>>Snell Earns 20th Win As Rays Blank Rangers
(Arlington, TX) — Blake Snell is the first 20-game winner in the majors this season after the Rays shut out the Rangers 4-0 in Texas. Snell allowed just one hit over five frames to run his record to 20-and-5. He tied the franchise record for wins in a season and sports a 1.97 ERA. He’s an AL Cy Young candidate for Tampa Bay.
>>Cards Cruise to Victory Over Braves
(Cumberland, GA) — Paul DeJong [[ dee-YOUNG ]] hit a two-run homer and drove in three as the Cardinals cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Braves in Atlanta. Yadier Molina drove in two for St. Louis, which has won three straight. Austin Gomber limited Atlanta to one run over five innings for the win.
>>Cardinals Postseason Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow
(St. Louis, MO) — Cardinals’ postseason tickets go sale sale tomorrow. Fans can begin purchasing tickets for potential wild card and NLDS games held at Busch Stadium at noon. They will be sold online, by phone and at the Busch Stadium box office. Ticket details for possible tiebreaker, NLCS and World Series games will be announced at a later time.
>>Cubs Pound D’backs
(Phoenix, AZ) — Javier Báez belted a two-run homer in the first inning as the Cubs pounded the Diamondbacks 9-1 in Phoenix. Daniel Murphy drilled his own two-run shot for Chicago, which extended its lead over Milwaukee to three and a half games in the NL Central. Mike Montgomery got the win. The Cubs’ magic number to clinch is eight.
>>Cubs Closer Brandon Morrow Out For Rest Of Season
(Chicago, IL) — Cubs closer Brandon Morrow is done for the season. The right-hander has been shut down because of a nagging bone bruise. Morrow has not pitched for the Cubs since the middle of July. He recorded a 1.47 ERA with 22 saves in his debut season in Chicago.
>>Indians Top White Sox
(Cleveland, OH) — Corey Kluber [[ KLOO-ber ]] surrendered three runs and struck out eleven in eight frames as the Indians beat the White Sox 5-3 in Cleveland. Carlos Rodón gave up five runs in seven innings for the loss. The Sox scored twice in the sixth on homers by Daniel Palka and Omar Narváez. Yolmer Sánchez added an RBI double in the seventh for Chicago.
>>Orioles Set Team Record For Losses In Baltimore
(Baltimore, MD) — The Orioles blew an early 4-0 lead and lost 6-4 to the Blue Jays in Baltimore. It was the 108th loss of the season for the Birds, their most since moving to Baltimore in 1954. The O’s made some history in the loss by becoming the first American professional team to wear Braille-lettered jerseys to honor the blind.
>>Blackhawks Lose Preseason Opener To Blue Jackets
(Columbus, OH) — The Blue Jackets topped the Blackhawks 4-1 in their preseason opener in Columbus. Alexandre Fortin scored the lone goal for the Hawks. Chicago is back in action tomorrow night in Detroit against the Red Wings.
>>Sixers Promote Elton Brand To GM
(Philadelphia, PA) — The 76ers have their new general manager. They’ve hired Elton Brand as their new GM. Brand was recently promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations after spending the last year as GM of the Sixers’ G-League affiliate. The 39-year old spent five of his 17 seasons as a player in Philadelphia.
>>Buccaneers’ Jackson: Can’t Bench Fitzpatrick
(Tampa, FL) — Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson isn’t ready for the “FitzMagic” to end. He tells NFL Network they should keep Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback even when Jameis [[ JAME-iss ]] Winston returns from a three-game suspension. Fitzpatrick leads the NFL in passing yards. Winston is eligible to return next week.