Andy Pettitte on track for Sunday return after rehab start

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Andy Pettitte allowed two runs over five innings with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday night in what is expected to be his final rehab start, according to the Associated Press.

Pettitte threw 49 out of 67 pitches for strikes and added a few more in the bullpen to get him closer to his expected count of 80 pitches. He gave up six hits — including a solo home run — while striking out four, walking one and throwing a wild pitch. He escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in his final inning of work by inducing a double play ball and notching a strikeout.

Barring any setbacks, Pettitte is expected to make his long-awaited return from the disabled list on Sunday against the Orioles. The veteran left-hander has been sidelined since August 18 due to a strained left groin.

Pettitte is 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA over 18 starts this season. There’s still enough time for him to make at least two and perhaps three tuneup starts before the postseason begins.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.