Home run record ... Pomeranz vies for 17th victory ... Another legal challenge for Oscar Pistorius
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is on track to break its season record for home runs with nearly two weeks left in the season. There were 5,677 home runs hit through Monday, 16 shy of the record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. With 15 games on the schedule, this should be the day that Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger or some other big popper puts 2017 over the top.
UNDATED (AP) —Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz vies for his 17th victory in a game against Baltimore. Pitching for the contending Red Sox, Pomeranz has soared past his previous career best in victories (11). He was just 25-36 over six big league seasons heading into this year, but now he’s at .500 thanks to a 16-5 mark in 2017. Kevin Gausman will pitch for the Orioles.
UNDATED (AP) — Astros right-hander Collin McHugh pitches for the first time since detaching a fingernail on his pitching hand Sept. 8. McHugh (2-2, 3.61) will be making just his 10th start this season after also missing time with a shoulder issue. AL West-winning Houston will open a home series against the White Sox, who plan to send out Lucas Giolito (2-2, 2.56).
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius faces another legal challenge when South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal convenes Nov. 3 to hear arguments by state prosecutors that the former track star convicted of killing his girlfriend should get more jail time. The National Prosecuting Authority says the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear its case for overturning Pistorius’ six-year prison sentence on the basis that it is too lenient. Prosecutors want the sentence of the double-amputee Olympic runner to be increased to 15 years.
PARIS (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants the next edition of the Women’s World Cup to draw a billion TV viewers across the world. Infantino, who today attended the official launch of the tournament that will be organized in France in 2019, says that the previous edition in Canada in 2015 was watched by 750 million viewers. The tournament, which will run from June 7 to July 7, will gather 24 teams in six groups.