Tuesday, September 27
Yanks solve Ortiz
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees held David Ortiz in check for a change while preventing the Boston Red Sox from holding a celebration in the Bronx.
The Bosox's magic number for winning the AL East remains one after Ortiz left seven runners on base while going 0-for-5 in Boston's 6-4 loss to the Yankees. The 40-year-old Ortiz ended the game by striking out against Tyler Clippard with the potential tying run on base.
Ortiz was hitting .321 with a major league-leading 48 doubles, 37 homers and 124 RBIs heading into his final series at Yankee Stadium. He's produced six home runs and 13 ribbies versus his arch-rivals this year.
The Yanks blew a two-run lead in the seventh before Tyler Austin drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Rookie Gary Sanchez smashed his 20th homer of the season, and Didi Gregorius (DEE'-dee greh-GOHR'-ee-uhs) hit his 20th round-tripper for the Yankees.
New York is four games out of an AL playoff berth with five to play.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Toronto took a major step toward an AL wild-card berth as Josh Donaldson belted a two-run homer and Ezequiel Carrera added a solo shot in the Blue Jays' 5-1 win over Baltimore. Aaron Sanchez was reached for just one run and five hits while striking out 10 over six innings to help the Jays move two games ahead of the Orioles for the first wild-card position. Toronto remains three games clear of Detroit for a postseason berth.
— The Tigers are back within a game of the Orioles for the second AL wild-card berth after Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and five RBIs in a 12-0 drubbing of Cleveland. Justin Upton also smacked a three-run homer and Andrew Romine hit a two-run shot to help Detroit halt a three-game skid. Justin Verlander worked 7 2/3 innings for his 16th victory, scattering four hits and fanning 12.
— Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) each hit their 31st home runs of the season as the Mets hammered the Marlins 12-1 to move closer to an NL wild-card berth. Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) and Curtis Granderson drove in three runs apiece to help the Mets win for the fourth time in five games. Noah Syndergaard (SIHN'-dur-gahrd) looked good over six innings, giving up a run and five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
— Max Scherzer picked up his 19th victory and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning to send the Nationals past Arizona, 4-2. Scherzer struck out 10 and allowed two runs over six innings, but the Nats didn't get a hit off Diamondbacks starter Matt Koch until Jose Lobaton (LOH'-bah-tohn) slapped a one-out single to spark a four-run sixth.
Fernandez viewing, funeral arrangements announced
MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins have announced that a public viewing for former pitcher Jose Fernandez will be held Wednesday at a Miami church, preceded by a funeral procession that will start outside the team's ballpark. The procession is scheduled to start at 2:16 p.m., the "16" representing Fernandez's No. 16 jersey.
A private funeral will be held Thursday, attended by the Fernandez family and Marlins players and personnel.
The 2013 NL Rookie of the Year and two others were killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning.
A spokeswoman for a Miami River bar and restaurant said in an emailed statement that Fernandez was at the establishment the same night of the boat crash. The statement did not say whether Fernandez had been drinking or what time he left.
A friend of one of the victims said he warned him against the post-midnight trip. Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO'-nuh) said he and at least two other teammates turned down invitations to go and tried to discourage Fernandez from going out.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to investigate the accident.
Nats lose catcher...Jays hurting...Indians wait for news on pitcher
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals will be without their All-Star catcher when they make yet another attempt at winning a playoff series.
Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) is done for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee, an injury that will require surgery. Ramos landed awkwardly on his right leg while making a leaping grab of an errant throw to the plate during Monday's loss to Arizona. He ends the season hitting .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs.
It's the latest physical malady for the franchise, which hasn't won a playoff series since 1981 as the Montreal Expos. Second baseman Daniel Murphy is dealing with a strained glute, and right fielder and fellow All-Star Bryce Harper has a left thumb injury.
In other major league news:
— The Giants have picked up infield help for the final week of the season. San Francisco has acquired Gordon Beckham from the Braves for a minor leaguer following an injury to infielder Eduardo Nunez. Beckham is batting .217 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 85 games, playing second, third and shortstop.
— Mets lefty Steven Matz is slated for surgery next week to have bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow. Matz's availability for the postseason had already been doubtful due to tightness in his left shoulder. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
— Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit (WAH'-keen BEHN'-wah) is expected to miss the rest of the regular season due to a torn left calf muscle. Benoit was injured when he tripped and fell while running in from the bullpen during one of two benches-clearing incidents in Monday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees. He had been a reliable setup man being acquired from Seattle in late July, going 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.
— Royals hurler Dillon Gee will not pitch again this season because of blood clots discovered after he was hospitalized Sunday. The 30-year-old Gee was shut down in July 2012 while with the New York Mets with a blood clot in his right shoulder that required surgery.
— The Indians are waiting to hear if ace Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) is seriously injured. He left the mound after just four innings Monday night with a tight groin muscle. The AL Central champs already are without starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar as they finish out the regular season.
— Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole is appealing the five-game suspension he received Tuesday for throwing a pitch near the head of Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (gahng) on Saturday. Cole is a longshot to make the postseason roster after going 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA in seven starts for the NL East champs this year.
Report: Watt re-injured back in Pats loss
UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Texans may have to play the rest of the year without their biggest star.
A person familiar with J.J. Watt's condition tells The Associated Press that he has re-injured his back, and the team expects him to be out until at least December, and possibly the entire season.
The three-time Defensive Player of the year missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He started each of the Texans' three regular-season games and got hurt again last Thursday against the Patriots.
It's unclear if the injury will require surgery.
Also in the NFL:
— Jimmy Garoppolo (gah-RAH'-puh-loh) and Jacoby Brissett were both in uniform as the Patriots practiced Tuesday. Garoppolo missed last week's game against Houston with a throwing shoulder injury that occurred during the second quarter of the New England's win over the Dolphins.
— The Arizona Cardinals have released rookie long snapper Kameron Canaday and safety Marqui Christian. Canaday earned the starting job out of training camp, but had glaring errors on snaps twice in three games. Arizona also placed tight end Troy Niklas on injured reserve with a wrist injury and elevated tight end Ifeanyi Momah from the practice squad.
— The Chicago Bears have placed cornerback Kyle Fuller on injured reserve. Fuller hasn't played since undergoing knee surgery in August. The Bears also signed running back Joique Bell and defensive lineman CJ Wilson.
— Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum has been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol and will practice Wednesday. Beachum suffered a concussion in the third quarter of a loss at San Diego on Sept. 18.
— Washington has put center Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve with an injured calf and signed free agent center John Sullivan. Lichtensteiger was one of several Redskins hurt during Sunday's 29-27 victory over the New York Giants.
— Colts linebacker Trent Cole has been placed on injured reserve after dealing with an injured back. Cole is in the final season of a two-year deal.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-ARIZONA-PLAYER DEATH
M.E. says Hemmila died from mix of prescription drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The death of Arizona offensive lineman Zach Hemmila has been ruled accidental and a result of the combination of two prescription drugs.
The 22-year-old senior was found dead in his apartment on Aug. 8. Authorities say he died in his sleep.
A report released Tuesday by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office says the cause of death was "combined toxic effects" of an opiate painkiller and an anti-anxiety medication.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGE WASHINGTON
Colonials hire a coach
WASHINGTON (AP) — George Washington has elevated Maurice Joseph from assistant to interim men's basketball coach.
The 31-year-old Joseph replaces Mike Lonergan, who was dismissed following an investigation into his conduct with players.
Joseph spent five years as an assistant under Lonergan and takes over a program that won the NIT last season.
Hockey big says "50-50" chance of NHL players in 2018 Olympics
TORONTO (AP) — International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel feels better about the chances of having NHL players compete at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea than he did earlier this year. The league doesn't sound nearly as confident and may be looking six years ahead to China instead.
"I think it is 50-50 chance," Fasel said in an interview with The Associated Press.
League officials, however, sounded an ominous tone. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he is "more negative now" than he was two weeks ago that NHL players will compete in the 2018 Games.