Justin Morneau’s chase of NL batting crown takes hit with intercostal soreness


Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau currently has a chance at his first career batting title, but his efforts took a hit last night when he was forced to exit a game against the Cardinals due to what was described as left side intercostal soreness.

Morneau went 0-for-3 before leaving in the sixth inning, which brought his average down to .315 for the year. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that the Rockies are calling him day-to-day, but these type of injuries are tricky to treat and it’s difficult to pinpoint a recovery time.

Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 last night against the Cubs and now leads the National League with a .318 batting average. Morneau sits in second while Andrew McCutchen (.311), Buster Posey (.310,). and Ben Revere (.307) are within shouting distance.

Yankees, Astros lineups for ALCS Game 6

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Things haven’t gone quite according to plan for the Astros, who missed the opportunity to clinch the American League Championship Series after losing 4-1 to the Yankees in Game 5 on Friday. Still just one win away from a World Series invitation, they’ll try their luck again on Saturday night.

Neither lineup has been significantly altered for Game 6. The Yankees will try to push the series to a final Game 7 with right-hander Chad Green, backed by this configuration:

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 1B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
4. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
5. Edwin Encarnación (R) DH
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Gary Sánchez (R) C
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF

The Astros, meanwhile, will send Brad Peacock to the mound in what figures to be a bullpen game for both sides, marking the righty’s first official postseason start since the 2017 ALDS. Martín Maldonado is back in the lineup, as is Josh Reddick, while both Robinson Chirinos and Jack Marisnick will be available off the bench.

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
7. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

Starting tonight, the ALCS returns to Houston for Game 6 and a potential Game 7. Game time is set for 8:08 PM EDT.