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Nats up 3-0 after blasting Cards…Stanton hopes to play today…Packers rally past Lions

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Nationals can close out the first National League pennant in franchise history by beating the St. Louis Cardinals this evening. Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 while allowing an unearned run and seven hits over seven innings of the Nationals’ 8-1 rout of the Redbirds. Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three runs for the Nats, who have outscored the Cards 13-2 in the series.

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is trying to heal up a strained right quad that kept him out of the starting lineup for Game 2 of the AL Championship Series in Houston. The teams are tied 1-all, and manager Aaron Boone is hopeful Stanton can recover in time to start Game 3 this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Stanton was injured running out an infield single in the second inning of Game 1 but remained in the game and homered off Zack Greinke in a 7-0 victory.

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees and Houston Astros plan all-bullpen games from the start in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in the Bronx. Houston manager AJ Hinch anticipates rookie right-hander Jose Urquidy will pitch at some point in Game 4 but preferred to call it “a bullpen day.” Yanks skipper Aaron Boone says he can see regular-season starter J.A. Happ in his mix of Wednesday hurlers.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers still lead the NFC North after Aaron Rodgers engineered a pair of late scoring drives in a 23-22 comeback win over the Detroit Lions. Mason Crosby’s 23-yard field goal as time expired gives the Packers a 5-1 record and drops the Lions to 2-2-1. Detroit led 22-13 until Rodgers hit Allen Lazard for a 35-yard touchdown with 9:01 to play.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) – Ryan Blaney outdueled Ryan Newman over the final two laps to win NASCAR’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway and earn a berth in the third round of the playoffs. Blaney lost the lead to Newman before getting a push from fellow Ford driver Aric Almirola to earn his first win of the year and join Kyle Larson in the round of eight. Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Almirola and Michael McDowell as Ford took four of the top five spots.

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