Cubs’ Bryant injures ankle in loss to Nationals

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Chicago’s game against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning Wednesday due to a moderate right ankle sprain.

Bryce Harper doesn’t become a free agent until 2019, but rumors have been swirling in recent weeks that he’s willing to jump ship after the 2018 season to sign with the Chicago Cubs, pairing him up with fellow Las Vegas home-towner Kris Bryant. Ian Kennedy (2-6) allowed 2 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings for the Royals.

“The ball started out pretty far over from the bag so I thought I was fine, pretty far away from it”, Bryant said.

Aaron Judge smashed his 27th home run, rookie Miguel Andujar had four RBIs in his major league debut and Masahiro Tanaka won for the first time since May 8 as NY beat Chicago.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Anthony Rizzo doubled with two outs and then scored on a single to left by Willson Contreras, who was thrown out trying for a double.

George Springer and Jose Altuve reached base four times apiece, and Houston outslugged Oakland.

Correa’s two-run shot in the fourth put the Astros up 2-1. Springer clubbed his 24th home run in the first inning to ignite the outburst.

CLEVELAND – Trevor Bauer pitched into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Texas Rangers in manager Terry Francona’s return to the team. He has not given up a run in 10 2/3 innings over his past two starts.

Washington is rapidly nearing the 50-win mark this year as they hope to set themselves up for a deep postseason run.

BREWERS 11, REDS 3: Ryan Braun started a six-homer barrage, hitting the first of three off Homer Bailey, and Milwaukee won at Cincinnati, salvaging the final game of their series.

“Young guys are pressed into more action, getting more experience”, Maddon said. He gave up solo homers to Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila, but only after Kansas City had jumped to a 5-0 lead.

PITTSBURGH – Jose Osuna doubled twice and drove in two runs and rookie Josh Bell hit his 15th homer of the season as the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped on Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell early. Veteran John Lackey got hit hard and the team dropped a second-straight to the Nats.

Steven Matz pitched seven scoreless innings and NY belted two more homers in a victory over Miami. Once-powerful lefty bat Kyle Schwarber has 12 home runs and 28 RBI but is batting just.171 and was sent to the minors to work out his issues. They’re looking at the National League Central.

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