Chris Sale is back with the Boston Red Sox and says he feels well enough to pitch. Whether he’ll start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series remains to be seen.
Sale returned to the team Tuesday in Houston after being hospitalized for a stomach illness. The club hasn’t specified the ailment or treatment, though manager Alex Cora said it was nothing serious.
“This is what he said: ‘I’m good enough,’ ” Cora said Tuesday night after the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 8-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Cora said before the game that Sale, the potential starter Thursday night, might throw a bullpen during Game 3. That didn’t happen, but the lefty ace is expected to work off a mound Wednesday before Game 4.
When players for both teams were introduced before the first series game in Houston, Sale lined up with the Red Sox along the third-base line. The seven-time All-Star started the series opener but missed Game 2 and didn’t travel with the team after being hospitalized. After Tuesday’s game, Sale was among the first players to leave after the clubhouse was opened to the media.
The Los Angeles Angels opted out of their Angel Stadium lease with the city of Anaheim, renewing the possibility they could build a stadium somewhere near their longtime Orange County home.
The team and the city will negotiate on a new deal to keep the Angels in the fourth-oldest ballpark in the major leagues.
The Angels also will renew their explorations of the feasibility of building a stadium elsewhere in Southern California.
The Angels terminated their lease on the last day possible before 2028. The decision means the club has the ability to leave Angel Stadium after the 2019 season.
Bosa focused on NFL
Injured defensive end Nick Bosa has decided to leave school to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft in the spring, Ohio State said Tuesday.
The junior All-American from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., already had four sacks this season when he suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. 15 in the third game of the season.
He had surgery five days later, and no timetable was set for his return to the team.
Considered one of the best players in college football, Bosa had left no doubt that he would leave school after this season to enter the draft. He planned to follow the same path as his older brother, Joey Bosa, who left Ohio State a year early and now plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Lakers keep young core
The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract options for the 2019-20 season on Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. The Lakers made the expected moves Tuesday for their young core surrounding LeBron James.
WNBA All-Star Kristi Toliver will be an assistant coach for player development for the NBA’s Washington Wizards this season. Toliver’s job was one of several changes to coach Scott Brooks’ staff announced by the Wizards, two days before they host the Miami Heat to open the season. … Buffalo Bills rookie starter Josh Allen has been diagnosed with a sprained right elbow on his throwing arm and is not expected to play at Indianapolis this weekend. Coach Sean McDermott would only list Allen as week to week on Monday, and wouldn’t rule him out from playing this weekend. … Laura Davies recovered from a pair of early bogeys for a 2-under 70 that gave her a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Senior LPGA Championship as she goes for a second senior major.
In slightly warmer weather on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, the 55-year-old Davies played bogey-free over the last 11 holes and was at 6-under 138. Brandi Burton had a 66, the best score of the tournament, and was two shots behind.