OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays have won the AL wild-card game by homering four times in the first three innings of a 5-1 win over the Athletics in Oakland. Yandy Diaz became the third player to homer twice in a wild-card game, leading off the game with a blast and going deep in the third inning. Avisail Garcia added a two-run blast, Tommy Pham provided a solo shot and Charlie Morton held the A’s to an unearned run over five innings to help the Rays earn a meeting with the Houston Astros in the ALDS.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots have placed kicker Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve without disclosing his ailment. Gostkowski has appeared in every game for New England since 2011. But he’s struggled thus far in 2019, missing four extra points. Gostkowski is the Pats’ all-time leading scorer with 1,775 points and has led the NFL in that category five times.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Defensive back Morris Claiborne has returned to the practice field with the Chiefs after serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The 4-0 Chiefs also welcomed back wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Damien Williams from injuries yesterday, although it’s uncertain how much the three will play Sunday against the Cubs. Hill has been sidelined since Week 1 with a collarbone injury, and Williams has been nursing an ankle issue.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jacksonville Jaguars disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey missed his fifth consecutive practice and was listed on the injury report yesterday with a back injury. Ramsey missed one practice last week because of an illness, another because of his back and then two more to be home for the birth of his second child. Ramsey told a weekly podcast featuring NFL players last week that his trade request stands.
FLORHAM PARK, N.Y. (AP) – New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold practiced yesterday for the first time since being diagnosed with mononucleosis three weeks ago. He still hasn’t been cleared for physical contact or lifting weights, leaving his availability for New York’s game at Philadelphia on Sunday uncertain. Head coach Adam Gase said Darnold will have additional tests tomorrow and the team will lean on the doctors to determine what the quarterback can do physically.