Correa missed just one game in July after injuring the same left thumb. If he has to miss extended time, Gonzalez would likely split time at shortstop with fellow utility infielder Alex Bregman. The Astros would definitely miss Correa, who is hitting .320 with 20 home runs and 66 RBIs and is a stellar defender. But Houston has a 15 1/2-game lead in the American League West and Gonzalez (.311, 17 HRs, 55 RBIs) and Bregman (.257, 8, 28) aren’t slouches at the plate.
Also leaving a loss early was Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt, who sprained his neck and left knee in a collision with Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl in the fifth inning of Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win at PNC Park.
Kuhl was attempting to score from second base on a base hit from Francisco Cervelli in the bottom of the fifth inning, but a perfectly thrown ball from Domingo Santana in right field was caught by Vogt, who wasn’t prepared for a collision with the 6-3, 215-pound pitcher.
Both players were clearly shaken after the impact, but Vogt stayed down longer as trainers and manager Craig Counsell came to his side.
The Celtics have two primary defenders to throw at James. The usual option is Jae Crowder, who has the heft to hold off James but, as was too often obvious Wednesday night, lacks the quickness to keep up with him. When he posts up, James always appears to be one quick spin move away from putting Crowder in his dust, and Boston’s help D was not rotating nearly quickly enough to keep James from a clear shot at the basket.
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Game Womens Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Jersey Boston also goes with guard Avery Bradley when it wants to give James a quick-handed, active defender. That can be a good way to deal with James, but Bradley gives up 70 (at least) pounds. His quick hands only get him so far in such a physical mismatch.