It was a good night for the home teams Wednesday as the Yankees continued to dominate at Yankee Stadium and the Cubs kept their hopes of a repeat alive by avoiding an National League Championship Series sweep at Wrigley Field.
The Yankees’ championship hopes are alive and well, but the Cubs’ plans for a repeat seem to be fading.
The Twins received good news for their postseason push and potential American League Wild Card Game appearance, as the injury to Max Kepler’s left hip/lower back was confirmed as minor, and he returned to the lineup against the Indians on Tuesday.
While rehabbing his right hamstring strain, Jason Kipnis has been shagging fly balls in center field during Indians batting practice. Kipnis may get a chance to play the new position in a game on Sunday against the Royals at Progressive Field.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin (8-9) was on the disabled list for more than a month with a strained left hamstring. He was beginning to feel a little distanced from his team, especially with the Tribe rolling on a double-digit win streak.
First-round Draft picks Matt Thaiss and Taylor Ward will be among the six Angels prospects who will participate in the Arizona Fall League this year.
Los Angeles Dodgers posted their 90th MLB victory, while there were eight ejections between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers.
Right-hander Jake Arrieta (13-8, 3.63 ERA) will try to extend his string of seven consecutive quality starts when he faces the Reds on Thursday in the series finale at Great American Ball Park.
Anthony Rizzo may have felt a little cheated by his half-inning as a Major League third baseman. “I didn’t get any ground balls,” he replied sheepishly on Wednesday when asked about his emergency stint on the hot corner for the Cubs during the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 13-9 win over the Reds.
Embracing the current trend of cord cutting, ESPN will release a streaming service beginning in 2018 that will show live sporting events. Alexandra Bruell of The Wall Street Journal reported (partial paywall) that “It won't be a replica of the regular ESPN channel, but does plan to show Major League
Players like Christian McCaffrey, Spencer Ware, Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Golladay are rising, while Andrew Luck, Ezekiel Elliott and Sammy Watkins are among those falling following their recent news.