Orioles fire Showalter...Yankees host Oakland in wild-card game...Fournette out again
BALTIMORE (AP) — Buck Showalter has been fired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, who staggered through their worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954. A three-time AL Manager of the Year, Showalter ranks second on the Orioles’ career list with 669 victories, trailing Earl Weaver. He took over in August 2010 and orchestrated the resurgence of a team that suffered through 14 straight losing seasons. But this year Baltimore finished 47-115, 61 games behind Boston in the AL East.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees play the Oakland Athletics tonight for the chance to face the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series. Luis Severino starts for New York, hoping to make up for his poor performance in last year’s wild-card game against Minnesota. In an unconventional choice, Oakland’s starter will be reliever Liam Hendriks, who spent two months in the minor leagues after being cut from the 40-man roster in June and had no wins in the regular season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO) will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in tomorrow’s Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. Ryu missed extensive time with a groin injury this season but went 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts. Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) is scheduled to pitch the opener for the NL East champion Braves.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have already ruled out running back Leonard Fournette for Sunday’s game at Kansas City. Fournette re-injured his right hamstring in a 31-12 victory against the New York Jets last Sunday. The Jaguars are being cautious, considering Fournette missed two and a half games after initially tweaking it and returned too soon.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former NFL star and Detroit Lions executive Matt Millen is stepping away from his TV analyst job for the rest of this season to focus on his health. The 60-year Millen has a life-threatening heart ailment (amyloidosis) and has been seeking a heart transplant. Millen has been an analyst for the Big Ten Network since 2015 and worked five games this season. Millen won four Super Bowls as a player with the Raiders, 49ers and Redskins. In addition to broadcasting, his post-playing career included a stint as general manager of the Lions.