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Last Update on September 16, 2014 05:34 GMT

INDIANS-ASTROS

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.

BBN-REDS-CUBS

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.

RAVENS-NEXT STEP

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.

TITANS STUMBLE

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.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 16, 2014 20:54 GMT

NASCAR-STEWART

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. The 20-year-old had climbed from his car after it had spun while racing alongside Stewart.

Stewart issued a statement saying he looks forward to the process being completed and will continue to cooperate.

UNION-RICE APPEAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- The players' union today plans to appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week.

NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press yesterday "we are expecting to appeal before the deadline on Tuesday night." That deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator. When videotape of that incident was made public and showed Rice punching his now-wife Janay, knocking her unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens released the running back. Almost immediately after that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made Rice's suspension indefinite.

Although he doesn't have a team, Rice remains a member of the NFLPA.

Rice can apply for reinstatement when he convinces Goodell that he is "addressing this issue." Rice can avoid prosecution and a criminal record by completing a pretrial intervention program, a resolution prosecutors said they agreed to after consulting with Janay Rice.

NFL-REDSKINS NAME

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.

PETERSON-GOVERNOR

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says Vikings running back Adrian Peterson should have remained suspended until an accusation of child abuse was resolved in the Texas legal system.

Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. He has said he was sorry for hurting the child but did not intend to and is not a child abuser.

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.

REDSKINS-RAMBO

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins have cut Bacarri Rambo after the second-year safety struggled in the team's first two games. Rambo was released to make room for safety Brandon Meriweather, who was restored to the roster after serving a two-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Nationals can clinch the NL East with a win at Atlanta tonight. The defending champion Braves are trying to snap a four-game losing streak while the Nats look for their fourth straight victory. It would be the second division title in three years for Washington.

Over in the American League, Baltimore can clinch its first division title since 1997 with a win over visiting Toronto tonight. The Birds inched closer to the AL East crown by beating the Blue Jays 5-2 last night.

Detroit begins the night with a one-and a-half-game lead over Kansas City in the AL Central. The Tigers visit Minnesota while the Royals host the Chicago White Sox. In the AL West, Seattle plays at the Los Angeles Angels a night after LA clinched a postseason berth. The Mariners are two games out of the wild-card picture. Also tonight Oakland will host Texas.

A key series in the National League Central begins tonight with Milwaukee at St. Louis. The Brewers start the night five games behind the first-place Cardinals. As for wild-card hopes, the Brewers are a game and a-half out of the picture behind both Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The Pirates host Boston tonight while the Giants visit Arizona. Staying in the NL West, first-place Los Angeles visits Colorado. The Dodgers top the Giants by four games.

Also tonight, Cincinnati righty Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) looks to improve his mark to 19-8 when the Reds visit the Chicago Cubs. Rounding out the schedule, the New York Yankees visit Tampa Bay, the New York Mets host Miami, Cleveland visits Houston and Philadelphia plays at San Diego.

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