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Rockies head to Wrigley for wild-card game...Boone weighs pitching options...Ohtani has surgery

October 2, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rockies head to Wrigley Field for a wild-card showdown with the Cubs tonight after both teams lost tie-breaking games with division crowns on the line. Colorado missed out on a first NL West title in a 5-2 loss at the Dodgers, and the Cubs fell to Milwaukee 3-1 with the NL Central on the line. Both teams are calling on ace left-handers. Chicago will start Jon Lester and may follow with Cole Hamels, while Colorado gives the ball to Kyle Freeland.

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone is weighing his pitching options for tomorrow night’s AL wild-card game against Oakland. His choices for starter include young ace Luis Severino, who wobbled at times down the stretch, and veteran teammates Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. The Athletics are expected to counter with a bullpen game, led by Liam Hendriks in the first inning. Hendriks has been one of Oakland’s best receivers since the A’s claimed him off waivers from the Angels in June.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) has moved into recovery mode after having Tommy John surgery yesterday in Los Angeles. Angels general manager Billy Eppler says the surgery went well. Ohtani was named AL Rookie of the Month for September and is a top contender for AL Rookie of the Year honors. The Angels plan to use the two-way sensation as a hitter in 2019 while he rehabs his elbow with an eye on returning to the mound in 2020.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards. News outlets report the lawsuit filed Friday against the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority says each plaintiff has been stuck in a wheelchair lift while trying to get to their seats. And the view from lower-level wheelchair-accessible seats is obstructed whenever fans stand up. The plaintiffs seek damages of at least $75,000 each, and a Camden Yards that’s compliant by the next baseball season.

PARIS (AP) — Ryder Cup organizers say they will support “for as long as necessary” a spectator who was hit by a tee shot and has reportedly lost sight in her right eye. The injured spectator was hospitalized after being hit on the head by an errant drive from Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) on the sixth hole on Friday. She’s reportedly considering legal action after doctors told her she lost vision in her eye.

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