Doubleheader in Boston...Astros clinch AL West title...Panthers get Winston back, but will he start?
BOSTON (AP) — There’s a doubleheader today in Boston after last night’s game against Baltimore was called off because of rain. David Price is set to start the first game for the Red Sox and Chris Sale the nightcap. The Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-2 on Monday night to earn their record 106th victory and clinch home-field advantage through the postseason. Baltimore is 45-111, tying the franchise record for losses set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.
TORONTO (AP) — The Astros continue their series in Toronto, a day after clinching another AL West title. Houston reached 100 wins for the second straight season by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 last night behind Alex Bregman’s two-run homer. Houston was assured of first place hours later when second-place Oakland lost at Seattle. The Astros will open the Division Series at home against Cleveland on Oct. 5.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals will give 26-year-old right-hander Kyle McGowin his first start in the majors, a day after Max Scherzer became the 17th pitcher since 1900 to strike out 300 batters in a season. Scherzer reached the milestone by fanning 10 in seven innings last night in an otherwise meaningless 9-4 victory over the Miami Marlins. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start this afternoon’s game for Miami.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have placed free safety Ricardo Allen on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon. Allen was carted off the field in Sunday’s overtime loss to New Orleans, becoming the third defensive starter to go down for Atlanta. Strong safety Keanu Neal tore his ACL in the opener and is out for the year. Linebacker Deion Jones underwent foot surgery and is sidelined until at least Nov. 18.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston is back on the job, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still aren’t saying if he’s the team’s starting quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick has the Bucs off to a 2-1 start while throwing for more than 400 yards in a league-record three consecutive games. Winston’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy ended yesterday.