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Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros take game 3 in Washington with a 4-1 final score. The former Diamondback emerged victorious. It wasn’t a particularly long outing, lasting only 4.2 IP, so he doesn’t actually qualify for a win, but it doesn’t really matter. He helped his team win when his rotation-mates couldn’t. It wasn’t very efficient, with Greinke throwing 95 pitches in those 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits, three walks, and an earned run while recording six strikeouts. But it worked. He got out of jam after jam of his own making against a Nationals team that usually excels with runners in scoring position.
Altuve had two doubles and scored two runs in last night’s game. When he came up to bat in the sixth inning, there was even an impressively loud “Jose, Jose Jose Jose” soccer chant. At Nationals Park. Funny enough, Alex Bregman also got a smattering of “MVP” chants in that same inning as the Nationals intentionally walked Michael Brantley (who knocked in two of the four runs for Houston in the game) to load the bases for him. It … did not work out so well for him as he grounded out to end the inning. He and Anthony Rendon, both MVP candidates for their respective leagues, are not having a great series.For his part in the inning, Altuve hit a fielder’s choice that got him to second base when Kyle Tucker milked a rundown to get both runners in scoring position. It was fun to see Houston’s offense get their swagger back.
Catch Game 4 Today on Fox at 5:00pm
Suns VS Nuggets
Suns fall to Nuggets in Overtime Friday night 108-107 in a nail bitter for sure.
Suns center Deandre Ayton suspended for 25 games by NBA
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns plans for a big turnaround season hit an unexpected snag.
Center Deandre Ayton was suspended 25 games without pay by the NBA on Thursday night for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic.The first overall pick last year out of Arizona, Ayton averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds as a rookie and was hoping to have a jump in production in his second season.
He had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks Wednesday night in the Suns’ season-opening home victory over Sacramento. Ayton was especially proud of the blocks, telling media after the game that new coach Monty Williams had put a huge emphasis on defense and rim protection.
But the good vibes from that victory have quickly evaporated.
“On behalf of the Phoenix Suns organization, Monty Williams and I are disappointed in the actions by Deandre Ayton that led to his testing positive for a banned diuretic and subsequent suspension by the NBA. This does not uphold the standards and principles we have set for the team,” Suns general manager James Jones said in a statement released by the team.
“Deandre has expressed his deepest remorse. While he is suspended we remain committed to his growth and development on and off the court. His actions are not taken lightly, and we are committed to ensuring that Deandre understands the profound impact it has had on the team, organization, and Suns community.”
Ayton was upbeat after Wednesday’s win, giving no indication that he was about to miss nearly a third of the season. Phoenix had a 19-63 record last season but hoped for a fast rebuild with a roster that was built around Ayton and high-scoring guard Devin Booker.
The team hired Williams as coach, signed free-agent point guard Ricky Rubio and re-signed talented forward Kelly Oubre Jr. The Suns also added rookies Cameron Johnson and Ty Jerome and depth in the frontcourt with veterans Aron Baynes, Dario Saric and Frank Kaminsky III.
Now they’ll be without Ayton until mid-December unless the suspension is reduced through the arbitration process.
“I want to apologize to my family, the entire Suns organization, my teammates, partners, our fans and the Phoenix community,” Ayton said in a statement. “This was an unintentional mistake and unfortunately I put something in my body that I was completely unaware of.”
“I do understand the unfortunate impact that this has on so many others, and for that I am deeply sorry. I’m extremely disappointed that I’ve let my team down. I will continue to work with the Players’ Union (NBPA) to go through the arbitration process and am hopeful for a positive resolution.”
Ayton won’t be eligible to return until a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 17. Phoenix plays at Denver on Friday nigh
Cardinals take on the Saints 10:00 am on CBS Sunday 10/27/19
As New Orleans (6-1) prepares to put its five-game winning streak on the line against the surging Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1) on Sunday, Payton must decide if now is the right time to bring back Brees in place of Teddy Bridgewater.
One thing is certain. Payton wasn’t looking to keep his record-setting quarterback on the sideline any longer than necessary, regardless of how well the team performed without him.
The coach said the fact that the Saints have a bye next week — which would give Brees seven weeks of recovery since his Sept. 18 thumb surgery if he sat out against Arizona — won’t enter into the decision “at all.”
“Look, this game coming up this week for Arizona, for us, is a unit. It’s just as important as a game three weeks from now or five weeks from now,” Payton said. “If he’s ready to play, he’s ready to play.”
Brees was in full pads and helmet at practice this week, taking snaps and throwing as he normally would. He asserted earlier this week that he fully intended to make his comeback from thumb surgery this Sunday unless his form in practice wasn’t up to his standards.
After a couple practices, several teammates said the 40-year-old Brees looked like his old, record-setting self.
“He prepares harder than anyone to ever play the game, so he’s been putting in overtime getting ready, getting his game mode on,” left tackle Terron Armstead said. “He looked sharp. He looked good. His communication is right back where he left off and of course we’re excited for him.
“You know what Drew brings to this team, to this city, to this sport, so to have that value be inputted into our offense at any point is going to be uplifting.”
The Cardinals, who’ve won three straight, sounded like a team preparing to face Brees. Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray even indicated he was hoping he’d get a chance to play the Saints with Brees in the lineup.
“I’ve played against a lot of great ones so far, but for me personally, I think he’d be at the top,” Murray said. “What he’s done for the game, what he’s done in his career, not many have been able to do what he’s done. He’s obviously one of the best to ever play, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Brees said he “absolutely” considers the past five weeks a prime example of Payton’s coaching prowess and of how well the Saints have been built in recent years to withstand losses of key players, including top running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook, who did not play in a victory at Chicago .
“One of his great strengths is taking the talents and the abilities of what he has and maximizing those, putting everybody in the best position to succeed,” Brees said.
Cardinals first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury called the Saints “a complete team.”
“That’s the scariest part,” Kingsbury said. “For a few years, it looked like they were building the defense to catch up with the offense, and they’ve caught up. To lose your best running back and starting quarterback and go on a win streak and dominate defensively, dominate special teams and still play at a high level offensively, it says a lot about their organization and their coaching.”
Second-year running back Chase Edmonds had the best game of his career with 126 yards rushing and three touchdowns in last week’s rain-soaked win over the New York Giants . Even if starter David Johnson is at full strength after an ankle injury, Edmonds will likely have a big role because of his hard running and pass-catching ability. Edmonds is averaging 5.6 yards per carry this season and has also caught 10 passes.
“They’ve got a good one-two punch at running back,” Saints linebacker Demario Davis said. “We’re going to have our hands full.”
BIG BAD JONES
Veteran linebacker Chandler Jones continues to put up big numbers for the Cardinals and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after having a career-high four sacks in Sunday’s win over the Giants. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder has 8½ sacks this year, which ranks third in the league, and has forced four fumbles. Jones said it was nice for the defense to get some national recognition, even if it was an individual award.
“It feels good for sure,” he said. “Hopefully, we can keep it going. Hopefully it gives us some momentum for us to play better and get the snowball effect rolling.”
The Saints haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 33 straight games, including playoffs, and in the shorter term have held their past four opponents to 257 or fewer yards. The past four games have been perhaps the most dominant stretch by a New Orleans defense since 1992, when the club held five straight opponents to 254 or fewer yards.
“The preparation of his team has been outstanding and the focus has been outstanding, and I think everybody’s taken care of their bodies,” linebacker A.J. Klein said. “We’re just in a good place.”