The Wild Wild East

September 16, 2021

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,


The MLB playoff push is getting wild, and the AL East knows better than most. Plus, Week 2 in the NFL returns tonight with an NFC East showdown between the Giants and Washington (8:20 pm ET).


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The Wild, Wild East


Yankees, Red Sox & Blue Jays All Win on Wednesday to Tighten AL East Race


As the MLB regular season enters the final stretch, one division is stealing the headlines. The Yankees staged a 9th-inning comeback for their third straight win on Wednesday while the Red Sox plated six in the 10th inning of a thriller in Seattle. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays got back on the track, and the entire AL East is still anybody’s guess. Here are yesterday\’s highlights and the division picture heading into the final two weeks of the season.


AL East Highlights

Yankees def. Orioles (4-3)

Red Sox def. Mariners (9-4)

Blue Jays def. Rays (6-3)


AL East Standings

Rays (90-56)

Yankees (82-64)

Blue Jays (82-64)

Red Sox (83-65)


MLB Quick-Hitters


A Robbery to RememberGary Sanchez thought he had a home run before Orioles’ 5-foot-8 OF Cedric Mullins climbed the ladder for one of the best home run rob jobs of the 2021 season.


Julio Urias Wins No. 18: One day after the Dodgers clinched a playoff spot, pitcher Julio Urias claimed his league-leading 18th win of the season in a 5-3 victory against Arizona.


Ray’s Cy Young Bid: Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray added to his Cy Young resume with a 13-strikeout performance Wednesday against the Rays.



Champions League Royalty Rises


Manchester City, Liverpool, Dortmund & Real Madrid Take Care of Business in Matchday 1


The first round of six group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League is in the books, and the powerhouse clubs shined on Wednesday. The defending champs from Manchester City tallied a whopping six goals in a blasting of RB Leipzig (6-3). Lionel Messi made his UCL debut for PSG, but they played to a draw with Club Brugge. Other titans like Liverpool, Dortmund and Real Madrid were key winners. Here’s the wrap from Matchday 1:


Champions League Highlights

Dortmund def. Besiktas (2-1)

Sheriff def. Shakhtar Donetsk (2-0)

Real Madrid def. Inter Milan (1-0)

Atletico Madrid draw Porto (0-0)

PSG draw Club Brugge (1-1)

Liverpool def. AC Milan (3-2)

Manchester City def. RB Leipzig (6-3)

Ajax def. Sporting (5-1)


Matchday 2: Tuesday & Wednesday (Sept. 28 & 29)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: Polarizing Alexander-Arnold Gives Liverpool More Good Than Bad

FOX Sports: Lionel Messi Held in First PSG Start of Champions League



A Big Loss for Big \’D\’


Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence Suffers Broken Foot in Practice


The mid-week injury report keeps growing after all of the Week 1 action ended. Cowboys’ defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence suffered a broken foot in Wednesday’s practice and will miss at least 6-8 weeks, leaving a devastating blow to an already questionable defense. Dallas didn’t record a sack in last week’s loss to the Buccaneers, and they’ll also be without their second-best pass rusher, Randy Gregory, after a positive COVID-19 test.


The Loss of Lawrence

One of the Cowboys’ biggest defensive weapons, Lawrence is a two-time pro bowler with 45.5 career sacks. Former 2017 3rd-round pick Tarell Basham will get the start in Sunday’s game against the Chargers.


NFL Week 2 (Thursday Night Football)

Giants at Washington (8:20 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

Dallas Morning News: Cowboys Dealt Another Blow After DeMarcus Lawrence Fractures Foot

The Ringer: Week 1 NFL Panic Meter: How Much Should Each Team Be Worried?



Question of the Day: Results

Yesterday we asked: Which NFL team do you think made the biggest statement in Week 1?


More than half of the team thinks the Saints made the biggest statement with Sunday\’s 38-3 win over the Packers behind QB Jameis Winston\’s 5 TDs.



\"⚾\"️  10 MLB Players Under the Most Pressure

Every player feels pressure in September, but some feel more than others… Here are 10 players feeling heightened pressure as the regular season winds down. (CBS Sports)


\"🏈\"  Week 1 QB Ratings for All 32 Teams

The NFL is back for the 2021 season, and Week 1 quarterback play brought a mixed bag of exactly what you would have expected and wild surprises. (ESPN)


\"🏀\"  The Best John Wall Landing Spots

The Houston Rockets are reportedly on the hunt for a new team for former All-Star point guard John Wall. (Bleacher Report)




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