Angels’ Ohtani To Get John Surgery – Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery and will have the procedure the first week of the offseason, the team announced Tuesday. Renowned surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure in Los Angeles. The Angels announced Sept. 5 that an MRI showed Ohtani had new damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and that Tommy John surgery was the recommended course of action. However, Ohtani hadn’t yet committed to the procedure. Ohtani, who throws right-handed and bats left-handed, said when the surgical recommendation was revealed that he planned to finish this season as the team’s designated hitter. The 24-year-old rookie also maintained he would be able to return next season as a DH, even though he might not be able to throw again until 2020.
Chicago Cubs 1 – Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Highlights: Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run. They’ll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party. Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 5-1 victory on Monday night. The Cubs needed a win plus a loss by Colorado to Philadelphia to assure a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the playoffs. Hamels (4-2) had the fans and the dugout rocking when he connected leading off the third inning. But he lost his second straight start after going 4-0 in his first nine following a trade from Texas. The left-hander gave up three runs, two earned, and five hits in six innings. Taillon (14-9) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, improving to 5-0 in his past seven starts. The right-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in his past 21 outings. Cervelli hit a two-run homer in the first after missing the previous two games because of gastrointestinal discomfort. He also reached on an infield single in the sixth and scored on Jose Osuna‘s second double. Pablo Reyes added an RBI single in the seventh against Steve Cishek and a solo homer in the ninth off Brian Duensing. A day after they were eliminated, the Pirates won for the seventh time in nine games.
Chicago White Sox 0 – Cleveland Indians 4
Highlights: Corey Kluber struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings and won his 20th game, and Brandon Guyer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Monday night. Kluber (20-7) reached 20 victories for the first time after recording 18 wins in three of the four previous seasons. The reigning Cy Young award winner is the first 20-game winner for the Central Division champions since Cliff Lee went 22-3 in 2008, and the first Indians pitcher to win 20 games with 200 or more strikeouts since Gaylord Perry did it in 1974. Cleveland is also the first team to have four pitchers with 200 strikeouts in a season. Kluber ran his total to 216, while Carlos Carrasco has 217, Trevor Bauer 215 and Mike Clevinger 202. The Indians tied the Chicago Cubs for the major league lead with 17 shutouts. Adam Rosales gave the Indians an insurance run with a home run off reliever Nate Jones to left for his first of the season in the ninth inning. Brandon Barnes and Edwin Encarnacion then added RBI singles. It was Rosales’ first home run since Sept. 4, 2017, when he was with Arizona. Indians relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen pitched a perfect eighth and ninth, respectively, and combined with Kluber to retire the final 17 batters. Dylan Covey didn’t allow a run over six innings. He scattered six hits and struck out seven with one walk in the no-decision. He has pitched 12 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
- Pittsburgh Pirates 5 – Chicago Cubs 1 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Cleveland Indians 4 – Chicago White Sox 0 (See Chicago Sports News)
- New York Yankees 4 – Tampa Bay Rays 1
- Miami Marlins 3 – Washington Nationals 7
- Houston Astros 5 – Toronto Blue Jays 3
- Baltimore Orioles 2 – Boston Red Sox 6
- Milwaukee Brewers 6 – St. Louis Cardinals 4
- Philadelphia Phillies 1 – Colorado Rockies 10
- Los Angeles Dodgers 7 – Arizona Diamondbacks 4
- Texas Rangers 4 – Los Angeles Angels 5
- Oakland Athletics 7 – Seattle Mariners 3
- San Diego Padres 5 – San Francisco Giants 0
- Chicago Cubs 6 – Chicago White Sox 1 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Baltimore Orioles 6 – New York Yankees 3
- Tampa Bay Rays 5 – Toronto Blue Jays 2
- Kansas City Royals 3 – Detroit Tigers 2
- Cincinnati Reds 0 – Miami Marlins 6
- Philadelphia Phillies 1 – Atlanta Braves 2
- New York Mets 8 – Washington Nationals 6
- Milwaukee Brewers 13 – Pittsburgh Pirates 6
- Los Angeles Angels 2 – Houston Astros 6
- San Francisco Giants 2 – St. Louis Cardinals 9
- Seattle Mariners 1 – Texas Rangers 6
- Minnesota Twins 5 – Oakland Athletics 1
- San Diego Padres 0 – Los Angeles Dodgers 14
- Colorado Rockies 2 – Arizona Diamondbacks 0
- Boston Red Sox 3 – Cleveland Indians 4
Chicago Cubs 6 – Chicago White Sox 1
Highlights: Kyle Schwarber homered and drove in two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the crosstown White Sox 6-1 on Sunday to lower their magic number for clinching the NL Central title to five. Ben Zobrist had three hits and Kyle Hendricks dazzled again as the Cubs took the rubber game of the weekend series. They also stayed 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Milwaukee, which cruised to a 13-6 victory at Pittsburgh. Playing the field for the first time since being sidelined with a back injury, Schwarber led off the second with a long drive off Carlos Rodon (6-7) for his first homer against a left-hander this season and his 26th overall. He doubled home Albert Almora Jr. in the third, giving the Cubs a 5-0 lead. Rodon’s rough September continued as the White Sox lost for the fifth time in seven games. He was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings while dropping to 0-4 with a 6.84 ERA in five starts this month. The South Siders finished with just four hits, scoring their only run on Tim Anderson‘s ground-rule double in the fifth. The Cubs got four hits — in the first.
Chicago Bears 16 – Arizona Cardinals 14
Highlights: Cody Parkey kicked his third field goal of the game, a 43-yarder with 4:31 to remaining, to rally the Chicago Bears to a 16-14 victory over the winless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Sam Bradford threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to put the Cardinals up 14-0, but was replaced by rookie Josh Rosen after fumbling the ball away deep in Chicago territory late in the game. Rosen, the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft out of UCLA, drove Arizona past midfield, but on fourth-and-5 from the Bears 45, his pass was intercepted by Bryce Callahan with 1:10 to play. Arizona got the ball back one more time and the game ended with Rosen sacked by Sherrick McManis, who also had one of two of Bradford’s interceptions. Clinging to a 14-13 lead, the Cardinals drove to the Chicago 21 early in the fourth quarter but the scrambling Bradford was tackled by Khalil Mack. Bradford fumbled and Danny Trevathan recovered at the Bears 16. Chicago, with the help of an unnecessary roughness penalty on Tre Boston, drove downfield and got the go-ahead field goal. The Bears (2-1) intercepted three passes and recovered one fumble. Arizona is 0-3 for the first time since 2004.
Yankees SS Gregorius Has Torn Cartilage In Wrist – A day after one of the most joyful moments of the New York Yankees’ season, the club found out that that celebratory game-winner may have also been quite costly. On the very play in which Didi Gregorius slid headfirst into home to help the Yankees earn a walk-off, playoff-clinching win Saturday night, the shortstop also tore cartilage in his right wrist. It could sideline him for the remainder of the season. While sharing the news of Gregorius’ injury with reporters after Sunday’s 6-3 home loss to the Baltimore Orioles, manager Aaron Boone expressed uncertainty about whether his team will be finishing the regular season and going into the postseason without the valuable veteran and defensive playmaker. “There’s a real possibility that we do,” Boone said. “There’s also a possibility that we don’t.”
Hawk Harrleson’s Career Unlike Any Other – On an overcast Sunday earlier this season, Ken Harrelson sat behind the wheel of his white Hyundai Genesis and began the 90-minute commute from his home in Granger, Indiana, to the ballpark on Chicago’s South Side. He used to make this drive more often. Soon he won’t be making it at all. At the age of 77, after 34 years in the White Sox booth, Harrelson is stepping down at the end of the 2018 campaign, and Sunday’s broadcast of the Cubs-White Sox crosstown showdown will be his last. This was his grand farewell, doing Sunday afternoon games. He’ll stick around as a team ambassador until 2020, when he’ll become the fourth person in history to spend parts of eight decades in the major leagues. Objectivity has never been a prerequisite for great broadcasting, but few have tested that premise quite as aggressively as Harrelson. A 2012 Wall Street Journal study anointed Hawk the biggest homer in the majors, he logged more instances of partisanship than the next five candidates combined. Whether he’s weaponizing his voice against umpires, moping during losses or weeping after a perfect game, Hawk’s unbridled passion scarcely hints at his incongruous standing in the industry. He is uncouth, unpolished and aggressively resistant to change. Rather than playing along to the familiar rhythm of a baseball broadcast, Hawk projects his own discordant voice, one with a capacity to polarize as well as exhilarate. Harrelson cites a desire to devote more time to his grandchildren as the reason for his retirement, a chance, he says, to make up for his shortcomings as a father.