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Dodgers win in Taylor’s explosion
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chris Taylor has inducted the Los Angeles Dodgers into the NL Division Series.
Taylor slammed a two-out, two-run homer from Alex Reyes in the bottom of the ninth to give the Dodgers a 3-1 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals. Reyes entered the game after Cody Bellinger was given a two-out walk for losing pitcher TJ McFarland.
A wild pitch from Max Scherzer scored Tommy Edman and gave the Cardinals the lead in the first inning. It stayed 1-0 until Justin Turner made a home run for Adam Wainwright in the lower quarter.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts put the result in the hands of his bullpen after Scherzer was lifted with two up and one in fifth.
Wainwright had admitted four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.
The two clubs were a combined 1-on-15 with runners in the points position until Taylor’s explosion.
The Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants with 107 wins, who say Logan Webb will start Game 1 on Friday. Webb won the NL West Clincher on Sunday, hit a double homer and worked his way into the eighth inning.
Kevin Gausman gets the starting gun for the Giants in game 2.
ALDS open Thursday
UNDATED (AP) – The two American League Division Series starts on Thursday.
The top teams of the AL East compete in the Division Series. The Red Sox led the division by 4Â½ games on July 7, just to finish eight games behind the Rays. Tampa Bay won the season streak 11-8 despite losing their first four encounters with Boston.
Shane McClanahan will start Game 1 for the Rays on Thursday after playing 10-6 during the regular season. He is fought by Eduardo Rodriguez.
Chris Sale could start Game 2 against rookie Shane Baz.
Bosox manager Alex Cora said Wednesday that he wasn’t sure if JD Martinez will be available due to an ankle injury.
The White Sox and Astros were separated by just two wins when they won their respective division titles, but Houston won the season streak 5-2. The Astros make their fifth appearance in a row after the season. The White Sox are in consecutive playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
A pair of lances are the starters for Game 1. Lance Lynn lines up for the White Sox after going 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA in the regular season. The Astros counter with Lance McCullers Jr. who was 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA.
The Astros will send Framber Valdes up the hill for Game 2 against Lucas Giolito.
Padres fire Tinger after collapsing in the second half
SAN DIEGO (AP) – The San Diego Padres have sacked Jayce Tingler, who led the biggest breakdown in franchise history just one season after finishing second in the NL Manager of the Year election.
General Manager AJ Preller announced the move three days after the Padres finished 79-83 and finished third in NL West, 28 games behind San Francisco.
Tingler’s fate was sealed during a brutal free fall in which the Padres went from a game lead for second wildcard place in the NL on September 9 to being eliminated from the playoff competition with seven games remaining.
Felder now has QB on the first string
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (AP) – After resisting the move, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has named Justin Fields his first quarterback and backup veteran Andy Dalton.
The former Ohio State quarterback and first round draft pick had played as a starter against Detroit and Cleveland, but only because of veteran Dalton’s knee injury.
Dalton has recovered from a bruised bone and resumed training this week.
In other NFL news:
– Denver Broncos manager Vic Fangio says quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a chance to train on Thursday after leaving Baltimore on Sunday’s game with a concussion. Fangio says Bridgewater is improving and has been given permission to lift weights and attend meetings with the team.
– The Panthers earned veteran cornerback and NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2019 Stephon Gilmore from the Patriots for a sixth round draft pick in 2023. The moves come after Gilmore and the Patriots couldn’t agree on a new contract.
– Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey made a limited return to training Wednesday after missing Sunday’s 36-28 loss to the Cowboys with a hamstring injury.
– Brown’s startlinebacker Anthony Walker Jr. has returned to practice and will likely be activated later this week to play against the Chargers. However, the Browns without a defensive end are Jadeveon Clowney as well as cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome II and Nickelback Troy Hill.
– The Cowboys move away from linebacker Jaylon Smith without going into the details of the decision to release their leading returning tackler four games in 2021. One of the factors was an impending $ 9.2 million guarantee on Smith’s 2022 salary if he is injured.
– Washington put Logan Thomas on hold with an Achilles tendon injury. Thomas’ absence for at least the next three games could open the door for Sammis Reyes to become the first person from Chile to compete in an NFL game.
– The Lions put the outstanding center Frank Ragnow in the injured reserve, another setback for a broken team without a win. The Lions Centers are expected to give Evan Brown his first career start on Sunday in Minnesota.
– Jaguars coach Urban Meyer publicly apologized for the third consecutive year on Wednesday, saying he never considered resigning after his “inexcusable” behavior was caught on camera and posted on social media in an Ohio bar. Meyer says several members of the team’s leadership body have expressed support. Team owner Shad Khan publicly reprimanded Meyer last weekend for his actions in the bar.
– The NFL Players Association claims to have sent a formal request to the league for information that Washington’s practice facility was raided by federal authorities last week. The NFLPA says the situation directly affects the health and safety of players and that the collective agreement requires teams to comply with state and federal laws. Sports director Ryan Vermillion has been suspended for an ongoing criminal investigation unrelated to the team.
– Jets trainer Robert Saleh says safety Marcus Maye has the team’s support. The star player grapples with legal issues after being charged with drunk driving following a car accident in Florida in February. Saleh declined to say if he and the team were previously aware of the accident and arrest, which were first reported Monday night.
– Dallas banned offensive lineman La’el Collins has sued the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Collins seeks an injunction to stop the remaining two games of a five-game suspension for substance abuse. The lawsuit alleges the NFL suspended the player for missed tests for the seventh year when the 2020 working agreement no longer allowed suspensions for missed tests or positive marijuana tests.
NFL audience ratings up 17%, averaging 17.3 million viewers
UNDATED (AP) – NFL games have an average of 17.3 million viewers on TV and digital, a whopping 17% up from last season and 3% up from two years ago.
It remains to be seen whether the league can maintain this growth.
Last season was mostly played in empty stadiums during the pandemic. In addition, many people’s viewing habits changed in the year of the presidential election.
Four of the five league channels have a growth of over 20%.
No testing for marijuana in the NBA this season
NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has agreed not to randomly test players for marijuana this season.
It is a continuation of the policy that was introduced for the reboot bubble last year and has remained ever since. Drug testing for things like human growth hormone, other performance enhancers, and “drugs of abuse” like methamphetamine, cocaine, and opiates will continue.
More than half of the US states have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
AP Source: NHL is investigating Kane for falsified vaccination card
UNDATED (AP) – San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane is under investigation on allegations of using a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.
A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press about the investigation.
Using a forged vaccination card is illegal in both the US and Canada and is against NHL rules.
This investigation is just the latest regarding Kane, who was acquitted last month of his estranged wife’s allegations of betting on NHL games, some of which involved his own team.
In other NHL news:
– Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme says he doesn’t expect Carey Price to train before the start of the regular season, making the goalkeeper doubtful for the Toronto opener. Ducharme says Price is recovering from non-COVID-19 illness and off-season surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
– The Coyotes have signed striker Alex Galchenyuk (gal-CHEHN’-yuhk) to a one-year contract. The 27-year-old is returning to Arizona after scoring five goals and eight assists with Ottawa and Toronto last season.
– Quinton Byfield was put on injured reserve by the Kings the day after he broke his left ankle in a preseason game. The second overall selection in the 2020 NHL draft was injured in the third phase of the Kings 4-1 loss to the Coyotes.