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HOUSTON (AP) Giancarlo Stanton was out of the New York Yankees' starting lineup for Game 2 of the AL Championship Series because of a right quad strain that happened before he homered in the opener against the Houston Astros.

Manager Aaron Boone said before Sunday night's game he didn't know Stanton was hurt until after the end of Game 1. Boone said the slugger was injured running out a single in the second inning. That was four innings before he hit a solo home run off Zach Greinke in New York's 7-0 victory, and the left fielder also made a nice defensive play when moving to catch a liner.

"So hoping that it's something that with today and the off day, that he would be back in play for Game 3," Boone said. "We'll just kind of see how these next 48 hours unfold."

Watson, Hyde lead Texans past Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) There were plenty of people standing on the Houston Texans sideline that felt they had something to prove against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Just about all of them succeeded, too. (MORE)

Saints 4-0 under Bridgewater, top Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Minshew Mania didn't have a prayer against New Orleans.

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew was harassed, hurried and humbled in a 13-6 loss to the Saints on Sunday, his worst performance of the season coming just a few hours after Pope Francis accidentally tweeted support for the visiting team. (MORE)

49ers lock down Rams, improve to 5-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 243 yards and ran for a touchdown, and the San Francisco 49ers remained unbeaten with a dominant defensive performance in a 20-7 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

George Kittle had eight catches for 103 yards for the Niners (5-0), who held Los Angeles' once-unstoppable offense to 157 yards in coach Kyle Shanahan's first victory over Rams coach Sean McVay in a game in which both of these NFC West rivals were playing their starters. (MORE)

Seahawks rally by Browns, move to 5-1

CLEVELAND (AP) As rap music thumped from the large sound-system speakers sitting atop lockers at one end of the room, several Seattle players stood on their chairs and danced.

This was their party. (MORE)

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 Surging Panthers beat Bucs in London

 Darnold's return lifts Jets over Cowboys

 Jackson, Ravens drop Bengals to 0-6

 SEC schools Alabama, LSU sit 1-2 in poll


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