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Robinson Canó exits game after hit by pitch

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Luck has not been on Robinson Canó’s side lately. After getting plunked on the right hand by an Andrew Miller fastball during last week’s 6-4 loss to the Cardinals, the Mets’ second baseman was removed from Sunday’s game against the Brewers following a similar incident with a 88-m.p.h. Gio González fastball off of his left hand.

The ball appeared to strike Canó on the side of his left hand, missing the spot between his hand and wrist that had caused so much concern for the team the last time he was injured. It’s not clear exactly how much time he’ll miss, but initial X-rays returned negative for structural damage and he’s currently scheduled to undergo further tests on Monday.

When healthy, Canó has been one of the Mets’ strongest hitters so far this season. He left Sunday’s game batting .270/.324/.430 with 10 extra bases, 11 RBI, and a .754 OPS through 108 plate appearances. After exiting the field, he was replaced by pinch-hitter Juan Lagares, who took a seven-pitch walk from González and stayed in the game to cover center field while outfielder Jeff McNeil took over at second.

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.