Blue Jays get Kenny Wilson back from Twins

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As first reported by MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, outfielder Kenny Wilson is headed back to the Blue Jays on another waiver claim. He was claimed away from Toronto by the Twins on April 24, but the Twins cut him from their 40-man roster late last week.

Wilson was batting just .195 with a .595 OPS in 50 plate appearances for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate in New Britain and is a career .228/.326/.311 career hitter in the minors. But he can boast 199 steals.

The 24-year-old was a second-round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of a Tampa high school.

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.