John Mayberry leaves Arizona Fall League with leg injury

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John Mayberry no doubt had hopes of following up a poor season at Triple-A with a great showing in the Arizona Fall League, but instead the Phillies prospect has been sent home with a leg injury after appearing in just one game.

Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mayberry was examined by doctors in Florida and is expected to be healthy in time for spring training, but the former first-round pick already seems like a long shot to claim a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Jayson Werth leaving as a free agent would leave a big hole in the Phillies’ outfield, but top prospect Domonic Brown is expected to replace him in right field after getting his feet wet in the majors down the stretch this season.

Brown hit .327/.391/.589 in the minors this season, including .346/.390/.561 in 28 games at Triple-A as a 22-year-old, while Mayberry hit .267/.328/.412 in 128 games on that same Triple-A team as a 26-year-old.

Astros clinch AL West for third consecutive year

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For the third consecutive season, the Astros are AL West champions. The ‘stros clinched the division on Sunday afternoon with a convincing 13-5 win over the Angels. They were backed by three homers from leadoff man George Springer and individual homers from Alex Bregman and Aledmys Díaz.

Springer has the 22nd three-homer game in baseball this season. He’s the first Astro to hit three homers in a game since Yordan Álvarez last month, on August 10.

Justin Verlander lasted five innings in Sunday’s start, yielding two runs on six hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts. The right-hander is arguably the frontrunner for the AL Cy Young Award, now 20-6 with a 2.53 ERA and a 288/42 K/BB ratio in 217 innings on the year. Verlander is 12 strikeouts shy of the 300-strikeout milestone and six strikeouts short of 3,000 for his career. If the Astros stay on schedule, Verlander would pitch the second-to-last game of the regular season against the Angels.

Sunday’s win marked No. 102 on the season for the Astros. The franchise record is 103 wins set last year. With six games remaining, it seems likely the Astros will set a new record.

The Astros and Yankees both won on Sunday, meaning the Astros remain a half-game ahead in the race for home field advantage. The No. 1 seed will also have the privilege of playing the Wild Card winner, which is down to the Athletics, Rays, and Indians.