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Indians shift focus after win streak ends...Cubs’ Addison ready to work out...Vettel takes 49th pole

September 16, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — A day after Cleveland’s historic winning streak came to an end, pitcher Carlos Carrasco tries to get the Indians to their ninth division title since 1995. The right hander faces Royals righty Jason Hammel this afternoon in Cleveland, where the Royals beat the Indians 4-3 last night, stopping their AL-record winning streak at 22.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs shortstop Addison Russell hopes to return this weekend after being sidelined since Aug. 2 because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He’s ready to work out before the NL Central leaders play St. Louis today at Wrigley Field. Russell is hitting .241 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. Last year, he hit 21 homers and drove in 95 runs.

ATLANTA (AP) — Mets star Noah Syndergaard will be evaluated after throwing a bullpen session earlier in the week. The 2016 All-Star hasn’t pitched since suffering a torn lat muscle on April 30. Syndergaard was 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA before getting hurt. Manager Terry Collins says the team will determine the next step for the 25-year-old righty “whether it’s another bullpen or use him in a game.”

SINGAPORE (AP) — Sebastian Vettel has taken the pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix with a lap record of 1 minute 39.491 seconds. Vettel’s 49th career pole came on the track where he holds the record with four wins and six podiums overall. His championship rival Lewis Hamilton finished fifth.

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kyle Busch has the pole for tomorrow’s race at Chicagoland Speedway as he opens his bid for a second NASCAR Cup championship. Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin start on the front row, with fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. third. Truex has four wins this year and is considered the favorite to win the title.

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