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Cole, powerful Astros hammer Nats 7-1, lead World Series 3-2

The Houston Astros handed the ball to Gerrit Cole, and he gave them a firm grip on the World Series. Minus ailing ace Max Scherzer, the Nationals were no match …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

World Series notebook: Juan Soto’s struggles typify Nationals’ offensive drought

Two games into the World Series, Juan Soto was knocking the ball all over the park and the Washington Nationals were gleefully pounding the Houston Astros.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

Jose Urquidy, Alex Bregman lead Astros over Nationals 8-1 to tie World Series 2-2

Jose Urquidy outpitched all those big-name aces who preceded him, the unheralded Houston rookie quieting Washington’s bats and the Nationals Park crowd, too.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

Trump intends to uphold tradition of presidents and baseball

President Donald Trump’s plan to attend Game 5 of the World Series in Washington on Sunday will continue a rich tradition of presidential fascination with America’s pastime


World Series notebook: Nationals bring fresh bullpen, high hopes into Game 4

If there was one positive facet about the Washington Nationals’ first loss in well over a week, it was that they had a fresh bullpen for their next attempt to …


Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole face off again in Game 5 of World Series

Houston’s Gerrit Cole heads into his World Series rematch against the Washington Nationals and Max Scherzer in Game 5 on Sunday in an unfamiliar position.


Kurt Suzuki out of Nats’ starting lineup for World Series Game 4

Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was out of the starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night after injuring his right hip flexor.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

Having a catch: Astros, Nats kids crash World Series warmups

WASHINGTON – After Robinson Chirinos yanked a line drive off the foul pole in left field to give the Houston Astros a 4-1 lead in Game 3 of the World …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Astros finally show up in World Series, down Washington 4-1 in Game 3

The World Series finally showed up back in Washington after 86 years… and sparked by Jose Altuve, the Houston Astros finally showed up in this World Series.


Juan Soto celebrates 21st birthday with Nationals Park party

Juan Soto celebrated his 21st birthday with about 40,000 of his closest friends. Great place for a party, too – Nationals Park for Game 3 of the World Series.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

AP source: Red Sox to hire Rays’ Chaim Bloom as top baseball exec

The Boston Red Sox have hired Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom as their new chief baseball officer, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

World Series notebook: Fall Classic back in DC and it’s one expensive party

The first World Series game in the nation’s capital since 1933 had all the trappings of a modern-day big event: exceedingly expensive tickets, massive traffic jams and long lines at …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

MLB conducting wider probe of Astros after exec firing

Major League Baseball is conducting a wider probe of the Houston Astros that goes beyond the assistant general manager who was fired this week for inappropriate behavior, concerned about the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Players, managers find ways to cope with postseason pressure

Dave Martinez feels laid back this October, no longer able to parry pressure by getting jacked on java. “I look at Starbucks and I have to close my eyes,” the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Even amid impeachment probe, both sides cheer for the Nats

As he took the podium last week in the White House briefing room, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was a familiar Washington figure – a former congressman and D.C. …


World Series notebook: With no DH, no guarantee Yordan Alvarez in Astros lineup for Game 3

Even though rookie Yordan Alvarez is one of the Houston Astros’ hottest hitters in the World Series, there’s no guarantee he will be in the lineup for Game 3.


Joe Maddon’s plan for Angels blends analytics, fundamentals

Joe Maddon was a part of the Los Angeles Angels organization during most of its glory days, including that lone World Series championship in 2002.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Astros fire Brandon Taubman over clubhouse incident with reporters

The Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters following Houston’s pennant-winning victory over the New York Yankees last weekend.


MLB’s top prospects deal with good, bad of ‘robot’ umpires

After about 25 games of the TrackMan at Salt River Fields, there’s something of a consensus: The system has its quirks and problems – particularly on breaking balls low in …


A century after Black Sox, baseball cheating goes high-tech

A century after the Black Sox scandal that tarnished the World Series and ushered in major changes in baseball, the notion that millionaire ballplayers would take money to throw a …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Anibal Sanchez starts for Nats in World Series after 13 days’ rest

Anibal Sanchez is not as highly touted, or as highly paid, as the three members of the Washington Nationals’ starting staff who already have pitched in this World Series. All …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Yankees’ Aaron Hicks to have Tommy John surgery, out 8-10 months

The New York Yankees hardly finished the 2019 season before starting on their injured list for 2020. Center fielder Aaron Hicks will have Tommy John surgery for a partially torn …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Nationals return to Washington with 2-0 World Series lead over Houston

The Washington Nationals hold a 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros in the World Series after two wins on the road.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

AP Source: Rebuilding Padres hire rookie manager Jayce Tingler

The San Diego Padres are turning to another rookie manager as they try to bridge the difficult gap between rebuilding and contending. The Padres have hired Jayce Tingler from the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Chicago Cubs hire David Ross to replace Joe Maddon as manager

The Chicago Cubs thought they needed a new voice in the dugout. They are banking on good ol’ “Grandpa Rossy” to give them a spark. The Cubs hired David Ross …


Will ‘Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo’ do Series debut?

The “Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo” earworm might just be coming to a World Series near you, if Washington Nationals backup outfielder Gerardo Parra heads to the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Phillies hire Joe Girardi as manager

The Phillies got their man. Philadelphia hired former Yankees manager Joe Girardi to replace Gabe Kapler on Thursday. Girardi will be introduced at a news conference Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Astros issue 1st intentional walk, Nats bust loose in Game 2

At this rate, AJ Hinch might never issue another intentional walk the rest of his life. Hard to blame the Houston manager for his decision Wednesday night, and the mess …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Ailing Kurt Suzuki delivers big swing as Nats near title

Kurt Suzuki is beat up physically, with a sore back and other ailments after grinding behind the plate from spring training through late October.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Astros’ Justin Verlander 1st pitcher to go 0-5 in World Series

Justin Verlander dropped to 0-5 in World Series games Wednesday night as the Washington Nationals pounded the Houston Astros 12-3 for a 2-0 series lead.