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September 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles has gone from zero NFL teams to two. Both had home games yesterday, and both were losers. The Chargers fell to Miami, 19-17, while the Rams couldn’t handle Washington, dropping their game 27-20. What may be worse for the NFL were the empty seats in both stadiums. The official attendance for the Rams game at the Coliseum was 56,612 tickets, far short of the nearly 85,000 who showed for USC’s game against Texas Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Chargers drew 25,381 in their temporary stadium, a paltry crowd for the NFL.

DENVER (AP) — As Colorado tries to maintain its grip on the wild card, Rockies closer Greg Holland lost his while trying to tag the Padres’ Matt Szczur (SEE’-zur) on a ninth inning squeeze bunt Sunday. That capped a rally that beat Colorado 4-3.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Manny Pina each had two hits in Milwaukee’s eight-run fourth inning, lifting the Brewers to a 10-3 victory over the hurricane-displaced Miami Marlins. The Brewers are four games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, but closed within two and a-half game of the Colorado Rockies for the final NL wild-card spot.

MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins are set to return home for the first time since Hurricane Irma struck Miami. After rallying to a .500 record and posing a possible NL wild-card threat last month, Miami has lost 17 of 20, including eight of 10 since hitting the road while Irma approached. The Marlins will begin this home series against the Mets with Dan Straily on the mound against New York’s Matt Harvey.

DETROIT (AP) — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says he may play Andrew Romine at all nine positions during one of Detroit’s games this week against Oakland. Romine has played everywhere except catcher in his career, and if he needs pointers behind the plate, he can ask his brother Austin, a backstop with the New York Yankees. With Detroit closing out the season against playoff-chasing Minnesota and Kansas City, this series against the A’s is the last chance Romine would get to play all nine in a game without possible postseason implications.

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