NL wild card still open...Stanton needs another...Harper rests
Sep. 29, 2017
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The only playoff spot that hasn't been decided is the second NL wild card, with the Brewers trailing the Rockies by two games entering the season's final weekend. Milwaukee closes the season with three games at St. Louis, while Colorado plays its final three at home against the NL West champion Dodgers. Chase Anderson will start the Brewers' series opener. NL Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw will get his final start of the regular season on Saturday in Colorado, while the Rockies are expected to go with Chad Bettis, German Marquez and Tyler Chatwood.
MIAMI (AP) — Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has three games left at home against the Braves to become the first player since Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa in 2001 to hit 60 homers in a season. He hit 58 and 59 on Thursday night, with the latter blast measured at 467 feet, according to Statcast. Stanton is the sixth player in major league history to hit 59, joining Bonds, Sosa, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper has three regular-season games left to get his timing back, and then he'll rest another four days before the Nationals host the Cubs in the NL Division Series opener. The 2015 NL MVP missed 42 games with a hyperextended left knee before he was activated on Tuesday. He played back-to-back games before resting Thursday, saying his knee was "a little sore." Washington manager Dusty Baker said there was no cause for alarm about his star right fielder, who ranks second on the Nationals with 29 homers despite missing so much time.
NEW YORK (AP) — New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees says the team will kneel and then stand for the national anthem before their game against Miami in London. That's also how the Dallas Cowboys dealt with their anthem protest on Monday night in a game against the New York Giants. Ten Saints players sat on the bench during the anthem last Sunday on a day of unprecedented protests among NFL players and some owners in response to comments by President Donald Trump that players should be fired if anyone "disrespects our flag."
PHOENIX (AP) — Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris are absent from their respective NBA training camps because the starters are being tried on felony assault charges in Phoenix. The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood two years ago. Prosecutors urged jurors to convict the twin brothers and said they "had an axe to grind" with Hood. They say Marcus kicked Hood while Markieff acted as an accomplice. Defense lawyers say the testimony of multiple witnesses showed the brothers weren't involved in the incident. Jurors will return to the courtroom Monday to hear remaining closings arguments.