Last Update on September 16, 2014 05:34 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) -- Jose Altuve had three hits to give him 209 this season and drove in two runs, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
The major league hits leader is just one hit shy of tying the franchise record of 210, set by Craig Biggio in 1998.
Cleveland's wild-card hopes continue to fade with a fourth straight loss. They entered the night five games back for the second AL wild card.
The Astros trailed by one in the third inning with runners at second and third when Altuve's single scored them both to put Houston up 2-1.
Houston starter Collin McHugh (10-9) allowed five hits and one run -- none earned -- in 6 2-3 innings, to extend his career-long winning streak to six games. He left after taking a comebacker to his left arm in the seventh.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Anthony Rizzo capped his return to the Cubs lineup with a walk-off home run in the ninth inning that gave Chicago a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Rizzo had missed the last 18 games due to a back problem but drove a pitch from Pedro Villarreal (0-1) over the wall in center field. Rizzo's homer was his 31st of the season and gave Hector Rondon (4-4) the win after he tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
Travis Wood didn't get any run support and couldn't earn his ninth win of the season despite producing one of his best outings of the year. Wood threw six scoreless innings, allowed only three hits, and lowered his ERA to 4.86.
Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon gave up five hits in seven innings.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- A three-day break wasn't enough to separate the Baltimore Ravens from the Ray Rice saga, and coach John Harbaugh expects the suspended running back and domestic violence to remain topics the team and the NFL will be addressing the foreseeable future.
Harbaugh says, "We're probably not going to get away from it, and probably rightly so."
He hopes the fallout from the situation "impacts society in a good way going forward."
When last on the field, Baltimore beat Pittsburgh on Thursday night and have started preparing for Cleveland on Sunday.
But the Ravens have been in damage-control mode since releasing Rice after a video surfaced on Sept. 8 showing him striking his then-fiancee in an elevator last February.
While Harbaugh continues to answer questions about Rice, he is gameplanning for the Browns.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- So upset with himself, Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey has posted grades of his play against Dallas on the wall beside his locker. He plans to keep that as a constant reminder until he fixes those mistakes.
The Titans struggled enough in their home opener to paper much of the locker room if they follow Casey's example. They fell behind 16-0 and lost 26-10 in a game coach Ken Whisenhunt says nobody played great.
And Whisenhunt said Monday a lot of the issues were self-inflicted by the Titans (1-1).
They gave up 220 yards rushing and managed only 68 yards in the first half of a 26-10 loss to the Cowboys.
Now Tennessee hits the road starting a two-game swing at Cincinnati (2-0) on Sunday.
Last Update on September 17, 2014 04:00 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- First in war, first in peace, first in the National League East.
The Washington Nationals have become the first major league team to clinch a division title this season, their second in three years. And Baltimore fans are celebrating the Orioles' first division title in 17 years.
Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) pitched five-hit ball over seven innings as the Nats shut out the Braves 3-0 in Atlanta to claim the National League East championship. The game was scoreless until Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to help Roark pick up his 14th win. Desmond also scored an insurance run on a wild pitch in the ninth.
The Orioles captured the American League East crown for the first time since 1997 as Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer and Baltimore's bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in an 8-2 rout of Toronto. Jimmy Paredes (pah-REH'-dees) added a solo shot before Alejandro De Aza (day AH'-zah) put the game out of reach with a three-run triple in the seventh.
The Blue Jays collected just four hits in moving a step closer to elimination in the AL wild-card race.
Elsewhere in the majors:
-- Charlie Morton combined with five relievers on a seven-hitter as Pittsburgh blanked Boston 4-0. Russell Martin put the Pirates ahead with a two-run homer in the second, four innings before Starling Marte (MAHR'-tay) added a solo blast.
-- Wilmer Flores was 3-for-4 with two homers and a career-high six RBIs as the New York Mets ripped Miami 9-1. Ruben Tejada (the-HAH'-dah) drove in two runs to back Bartolo Colon, who surrendered 12 hits but only one run in 7 2/3 innings.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees infielder-outfielder Martin Prado (mar-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) has had an appendectomy and will miss the rest of the season. The team says Prado had the surgery Tuesday and has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Prado has been a solid performer for the Yankees, posting a .316 batting average with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 37 games since being obtained from Arizona on July 31.
Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) is likely to rejoin the Yankees' rotation Sunday against Toronto and will have a pitch limit of 70 to 75. He has been sidelined since July 9 because of a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
If Tanaka doesn't have any setbacks, he would get a second outing during the Yankees' season-ending series at Boston.
UNDATED (AP) -- The NFL is beginning to hear from its major sponsors amid the league's recent instances of domestic abuse.
Anheuser (AN'-hy-zur)-Busch says it has spoken with the NFL about former Raven Ray Rice's domestic abuse situation and the child abuse charges against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. McDonald's, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league.
In response, the league issued a statement saying: "We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come."
Yearly sponsorship money is worth about $1.07 billion for the league and its teams, according to sponsorship consultancy IEG.
Radisson Hotels have pulled their sponsorship of the Vikings, and Nike (NY'-kee) stores in the Twin Cities area have pulled Peterson merchandise from their shelves.
Meanwhile, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says Peterson should have remained suspended until an accusation of child abuse was resolved in the Texas legal system. Peterson is accused of causing injury to his 4-year old son by using a wooden switch to spank him.
The governor said in a statement to The Associated Press that Peterson is innocent until proven guilty. But Dayton also called Peterson's actions "a public embarrassment" to the Vikings and the state of Minnesota.
And the union has appeared Rice's indefinite suspension. He was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
The former Ravens running back had already served the first game of that suspension when a video surfaced last week showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator.
Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the "new evidence."
Goodell and the Ravens say they never saw the video before Sept. 8.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. senator says she will introduce a bill to eliminate the NFL's tax-exempt status because the league has not taken action over the Washington Redskins name. The announcement by Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington state was one of several initiatives presented during a Capitol Hill news conference today aimed at increasing pressure on Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
UNDATED (AP) -- Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau (SAY'-ow) are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Also nominated for the class of 2015 in their first year of eligibility are receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, tackle Orlando Pace, and placekicker Jason Elam.
A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. A modern-era player or coach must be retired at least five consecutive seasons to be eligible.
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) -- A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo made the announcement after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff's investigators.
Stewart's car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race in Canandaigua (kan-un-DAY'-gwuh) on Aug. 9.
Stewart issued a statement saying he looks forward to the process being completed and will continue to cooperate.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Mayor Kasim (kah-SEEM') Reed says he has talked with six potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks. He expects a sale of the team to move quickly after racially charged comments by owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry.
Reed says whoever buys the team would have majority ownership.
He says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is lining up an investment bank to look into the finances of any potential buyer.
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