A record for homers...Cubs try to extend win streak...Dodgers can clinch NL West title
UNDATED (AP) — From here on out, every time a hitter goes deep this year it will extend a big league record. Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon’s solo shot in Toronto last night was the 5,694th home run of this major league season, breaking the mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. Gordon says he didn’t hit many this year, but he “made one count.”
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The World Series champion Cubs are riding their longest winning streak of the season. They have a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL Central over Milwaukee and will go for their eighth straight victory tonight at Tampa Bay. Chicago extended its string to seven games last night with a 2-1 win in manager Joe Maddon’s return to Tropicana Field, where he was treated to a standing ovation. Maddon managed Tampa Bay from 2006 to 2014.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Dodgers can clinch their fifth straight NL West title with a victory tonight in Philadelphia and an Arizona loss at San Diego. Los Angeles is assured of at least a wild-card berth in the playoffs, but the Dodgers have dropped three games in a row and 19 of 24. Left-hander Alex Wood tries to stop the slide when he pitches against Jake Thompson and the last-place Phillies, who need three wins to avoid a 100-loss season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott has suffered a setback to his championship hopes when NASCAR penalized his Hendrick Motorsports team yesterday for a modification to his Chevrolet in the opening round of the playoffs. The aerodynamic modification was found in post-race inspection following Elliott’s second-place finish on Sunday at Chicagoland. Among other penalties, the team was docked 15 owner points and 15 driver points, dropping Elliott from sixth place to eighth in the postseason standings.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing next season. Sato spent just one season with Andretti Autosport and became the first Japanese winner of the 500.