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October 20, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros try to force a decisive Game 7 in the AL Championship Series when they host the New York Yankees tonight. Verlander has won all eight of his outings with Houston since arriving from Detroit in an Aug. 31 trade. Now the Astros need to win his ninth game to keep their World Series hopes alive.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988. And the man who pitched six innings in last night’s 11-1 win over the Chicago Cubs will be back in action for the World Series opener. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start Game 1 Tuesday night when Los Angeles hosts the winner of the Yankees-Astros series.

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers could be close to hiring a manager. A person with knowledge of the discussions says the team has been in talks with former Minnesota skipper Ron Gardenhire. He was the bench coach this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he managed the Twins from 2002-14. The Tigers are replacing Brad Ausmus after four seasons at the helm.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says surgery on his broken collarbone went well. Rodgers posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed on Instagram, and thanked his fans for their “love, support, thoughts and prayers.” The two-time NFL MVP broke his right collarbone in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings, possibly ending his season.

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare jersey from Jackie Robinson’s historic rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers 70 years ago could be available for someone with a few spare millions. It’s being offered in an online auction that opened today. It comes with a letter from Robinson’s widow saying the jersey is the one he brought home at the end of the 1947 season, when he became the first black player in the majors and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Heritage Auctions says the jersey has been valued at more than $3 million.

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