Friday’s stories from the sporting world include Rally Cat mania remaining in St. Louis, a rookie propelling his team to a sweep, a running back being issued a six-game suspension and more.
It appears rally cat mania is still infecting the St. Louis area as Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler demolished St. Louis’ second go-ahead grand slam in back-to-back games, the first time the feat has happened in franchise history. The grand slam propelled the Cardinals to an I-70 Series sweep over their in-state rivals, the Kansas City Royals.
The Minnesota Twins are back over .500 after sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers in four games. The Twins were led by Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton’s three hits apiece in last night’s 7-2 win at Miller Park.
The Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 at Nationals Park last night following a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning by Brian Goodwin. A diving catch by outfielder Andrew Stevenson to rob Dee Gordon of a game-tying RBI would be the final out of a thrilling game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their winning ways last night with an 8-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The hero for LA was Enrique Hernandez who started in place of right fielder Yasiel Puig; he drove in three runs to earn LA their 81st win of the season.
Chicago’s Yoan Moncada blasted a game-tying home run and followed it with a walk-off single, giving the White Sox their second series sweep of the season as they defeated the Astros 3-2 in 11 innings.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will continue their rivalry tonight at Yankee Stadium in a series of paramount importance that could reshape the division. A duel of southpaws will commence the series with Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez matching up against New York’s Jaime Garcia.
Two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year contract extension that makes him the NFL’s highest-paid running back.
Miami Dolphins rookie Raekwon McMillan suffered a torn ACL during Miami’s preseason opener, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. McMillan is out for the season after suffering the injury on a special teams play in the second quarter.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy, a source informed of the situation told Ian Rapoport.
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is back on the ice after recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the IIHF World Championship. Lundqvist suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee. However, the goaltender is skating and is expected to be ready for training camp on Sept. 15.