Natl. Sports Headlines for Thursday, Oct. 14th:
Another Game 5 tonight…ALCS starts tomorrow with Yankees at Houston
WASHINGTON (AP) – There’s another win-or-go-home game in baseball tonight as the Washington Nationals host the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of their NL Division Series. Kyle Hendricks pitches for the World Series champion Cubs. Washington manager Dusty Baker was non-committal when asked about his starter. Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark are the most likely candidates. The winner heads for Los Angeles to play the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series beginning Saturday.
HOUSTON (AP) – Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros are preparing to host the Yankees tomorrow in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. New York advanced with a 5-2 victory over Cleveland last night in Game 5 of their Division Series. It was the fourth time this postseason that the wild-card Yankees staved off elimination. Houston reached the best-of-seven ALCS by eliminating Boston in Game 4 on Monday.
BOSTON (AP) – The Red Sox are looking for a new manager after firing John Farrell following the team’s second consecutive loss in the AL Division Series. Boston’s president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, says the team plans to move swiftly on its next hire. He says the next manager will “most likely not” be a member of the current coaching staff. Farrell went 432-378 over five seasons with Boston.
MIAMI (AP) – A sports agent and a baseball trainer are seeking lenient prison sentences after their convictions in Miami of smuggling Cuban players to the United States. Court records filed this week show agent Bartolo Hernandez is asking for a three-year prison term and trainer Julio Estrada wants no more than five years. They were convicted by a jury in March after a six-week trial. Sentencing is set for Nov. 2.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants have suspended cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after he left the team’s facilities before practice yesterday. Coach Ben McAdoo had told the 10-year veteran that he wouldn’t be active for this Sunday’s game in Denver because of something that occurred during last weekend’s loss to the Chargers, but that he still expected him to practice.