Stenhouse Jr. rallies to victory and pinches the points race
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rallied from two laps down at Kansas Speedway to salvage his points day.
Then he stole a win as well.
Stenhouse, the defending Nationwide Series champion, lucked into his series-leading sixth win of the season Saturday when leader Kyle Busch ran out gas heading into the final turn. A late caution extended the race by six laps, and it stretched the fuel tanks of several cars at the front of the field.
Not Stenhouse, though.
The win tightened up the Nationwide championship race, too. Stenhouse was 13 points behind leader Elliott Sadler at the start of the race but cut it to six points with three races remaining.
Austin Dillon finished second to clinch the manufacturer championship for Chevrolet.
A daily look at the lockout: 35 days in, 135 games lost
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20.
Last Negotiations: Thursday, Oct. 18, at NHLPA headquarters in Toronto.
Next Negotiations: None scheduled.
Games Lost: 135 (all games through Nov. 1).
Staying Quiet: One day after the NHL announced a second batch of canceled games, little buzz was generated on either side of the dispute Saturday. It was unclear if the league was in touch with the union, but no talks currently are planned. The NHL said a deal must be in place by Thursday for teams to play full 82-game schedules this season.
What We Missed: A big 11-game slate of games was wiped out Saturday. The most prominent losses were an Original Six matchup in Chicago between the Detroit Red Wings and the host Blackhawks, and an all-Canadian pairing with the Ottawa Senators visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On This Day Last Year: Alex Ovechkin broke out of an early-season slump by scoring twice in Washington’s 5-2 win over Philadelphia that gave the Capitals their first 6-0 start. In Pittsburgh, James Neal netted his NHL-leading seventh goal of the season in a 3-1 victory against Montreal.
A’s, Diamondbacks, Marlins swap pitchers and players
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired reliever Heath Bell and infielder Cliff Pennington in a pair of trades that sent outfielder Chris Young to the Oakland Athletics.
Arizona obtained Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from Oakland for Young and cash, then sent Cabrera to the Miami Marlins for Bell and cash.
Earlier in the day, Arizona exercised a $6.5-million option on closer J.J. Putz.
Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said Bell provides a right-handed power arm to help set up Putz, and Pennington gives the team experience at shortstop and second base.
The 35-year-old Bell has 151 saves the last four seasons. He signed a $27-million, three-year contract with Miami last offseason but lost his closer’s job in July. He finished with 19 saves in 27 chances and a 5.09 ERA in in 73 games.
Young, Arizona’s center fielder for six seasons, was the odd man out in a crowded outfield; the team projects prospect Adam Eaton to play center and be its leadoff hitter next season.
Unofficially, Boston steals the Blue Jays’ manager
BOSTON – The Red Sox are preparing to announce that John Farrell will be their new manager, according to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal to bring the former Boston pitching coach back one year after the ballclub first tried to give him the top job.
The announcement was delayed by the unusual logistics of hiring a manager under contract with another team, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the final procedural steps had not been cleared. But the three-year deal could be announced as soon as today.