Yunel Escobar exits game with wrist injury; X-rays come back negative

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UPDATE: Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports that Escobar left the game with a right wrist injury, but X-rays came back negative.

9:31 p.m. ET: Despite Anthony Rendon coming off the disabled list Thursday, the Nationals were planning to keep Yunel Escobar at third base and play Rendon at second base. Well, that arrangement lasted just one inning.

According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Escobar left tonight’s game against the Cubs with an apparent injury. Dan Kolko of MASN notes that Escobar appeared to grimace after he struck out swinging in the first inning. Rendon has moved over to third base while Danny Espinosa has entered the game to play second.

Escobar, 32, is batting .316/.376/.389 with two home runs and 14 RBI over 50 games this season.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.