Jose Lima passes after tragic heart attack

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Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that former major league pitcher Josa Lima has passed away at his home in Los Angeles, California due to a massive heart attack.

“Lima Time” was last spotted in the majors back in 2006, when he allowed 22 runs in four starts with the Mets.  He played in the big leagues for 13 years and always brought an unmistakable flair to the mound.  Some may have seen Lima’s animated pitching persona as a little over the top, but there’s no doubting that it was always sincere.  He clearly loved the game and tried continuing his career at a few different levels once Major League Baseball passed him by. 

The right-hander left the league with an 89-102 lifetime record, a 5.26 career ERA and a 1.39 career WHIP, pitching for the Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers and Mets.  He was 37 on Sunday when he passed away.

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.