I had my pity party that night at the stadium," Yelich said about the injury. "I felt terrible. I was down in the dumps. After leaving the stadium – shower, put your street clothes on, get going – it's all just being positive and trying to get back. I haven't spent any time on 'Why me?' or 'Why this?' It happened. I have no way to change it now, so it's just about getting better, getting back out there.

"Trust me, I wish I could have an impact on this race, or if we make the playoffs, participate in that. It's just not going to happen, so there's no point in dwelling on it or letting it get you down."

The Brewers entered play on Monday one game out of the second NL wildcard spot with an 80-69 record.

The Milwaukee Brewers are still chasing a wildcard spot and got a big 7-6 win over the St Louis Cardinals in MLB on Sunday.

The Brewers trailed down the stretch but jumped into the lead after Ryan Braun notched a ninth-inning grand slam.

Braun's home run was the most important hit in the game, but Milwaukee also got a home run from Cory Spangenberg in the seventh inning. 

The Brewers totalled 12 hits to the Cardinals' five.

Two of St Louis' five hits came from Harrison Bader, who had two home runs and two RBIs.

Milwaukee (80-69) are one game back of the Chicago Cubs, who hold the National League's second wildcard spot and steamrolled the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6 on Sunday.

The Brewers begin a four-game series against the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Remarkable Reddick

Josh Reddick went a perfect five for five and tallied three RBIs in the Houston Astros' 12-3 win against the Kansas City Royals.

Eddie Rosario hit two home runs in the Minnesota Twins' 7-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Christian Vazquez hit two home runs and totalled five RBIs to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Fried fails for Braves

Atlanta's Max Fried gave up five runs in 2.1 innings as the Braves were shut out by the Washington Nationals 7-0.

Luke Voit was hitless in four at-bats as the New York Yankees fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4.

 

Suarez homers again

Cincinnati's Eugenio Suarez smashed another home run.

Sunday's results

Boston Red Sox 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians 7-5 Minnesota Twins
Baltimore Orioles 8-2 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 7-0 Atlanta Braves
Houston Astros 12-3 Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 St Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs 16-6 Pittsburgh Pirates
Oakland Athletics 6-1 Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies 10-5 San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants 2-1 Miami Marlins
Los Angeles Angels 6-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
Seattle Mariners 11-10 Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 New York Mets

 

Nationals at Cardinals

This three-game series between Washington and St Louis could see the Cardinals bumped down to a wildcard spot if the Nationals outplay them. It should make for some exciting and competitive baseball.

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout's strong 2019 campaign is set to come to an early end as he prepares for foot surgery.

The outfielder will have surgery in the coming week, the Angels announced on Sunday.

Trout has Morton's neuroma in his right foot, which is a pinched nerve that is painful in the ball of the foot. 

He has been out since September 8 dealing with foot pain.

"Mike Trout tested his foot in on-field activities today. There continues to be pain present with testing, and to address the issue, surgery is the recommended course of action," Angels general manager Billy Eppler said on Sunday.

"Mike is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the Morton's neuroma in his right foot later this week.

The New York Mets kept pace in the National League (NL) wildcard race thanks to a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB on Saturday.

The Mets and Dodgers only totalled six hits total at Citi Field, but the Mets got a big hit at an opportune time.

Rajai Davis hit a three-run double in the eighth inning to give his team the lead, helping keep the Mets' postseason hopes alive with a 3-0 victory.

Jacob deGrom's stellar pitching held the Dodgers off through seven innings of work. He notched eight strikeouts and pitched like the Cy Young winner he is.

The Mets are three games back from the NL's second wildcard spot with a 77-71 record. The Chicago Cubs hold the spot and the Milwaukee Brewers are also ahead of the Mets.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 96-54 and have the best record in the NL. But with a win from the Astros, Los Angeles are now down one game to Houston and two games to the New York Yankees for the best record in MLB.

Marvellous Markakis

Nick Markakis went four for five with two RBIs in the Atlanta Braves' 10-1 win against the Washington Nationals.

Brett Gardner tallied two home runs and five RBIs in the Yankees' 13-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kris Bryant went a perfect three for three and hit a home run as the Cubs took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-1.

 

Cruz goes hitless

Nelson Cruz was hitless in four at-bats and struck out three times in the Minnesota Twins' 2-0 victory against the Cleveland Indians.

 

Awesome Eaton

Adam Eaton somehow made a circus catch.

Saturday's results

Minnesota Twins 2-0 Cleveland Indians
Minnesota Twins 9-5 Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs 14-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Yankees 13-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves 10-1 Washington Nationals
Detroit Tigers 8-4 Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox 2-1 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets 3-0 Los Angeles Dodgers
Houston Astros 6-1 Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 St Louis Cardinals
Oakland Athletics 8-6 Texas Rangers
Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies 11-10 San Diego Padres
Miami Marlins 4-2 San Francisco Giants
Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners 2-1 Chicago White Sox

 

Brewers at Cardinals

Milwaukee are one game back from the Cubs for the NL's second wildcard spot and have split the first two games of a three-game series with the St Louis so far. If the Brewers can win the rubber game on Sunday, they have a chance to move into a tie for a playoff spot with a Cubs loss.

Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz recalled the chilling details of his time spent in the hospital after being shot in June.

Ortiz, who threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park on Monday, sat down with the Boston Globe for his first public comments since the shooting.

In the interview, he talked about the incident and the investigation.

"I felt a burning sensation," Ortiz said. "I felt weird, like not myself, as I went down."

Ortiz, 43, was at a Santo Domingo bar in his native Dominican Republic on June 9 when a suspect shot him at close range. 

He had to have three surgeries and suffered a potentially deadly infection while recovering.

"I had nightmares all the time about being in the desert, looking for water," Ortiz said. "I would wake up with my mouth dry and feeling like I'm going to die."

He added: "People need to understand, this isn't a movie where you get shot in the street and you're back two minutes later. No, I got shot and almost died. I only have one life to live. I can't just go to the pharmacy and buy another one."

When Ortiz returned to Boston, he hired former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis' firm, The Edward Davis Company, to look into the shooting.

"I want to find out who did this," Ortiz said. "I'm not going to sit around and chill if there's somebody out there who wants to kill me."

A 10-time All-Star, Ortiz is an icon in Boston, where he helped lead the Red Sox to three World Series titles.

He was released from the hospital at the end of July.

"I like to embrace people, make them feel comfortable around me," Ortiz said. "I was always very accessible, but I think I'm going to cut down on that a little now.

"One lesson I've learned is that you can't be naive. There are a lot of things going on now that you have to be aware of. I need to pay attention and be more careful."

The Chicago Cubs crushed the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-8 at Wrigley Field on Friday and the visiting team's poor pitching was a big reason why.

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras went yard twice while Nicholas Castellanos, Anthony Rizzo and Nico Hoerner each notched one home run apiece.

Chicago totalled five home runs in all and it was not a good night for Pirates starter Steven Brault.

Brault became the first pitcher in MLB's Live Ball Era to allow 10 earned runs and five home runs in three innings or less.

He forked up eight hits in just 2.2 innings before being relieved.

Pittsburgh's offense was not bad though, as they tallied 13 hits from eight different batters.

The Pirates remain far from playoff contention with a 65-83 record while the Cubs are second in the National League (NL) Central with a 79-68 mark.

Chicago are just holding onto the NL's second wildcard spot.

The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers both lost their Friday matchups, giving the Cubs a little more breathing room as they look to remain in the hunt.

Chicago are up a half game on Milwaukee and three on the Mets for the second wildcard spot. The Philadelphia Phillies, who are also in pursuit of that spot, were idle on Friday.

Lux lifts Dodgers

Rookie Gavin Lux homered and drove in three runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the New York Mets 9-2.

Bo Bichette went three for five and scored two runs for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 6-5 win against the New York Yankees.

 

Flowers fails

The Atlanta Braves' Tyler Flowers was hitless in five at-bats in his team's 5-0 victory against the Washington Nationals.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera went 0 for four in the Tigers' 6-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Miraculous LeMahieu

The Yankees' DJ LeMahieu managed to create an incredible double play.

Friday's results

Chicago Cubs 17-8 Pittsburgh Pirates
Atlanta Braves 5-0 Washington Nationals
Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 New York Mets
Oakland Athletics 14-9 Texas Rangers
Houston Astros 4-1 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 10-0 Milwaukee Brewers
Colorado Rockies 10-8 San Diego Padres
Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Tampa Bay Rays 11-4 Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants 1-0 Miami Marlins
Chicago White Sox 9-7 Seattle Mariners

 

Twins at Indians

Cleveland are right outside the playoff picture and just 3.5 games back from American League (AL) Central-leading Minnesota. The Indians are on the brink of a postseason appearance so beating their toughest divisional rivals could be huge for them as they look to build momentum.

Freddie Freeman experienced some discomfort during the Atlanta Braves' matchup against the Washington Nationals and was forced to leave the contest early because of it.

The Braves announced that the first baseman was removed from the game because of right elbow soreness.

The four-time All-Star has been a big part of Atlanta's success in 2019.

Freeman, 30, is having a career year and is slashing .303/.393/.568 with 38 home runs and a team-leading 117 RBIs.

Atlanta entered Friday atop the National League (NL) East with a 91-57 record.

Without Freeman, a 2018 Gold Glove Award winner, the Braves would likely see a decline offensively and defensively.

Freeman was hitless in two at-bats against Washington before exiting the contest in the bottom of the fourth inning.

No one was giving up any ground in the National League wild-card race as the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies all won in MLB action.

Thursday's victories mean the quartet are now separated by just two games in the race for the second NL wild-card spot.

The Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 4-1, the Brewers edged the Miami Marlins 3-2, the Mets crushed the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-1 and the Phillies were too good for the Atlanta Braves 9-5.

With 16 games remaining in the regular season, the Brewers and Cubs have the leg up in the race, but Milwaukee clearly have an advantage over Chicago down the stretch.

The combined winning percentage of the Brewers' opponents over the final 16 games of the season is around .469, while the Cubs have to face the NL Central-leading St Louis Cardinals in two series and their opponents have a combined winning percentage of about .501.

As for the Mets and Phillies, Philadelphia have a serious challenge on their hands with series against the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, Braves and Boston Red Sox. But, they end the season against the Marlins.

The Mets have to play the Los Angeles Dodgers and Braves over their final 16 games, so it will not be easy down the stretch for them, either.

 

Voit powers Yankees in doubleheader

New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit went three for five with a double, a home run and three RBIs in a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers, who also lost 6-4 in a doubleheader.

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove tossed five scoreless innings while striking out seven in a 4-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants.

Toronto Blue Jays rookie Cavan Biggio went three for four with a triple and an RBI in a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.

 

Hilliard humbled as Rockies crumble

Colorado Rockies outfielder Sam Hilliard went 0 for three with three strikeouts in a 10-3 loss to the Cardinals.

 

Not on Astudillo's watch

Minnesota Twins third baseman Willians Astudillo made an awesome running catch in foul territory.

 

Thursday's results

Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 11-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
New York Yankees 10-4 Detroit Tigers
New York Yankees 6-4 Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals 6-3 Chicago White Sox
St Louis Cardinals 10-3 Colorado Rockies
Chicago Cubs 4-1 San Diego Padres
Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 Atlanta Braves
Boston Red Sox 7-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Baltimore Orioles
Washington Nationals 12-6 Minnesota Twins
Texas Rangers 6-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Oakland Athletics 3-2 Houston Astros
Cincinnati Reds 11-5 Seattle Mariners

 

Dodgers at Mets

The Mets really need to take two out of three games in this series. It is going to be a challenge, but to keep pace with the Brewers, who face few challenges down the stretch, New York will have to win as much as they can, even in a series against the team with the best record in the NL.

Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich said he will be "just fine" following his season-ending knee injury.

Yelich will miss the remainder of the MLB campaign after fracturing his knee cap in Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins.

The 2018 National League MVP and two-time Silver Slugger addressed the injury on Thursday.

"Thank You to all those who have reached out over the last couple days it means a lot," Yelich wrote via Twitter.

"Frustrating way for a season to end but these things happen in sports. I will be just fine and am looking forward to making a full recovery and supporting the boys the rest of the season."

Yelich – a two-time All-Star – suffered the injury after lining a ball off his leg. He stayed down on the ground for several moments and was attended to by trainers before walking off the field under his own power. 

The 27-year-old will not require surgery and his recovery time is expected to be eight to 10 weeks. 

"We have to move forward," Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters on Tuesday. "We feel awful for Christian. That's the thing kind of resonating with me right now is he's a special player, and it's a joy to watch him play every day. And he's the best at what he does. So not being able to see that every day is definitely no good. But we've got to respond, and we have a great opportunity."

Yelich will finish the season slashing .329/.429/.671 with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs.

The Brewers ended play on Thursday in the thick of the NL wild-card race with a 78-68 record. 

Another week, another news cycle dominated by Antonio Brown.

But while all of that was going on, several big injuries hit both major sports in full swing.

And also, disappointment at FIBA World Cup for defending champions the United States.

All of that and more on this week in US Sports.

 

1. Brown dominates headlines

The Antonio Brown drama just will not stop. As of last Thursday, the wide receiver was fighting with his team the Oakland Raiders, his general manager and social media. Now, one week later, he has been released, signed with the New England Patriots and has had a civil suit filed against him alleging he raped and sexually assaulted his former trainer.

It has been a long week for Brown, and he is in a similar spot to where he was a week ago — waiting to see what will happen come on Sunday.

Will the NFL or Patriots suspend Brown? Well, the Patriots can suspend him, the NFL would likely only put him on the commissioner's exempt list, but either way, he is once again in wait and see mode as are all NFL fans.

The Patriots play the lowly Miami Dolphins on Sunday though, so his return at least is not pressing for New England.

2. NFL injuries pile up

With the first week of the NFL season there is football, but there is also disappointment and most of said disappointment comes by way of injury. There were plenty of huge injuries in the first game for many teams.

In Jacksonville, Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles suffered a shoulder injury and is out for a good amount of time. In Washington, Redskins running back Derrius Guice suffered a meniscus injury and will likely be out for more than a month. In Kansas City, Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill also hurt his shoulder and could miss four or more games, and in Los Angeles, Chargers tight end Hunter Henry once again will be down for a while as he suffered a bad knee injury.

Now teams will have to adjust to these injuries and figure out what to do moving forward. But we encourage you to check out Foles' replacement in Jacksonville. Rookie Gardner Minshew was good in relief of Foles and he was named the best senior quarterback in college last season. We think he could fill in more than admirably.

 

3. USA eliminated in FIBA World Cup

The United States crashed out of the FIBA World Cup after they lost to France in the quarter-finals and were eliminated completely in their next game when they fell to Serbia.

This was a team that were always going to have a tough time winning the tournament despite being the favourites to win it as All-Stars like James Harden, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis all pulled out of the event.

In the end, this USA team will be known for who did not play than for their end result.

"I can only say, you can't help but notice and remember who you thought you were going to war with and who didn't show up," USA basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told reporters. "I'm a firm believer that you deal with the cards you're dealt. All we could have done, and we did it, is get the commitments from a lot of players. So with that kind of a hand you feel reasonably confident that you're going to be able to put a very good representative team on the court.

"No one would have anticipated the pullouts that we had."

4. MLB sets new single-season home run record

The ball has been flying out of MLB ballparks at an alarming rate this season, and as of Wednesday, it has flown out more than ever before in a single year.

With Baltimore Orioles utilityman Jonathan Villar's three-run homer in a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB teams had combined to hit 6,106 home runs this season which broke the 2017 mark of 6,105 home runs.

MLB teams are now on pace to hit 6,806 home runs, passing the previous mark by 700.

5. Likely National League MVP out for the year

The National League's best player and reigning MVP Christian Yelich is done for the year.

Yelich broke his knee cap when he fouled a ball off his leg during the Milwaukee Brewers' clash with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. Fortunately, he will not have to have surgery, but with the Brewers tied with the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the NL, this is a devastating blow for Milwaukee.

Yelich finished the season first in the NL in OPS (1.100), tied for second in home runs (44), tied for second in batting average (.329), 10th in RBIs (97), tied for third in stolen bases (30) and first in on-base percentage (.429).

He was the undisputed leader in the NL MVP race and is now out for the season.

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