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Astros hope to clinch...Cubs could punch their ticket...Wright may warm up for farewell

September 25, 2018

TORONTO (AP) — Houston can clinch its second consecutive AL West title — and a best-of-five playoff matchup against Cleveland — with a win at Toronto and an Oakland loss in Seattle. Rookie right-hander Josh James makes his third career start for the defending World Series champions, already assured a postseason spot.

CHICAGO (AP) — Looking to wrap up a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the playoffs, the Cubs can punch their ticket with a win over Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field and a loss by either Colorado or St. Louis. Mike Montgomery pitches for Chicago, which leads the NL Central by 1½ games over Milwaukee.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee sends Gio Gonzalez to the mound and St. Louis counters with rookie Austin Gomber in the second game of their big series at Busch Stadium. The Brewers won the opener to take a three-game lead in the wild-card race over the Cardinals, who are a half-game ahead of Colorado for the second spot.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets plan to reinstate captain David Wright from the 60-day disabled list when they host NL East champion Atlanta at Citi Field. Wright has been sidelined since May 2016 by back, neck and shoulder injuries that required surgery. Manager Mickey Callaway has said he’d like to give Wright a couple of pinch-hit opportunities ahead of his farewell game Saturday, when the seven-time All-Star is scheduled to start at third base against Miami in what he expects to be his final big league appearance.

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine sports franchises from Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL are teaming up and asking fans to register to vote. The Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings from the NBA, along with MLB’s Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL are offering fans a platform to register starting today on the teams’ mobile apps, websites and social media as part of a “Rally the Vote” effort.

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