AROUND THE HORN
Astros: SS Carlos Correa was sent home from Cleveland back to Houston because of inflammation in his left shoulder. Manager A.J. Hinch said he was optimistic the reigning AL Rookie of Year would be able to play this weekend when the Astros host the Cubs. Hinch said the team wanted Correa to undergo additional medical tests. Correa experienced soreness in his shoulder during Tuesday night’s game in Cleveland and told Hinch he was uncomfortable upon waking Wednesday. He struck out in his three at-bats before singling in the eighth inning Tuesday. Correa is batting .274 with 19 home runs, 90 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 134 games.
Nationals: Hours after he was activated from the disabled list, RHP Stephen Strasburg left in the third inning against the Braves. Strasburg had been sidelined with right elbow soreness. He gave up one run and two hits in 21⁄ innings with four strikeouts and no walks, throwing 42 pitches. Before going on the disabled list, Strasburg had allowed 19 runs over three starts. ... The team reinstated IF Stephen Drew from the 15-day DL. Drew missed 40 games because of vertigo-like symptoms.
Yankees: Bryan Mitchell earned his first major-league win, combining with Luis Severino and Tyler Clippard to shut down the Blue Jays, and the Yankees kept up their surprising surge with a 2-0 victory to complete a three-game sweep. Starlin Castro homered for the Yankees, who have won four straight and 10 of 14 to close within 21⁄ games of the Orioles for the second AL wild card.
Athletics: Jharel Cotton made a memorable major-league debut in a 4-1 victory over the Angels. The 24-year-old right-hander was sharp with four pitches, giving up one run on two hits in 61⁄ innings. Cotton, who became the fourth pitcher in big-league history born in the Virgin Islands, came to the A’s from the Dodgers at the trade deadline in the deal that sent Josh Reddick to Los Angeles.