The Houston Astros power through and take game 1 of the ALCS, beating the New York Yankees 4-2 on Wednesday night. Justin Verlander struck out 11 in 6 strong innings. Yuli Gurriel, Chas McCormick and Jeremy Peña all sent one over the wall to help pull in the win.
The San Diego Padres put up the good fight to avoid going into Philly down 2-0. Brandon Drury hit the go-ahead, 2-run single during a 5-run rally in the 5th inning and San Diego shocked Aaron Nola and the Philadephia Phillies 8-5 on Wednesday, tying up the the NLCS at 1-1.
Wednesday playoff games: New York Yankees at Houston Astros: Game 2 - (HOU 1 - NY 0) - 7:37pm - TBS
1st round pick Paolo Banchero had a great showing at the Orlando Magics season opener against the Detroit Pistons despite losing 113-109. Banchero put up 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in his 35 minutes of playing time.
Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Darius Garland exited Wednesday’s season-opening loss to the Toronto Raptors in the 2nd quarter after being unintentionally poked in his left eye in a collision with Raptors guard Gary Trent. Jr. He was evaluated on the sideline and then sent to the locker room with significant bleeding coming from the inside of his eyelid. Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said:
"His head was clear and all those things, but he was cut and bleeding pretty bad from the inside of his eyelid.”
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine did not play in Wednesday's season opener against the Miami Heat siting left knee injury management. LaVine could possibly miss Fridays game against the Washington Wizards but is said to be probable for Saturdays contest.
Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana will be out indefinitely after being put on the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, the league made the announcement on Wednesday. The 26-year-old will be paid during his absence and will be able to return to the Red Wings after being cleared by program administrators.
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will more then likely be out for the next 12 weeks following knee surgery on Tuesday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs put defenseman Jake Muzzin on the IR, the team made the announcement on Wednesday. Muzzin exited during Toronto's loss against the Arizona Coyotes, the team siting a neck injury after a collision with Clayton Keller. He is projected to miss at least 3 games although they have said that they have not put a timeline on his return.