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Sports Monday: Golden Knights' home opener to serve significant, unique purpose

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee says Tuesday's home opener will serve a different purpose. (KSNV)

Following the 2018 season, the Las Vegas 51s will no longer be the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets, according to the 51s.

51s president and COO Don Logan said Monday that the 51s will seek a new MLB affiliate and expect to have one in place by the 2019 season.

The website Syracuse.com reports that two sources said the Mets have “reached an agreement to buy the Syracuse Chiefs and make the International League baseball team its top minor league affiliate.”

Logan said Monday that he believed the Mets simply wanted their Triple-A affiliate closer to New York.

Logan said the 51s’ player development contract with the Mets is set to end after next season.

The 2-0 Vegas Golden Knights host the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in, technically, the team's regular season home opener. However, because of last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas, Golden Knights’ general manager George McPhee said it’ll serve a different purpose.

“Tomorrow night is not about us,” said McPhee. “It’s about honoring and remembering the victims and supporting their families and recognizing the first responders that did tremendous work.”

The Houston Astros poured onto the field at Fenway Park in Boston after advancing to their first American League Championship Series by beating the Red Sox 5-4.

Rookie Aaron Judge drove in two runs and the New York Yankees avoided elimination in the American League Division Series with a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Anthony Rizzo looped a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame Max Scherzer's brilliant performance to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 for a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers reach their second straight NLCS with 3-1 win over Arizona Diamondbacks to sweep their series.

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