Quote of the Day: Ruben Amaro confused Kyle Kendrick

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The Phillies are playing the Rockies and one of the Rockies is former Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick was asked about the end of his tenure in Philly following last season. Here’s what he had to say:

Ruben (Amaro Jr.) called me about a week after the season and said we’re going to go in a different direction, we’re going to go younger,” Kendrick said, “and then he signs Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams. So I was like, (huh). That’s the way it is.

Kendrick is 30, while Harang is 37 and Williams is 33. Of course Harang is pitching fantastically this year and Williams is pitching better than Kendrick as well, so we’ll give Amaro points for judgment in this case even if he doesn’t get points for candor.

Back in the day, when the Phillies were winning, Amaro would’ve used the Jedi mind trick he was alleged to have at his disposal and Kendrick would actually agree that he was older than those two guys.

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.