Dodgers hope to see Howie Kendrick back in the lineup on Monday


Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick has missed four consecutive games due to a minor right knee injury, suffered while sliding into third base on Wednesday against the Rockies. Manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that Kendrick will return to the starting lineup on Monday, when the Dodgers open a three-game series at home against the Diamondbacks, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kendrick has had a typically solid season, batting .285/.347/.430 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 219 plate appearances. Enrique Hernandez has started at second base while Kendrick has been on the mend.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.