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Bryant rests his shoulder...Rays try to keep postseason hopes alive...Happ on track to start wild-card game

September 23, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup today because of fatigue in his left shoulder. Bryant went 1 for 5 in Chicago’s 8-3 victory over the crosstown White Sox last night. He is batting .276 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs in a career-low 96 games this year.The 26-year-old was on the disabled list from July 26 to Sept. 1 with left shoulder inflammation.

TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are trying to keep their faint postseason hopes alive in their series finale at Toronto. Streaking left-hander Blake Snell is 8-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his past eight starts, striking out 63 over 46 innings in that stretch. The Blue Jays are countering with lefty Ryan Borucki, who pitched eight shutout innings to beat Baltimore in his previous outing. The Rays would need a collapse by Oakland in the season’s final week to earn a wild-card berth.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees now know they’ll be playing in the AL wild-card game on Oct. 3, and J.A. Happ on track to be their starter. He’s starting today against Boston, and would be on normal rest next Friday at Boston and for the wild-card game. Happ is 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA for New York after he was acquired from Toronto. The Yankees clinched a wild-card berth with a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in 11 innings yesterday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Now that they’ve won their first NL East crown since 2013, the Atlanta Braves can start figuring out their postseason rotation. Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) has been the Braves’ most consistent starter. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in yesterday’s division-clinching win over Philadelphia. Anibal Sanchez is the starter for today’s game, against Phillies ace Aaron Nola.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas. For today’s game in Charlotte the Bengals and Panthers are wearing “One Carolina” stickers on the back of their helmets.

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