Astros clinch AL West with 100th win

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TORONTO (AP) Houston is heating up as October approaches.

The Astros clinched another AL West title and reached 100 wins for the second straight season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tuesday night behind Alex Bregman's two-run homer.

Houston improved to 100-57 and was assured of first place hours later when second-place Oakland (95-63) lost at Seattle. The Astros will open the Division Series at home against Cleveland on Oct. 5.

Vikes worried about Griffen's well-being

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Last week, the Minnesota Vikings were concerned enough about Everson Griffen's state of mind that they barred the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end from practice until he had a mental health evaluation.

After a scary series of incidents on Saturday, Griffen remained away from the team on Tuesday and out of action indefinitely. Coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen would not travel with the team to play the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday. (MORE)

Yelich's 6 RBIs lift Brewers over Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) Milwaukee's last NL MVP thinks he is about to get some company.

Led by Christian Yelich's silky smooth game, the Brewers are closing in on the playoffs. (MORE)

Bryant bruises wrist, Cubs' lead now 1/2

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs lost again, and this one was particularly painful.

Slugger Kris Bryant exited with a bruised left wrist, Mike Montgomery got hit hard over four-plus innings and the Cubs stumbled to a 6-0 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. (MORE)

Former WBC champ Ortiz charged with rape

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz has been charged with raping a woman inside a home in March.

Police in Oxnard say the 31-year-old Ortiz turned himself in to Ventura County Sheriffs on Tuesday afternoon. Police say the district attorney filed charges after a months-long investigation, and Ortiz surrendered after a warrant was issued for his arrest. (MORE)

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