Cardinals may have to rework NLDS rotation after Jaime Garcia’s early exit

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Update (7:04 PM EDT): Garcia was removed due to a stomach virus, per the Cardinals.


Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia was only able to last two innings during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs. He worked around a one-out double to Jorge Soler in the first inning, but the Cardinals’ defense fell apart. The Cubs scored three runs without hitting a ball past the infield, and Jorge Soler added insult to injury when he blasted a two-run home run to center field to make it 5-1.

Garcia’s final line after 45 pitches: 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K. Lance Lynn took the hill in the third inning in relief, but ran into trouble of his own. He walked Anthony Rizzo to lead off the inning, then Starlin Castro hit a line drive to right field on a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners. Lynn bounced back to strike out Austin Jackson, but Miguel Montero was able to bring in a run on a ground out to make it 6-1.

Lynn was on track to start Game 4, but because he had to take over for Garcia in Game 2, the Cardinals may tab John Lackey start Game 4 instead, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes. They could also call on Tyler Lyons for a start.

Nevada Senate vote on proposed A’s stadium in Las Vegas extended until next week

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate adjourned Thursday without voting on a financing bill for a proposed $1.5 billion Las Vegas Strip stadium for the Oakland Athletics, extending the special legislative session into the next week amid negotiations over whether to contribute $380 million in public funding to the project.

The measure can still be amended by lawmakers, and if it passes the Senate it would still need approval from the Assembly before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who has expressed support for it. Both the state Senate and Assembly are adjourned until Monday.

In a hearing that began Wednesday and stretched into the early morning hours Thursday, lawmakers peppered tourism officials and a representative from a firm partnering with the ball club with questions about the feasibility and benefits of financing such a deal.

Public funds for the stadium would mainly come from $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds. Backers have pledged that the creation of a special tax district around the proposed stadium would generate enough money to pay off those bonds and interest. The plan would not directly raise taxes.

The A’s would not owe property taxes for the publicly owned stadium. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would also contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.

A’s representatives and some tourism officials say a deal would further grow Las Vegas’ developing sports scene and act as an economic engine, but a growing chorus of economists and some lawmakers warn that the project would bring minimal benefits for the hefty public price tag.