Phils' Moyer undergoes minor surgery

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moyer small.jpgJamie Moyer is doing well after undergoing minor surgery on Friday.
Moyer checked into Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia
on Tuesday with recurring symptoms from a sports hernia surgery in
October. After an MRI
showed a small blood collection that may have been infected, Moyer
underwent a procedure to wash out the collection on Friday.




“Jamie is doing very well,” Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti said in
a statement. “The surgery is not likely to impact his rehab schedule
and is likely to have minimal impact on his spring training schedule.”




This was the second such setback following surgery. Cue the old man jokes, but as of now, Moyer should
be ready for the start of spring training. The 47-year-old southpaw has
one year and $8 million remaining on his current contract with the
Phillies.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.