#1 TORONTO (AP) — The Houston Astros kept rolling on the road von douhua2233 28.02.2019 06:49

TORONTO (AP) — The Houston Astros kept rolling on the road and moved to the brink of their second straight AL West title.Brian McCann and Josh Reddick hit back-to-back home runs Arizona Coyotes T-Shirts Authentic , and the Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Monday night to close in on another division crown.The defending World Series champions reduced their magic number to two over Oakland to clinch the division. The Athletics, who won 7-3 in Seattle, wrapped up at least a wild-card playoff spot when Tampa Bay lost 4-1 to the New York Yankees.Already assured a trip to the postseason, Houston can secure the AL West crown — and a best-of-five postseason matchup against AL Central champion Cleveland — with a win and an Oakland loss on Tuesday.“The A’s are a good team,” left-hander Dallas Keuchel said. “We don’t expect them to go down without a fight.”Houston has the best road record in baseball at 53-22, matching last year’s club mark for the most wins away from home in a single season.The Astros are 99-57 overall and a major league-best 17-4 in September.“Everybody is really excited about us closing in on 100 wins and closing in on a division title,” infielder Alex Bregman said, “but there’s only one thing on our mind and that’s winning the World Series again.”Keuchel (12-11) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings for his first win since Sept. 3 against Minnesota. He also reached 200 innings for the third time, after doing so in 2014 and 2015.“It means more to me now than it did the first time,” Keuchel said.Five relievers followed before former Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna came on to a chorus of boos in the ninth, his first appearance in Toronto since being arrested for assault in May. Osuna, who earned his 19th save in 20 opportunities, was traded to the Astros on July 30. Many in the crowd of 23 Arizona Coyotes Hoodies Authentic ,463 jeered each of Osuna’s pitches.“He wanted the ball like he always does,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “I’m sure it was emotional for him.”Asked about the fan reaction, Hinch said it was “pretty expected.”Osuna declined to speak on the advice of his lawyer. His case resumes Tuesday in Toronto.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called it “weird” to see Osuna on the mound at Rogers Centre wearing a different uniform.“Kind of mixed emotions but I knew there was a good chance he was probably going to get it done,” Gibbons said. “I’ve seen him do it too many times.”In the first big league meeting between brothers Yuli Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Houston’s Yuli opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first.Younger brother Lourdes grounded into a double play in the bottom of the inning, then exited the game because of a sore left hamstring. Yangervis Solarte came on to play third, with Aledmys Diaz moving to shortstop.McCann belted a second-deck drive off Marco Estrada to begin the second, his sixth homer of the season and first since returning from the disabled list Sept. 1 after missing two months because of a right knee injury.Four pitches later, Reddick homered, his 16th. It was the sixth time this season the Astros have gone back-to-back.Bregman made it 4-0 with an RBI double in the third, but the Blue Jays answered with Kevin Pillar’s two-run homer in the fourth, his 15th.Solarte cut it to 4-3 with an RBI single in the fifth after a throwing error by third baseman J.D. Davis. Toronto loaded the bases with nobody out but Keuchel ended his outing by striking out Justin Smoak, getting Randal Grichuk to ground into a fielder’s choice and then fanning Pillar.“It seemed like it was destined to implode right there Arizona Coyotes Hats Authentic ,” Keuchel said. “I was just trying to make as many quality pitches as I could.”Estrada (7-14) lost his fifth straight decision, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.“The long ball got him and that’s where he’s vulnerable,” Gibbons said.Estrada has served up a team-high 29 home runs.ROAD WARRIORBregman has reached safely in 52 consecutive road games, the longest streak in Astros history. Jeff Bagwell did it in 51 straight from 1998-99.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: RHP Charlie Morton, who left Sunday’s game after one inning because of a sore shoulder, returned home to be with his wife, who is about to give birth. Hinch said Morton will be re-evaluated when he rejoins the team in Baltimore this weekend. … SS Carlos Correa (back) was held out of the lineup for the fifth straight game and is expected to sit again Tuesday, Hinch said. … RHP Lance McCullers Jr. was activated from the disabled list and will pitch in relief over the final week of the regular season. McCullers has been out since Aug. 4 because of a sore elbow. … The Astros recalled LHP Reymin Guduan from Triple-A.Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez missed his scheduled start after leaving the team last weekend to have his troublesome right index finger examined by a specialist. Sanchez missed 54 games earlier this season because of the injury, which happened when Sanchez’s finger got caught in a suitcase hours before a June 21 road start against the Angels. He’s made five starts since returning Aug. 25.UP NEXTAstros RHP Josh James (1-0, 2.81 ERA) faces Blue Jays RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.18) on Tuesday. James pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings to beat Seattle for his first career win last Tuesday. Gaviglio is winless in four starts. ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues will have a decidedly new look when the puck drops on the team’s season opener as it hosts the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.The Blues are going with a youth movement as prospects Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou and Sammy Blais all made the roster. Blais is the old man of the group at age 22. Thomas, regarded as one of the Blues’ top prospects Custom Arizona Coyotes Jerseys , is 19 and Kyrou is 20.What they lack for in experience, St. Louis hopes they make up for in skill.Article continues below ...Blais, who played in 11 games last season, scored a team-high four preseason goals.“It’s a great feeling,” Blais told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This year I just wanted to stay here all year and keep working hard and do what I did during the preseason.”Thomas had a goal and three assists in the preseason.“It’s obviously tough when coming in, with the environment and everything, and some pressure on you,” Thomas told the Post-Dispatch. “Whenever you’re trying to make a team, you always focus on stuff, (but) sometimes it’s just better to relax and have fun each day.”Kyrou scored a goal and an assist in the preseason opener in Dallas on Sept. 18. He added two more assists to cement a roster spot.“I just feel a lot more comfortable out there (this year),” Kyrou told the Post-Dispatch. “My speed is a big factor, so I really feel like I can skate out there, create a lot of opportunities.”The trio joins veterans Pat Maroon www.officialbruinsproonline.com , Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron as newcomers. All six players start the season as part of the Blues’ top 12 forwards.The Blues start the season with no reserve forwards and will carry nine defensemen, two more than usual. The team elected to go with the extra defensemen as Robert Bortuzzo will serve the final game of a three-game suspension against the Jets and Joel Edmundson is dealing with a groin injury.The Blues and Jets split their four games last season, with each team winning one and losing one on home ice.After a 114-point season and a second-place finish in the rugged Central Division, the Jets are dealing with high expectations. ESPN ranked the Jets No. 1 in its preseason power rankings and nine of Sportsnet’s NHL Insiders predicted that the team will win the Stanley Cup this season.Jets coach Paul Maurice said the team isn’t interested in what others are saying.“They all have a really good understanding of the value of a prediction,” Maurice told NHL.com. “We don’t want to downplay it. Go through the list and find one that was picked first, won the Presidents (Trophy) and won the Cup. Right, there’s a bunch of good teams at the top and there’s a bunch of really good teams that miss the playoffs. It happens every year. And you don’t want to be that team, right? You want to be that team over the course of the year that gets stronger and gets better.“We believe we have enough talent now to be a good team but an understanding that maybe that’s a smaller fraction of the whole pie that goes into having a year like last year.”

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