MLB

Astros bats outside Altuve scuffling going into World Series

HOUSTON (AP) — Take out pennant-clinching home run hitter Jose Altuve, and the Houston Astros‘ bats are really scuffling this postseason. After leading the majors with a .274 team batting average during the regular season, the Astros hit only .208 in their two American League playoffs series while making it to their second World Series in three seasons. That drops ...

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World Series throw-down: Astros, Nats relying on rotations

Now this is a serious World Series throw-down. Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke vs. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin — all of them All-Star starters, still pitching at their peak. It’s a mound meeting that every fan can enjoy, the Houston Astros against the Washington Nationals. Capital hill, indeed. “We’ve got the best pitcher in the ...

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MLB umpire Eric Cooper dies at 52; did playoffs 2 weeks ago

Eric Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago, has died. He was 52. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper’s death Sunday. Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father’s home in Iowa. Popular with his fellow umps, he was talking ...

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Yankees need ace like Gerrit Cole as they pivot toward 2020

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole could be seeing a lot more of the New York Yankees real soon. While there was no Game 7 for the Astros‘ ace to face the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, could he start New York’s opener at Baltimore on March 26? “The work never ends,” New York manager Aaron Boone said after Saturday ...

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Los Viejos _ The Old Guys _ help Nationals make World Series

WASHINGTON (AP) — NL MVP candidate Anthony Rendon surveyed his teammates scattered around the Nationals Park diamond, whoopin’ it up after clinching a World Series berth. There were starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Aníbal Sánchez, each 35 — and each responsible for taking a no-hit bid into at least the seventh inning as Washington won Games 1 and 2 of ...

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Raines recalls Montreal, roots for Nats; others, maybe not

MONTREAL (AP) — Tim Raines started wearing the tricolor cap as a teen and proudly sported the Montreal Expos logo for years, all the way onto his Hall of Fame plaque. So no wonder who he’ll cheer for when his old team — albeit now in Washington — plays in its first World Series, a half-century after the franchise debuted ...

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