Rich Hill will take the mound

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A look at what’s happening around the majors today:ON THE CUSPHouston can clinch its second consecutive AL West title — and a best-of-five playoff matchup against Cleveland — with a win at Toronto and an Oakland loss in Seattle. Rookie right-hander Josh James (1-0 Steven Wright Jersey , 2.81 ERA) makes his third career start for the defending World Series champions, already assured a postseason spot. Alex Bregman and the Astros, with the top road record in baseball at 53-22, are 99-57 overall and a major league-best 17-4 in September. “Everybody is really excited about us closing in on 100 wins and closing in on a division title,” Bregman said, “but there’s only one thing on our mind and that’s winning the World Series again.” The second-place A’s locked up at least a wild card Monday night.PARTY CITYLooking to wrap up a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the playoffs, the Cubs can punch their ticket with a win over Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field and a loss by either Colorado or St. Louis. Mike Montgomery (5-5, 3.75 ERA) pitches for Chicago, which leads the NL Central by 1½ games over Milwaukee. Montgomery has won all three career starts versus the Pirates and has a 2.30 ERA in nine outings against them.THE WRIGHT STUFFThe Mets plan to reinstate captain David Wright from the 60-day disabled list when they host NL East champion Atlanta at Citi Field. Wright has been sidelined since May 2016 by back, neck and shoulder injuries that required surgery. Maybe he’ll even get in the game — manager Mickey Callaway has said he’d like to give Wright a couple of pinch-hit opportunities ahead of his farewell game Saturday Tyler Thornburg Jersey , when the seven-time All-Star is scheduled to start at third base against Miami in what he expects to be his final big league appearance.CENTRAL CASTINGMilwaukee sends Gio Gonzalez (9-11, 4.28 ERA) to the mound and St. Louis counters with rookie Austin Gomber (6-1, 3.63) in the second game of their big series at Busch Stadium. The Brewers won the opener to take a three-game lead in the wild-card race over the Cardinals, who are a half-game ahead of Colorado for the second spot. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three starts since he was acquired in a trade with Washington on Aug. 31. Gomber is coming off a solid start at Atlanta, allowing one run in five innings for an 8-1 victory.NOW HIRINGSan Francisco is searching for a new general manager after Bobby Evans was fired Monday. The team said Evans will be reassigned, with responsibilities to be determined. The Giants (72-85) are finishing up their second consecutive losing season. “At this point, we needed to take a fresh approach to baseball operations,” CEO Larry Baer said. “We’re looking for someone that sort of is the ‘next gen’ general manager, if you will.” The Cleveland Indians will try to right themselves as they return home to the shores of Lake Erie after dropping the first two games of their American League Division Series to the Houston Astros.The New York Yankees used the power bats of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez to win Game 2 of their series with the Boston Red Sox, and they hope to continue to build on that performance in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium.The two American League series will continue Monday after an off-day Sunday. The Astros will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound against Mike Clevinger http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-jackie-bradley-jr-jersey , and first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. The game will be televised by TBS.The Red Sox will send hard-throwing Nathan Eovaldi to the mound while the Yankees will counter with Luis Severino. The game is scheduled to start at 7:40 p.m., and it will also be televised by TBS.The Indians are minus-115 favorites to win the game and keep the series alive, while the Astros are minus-105 underdogs, per OddsShark. Those betting on the Indians have to risk $115 to win $100, while Houston backers put up $105 to win $100.The Yankees are solid minus-175 favorites to take a 2-1 series edge, while the Red Sox are plus-150 underdogs.The Indians need their big three hitters of Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion to get their power bats going. Those three combined for 109 home runs during the regular season.The Astros have done a good job of hitting in the first two games, and there's no reason to think that Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and George Springer will stop hitting just because they have left Minute Maid Park.The Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season, but they were unable to hold onto their homefield advantage in Game 2. While they were very successful on the road this year Roger Clemens Jersey , they have to find a way to get to Severino if they are going to return the favor and beat the Yankees on their homefield.The Red Sox will depend on Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts to for their big hits, while Andrew Benintendi has hit the ball well at Yankee Stadium throughout his career.Rick Porcello was originally scheduled to pitch Game 3, but he pitched in relief in Game 1, and manger Alex Cora decided to hold him back a day and have him start Game 4.Eovaldi has allowed one unearned run in 16 innings against the Yankees since the Red Sox acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays this season."We felt like one more day is going to benefit him (Porcello)," Cora said, per Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. "Nate hasn鈥檛 pitched in a while. He鈥檚 rested, had a good week, and we鈥檙e going with him."In the National League, the Atlanta Braves will host the Los Angeles in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. The Braves edged the Dodgers 6-5 in Game 3 after losing the first two games in Los Angeles.Those two teams will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by FS1. Rich Hill will take the mound at SunTrust Park for the Dodgers while Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to take the mound for the Braves as he attempts to square the series for the Braves.The Dodgers are minus-125 favorites http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-andrew-benintendi-jersey , and the Braves are plus-104 underdogs, per OddsShark.PredictionsThe Indians have the core strength to battle back in the series and win Game 3 of their series with the Astros. Manager Terry Francona has instilled too much pride in this team to get swept, and we expect the Indians will figure out a way to get to Keuchel. Clevinger will do enough to slow down the Houston attack.The Red Sox have a bit of a problem. They may be able to do some damage against Severino鈥攈e was a hot-and-cold pitcher this year鈥攂ut the Yankees should be able to do some damage against the Boston bullpen and it may be difficult for the Red Sox to impact the New York bullpen. Unless the Red Sox get a brilliant effort from Eovaldi and build a lead of three runs or more, the Yankees should win this game.The Braves have a little momentum, and we expect them to send the series back to Los Angeles for a decisive Game 5.

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