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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Washington Nationals fans celebrate win – without climbing the light poles

A city often characterized as a little uptight let some raw emotion, and many kegs of beer, flow freely as the Washington Nationals won the World Series despite not winning …


Nationals, GM Mike Rizzo earn ‘I told you so’ World Series title

In some ways, this World Series championship serves as an “I told you so” for the Washington Nationals and their general manager, Mike Rizzo.


‘A group of heartbroken men’: Astros fall short of title

It was well within their grasp. The Houston Astros had a shot at a mini dynasty with a second title in three seasons. Instead, they failed to get one win …


World Series notebook: Zack vs Mad Max matchup if Fall Classic extends to Game 7

There will be a matchup of former Cy Young winners who were first-round draft picks if there is a Game 7 in the World Series. Zack vs. Mad Max.


Max Scherzer set up to start Game 7 if Nationals get that far

Max Scherzer is all warmed up. The Washington ace put aside his recent injury woes for a little light tossing in left field Tuesday, a day before he hopes to …


Kurt Suzuki out of Nats lineup again vs. Astros in World Series

Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki is out of the Nationals lineup again for Game 6 of the World Series.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

With each pitch at Series, call gets louder for robot umps

From the box seats to the far reaches of the bleachers, all 40,000 umpires in the stands at Nationals Park were sure they could tell: Gerrit Cole’s fastball to Victor …


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 …


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

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

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.


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.


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 …


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: 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.


Rob Manfred discounts drop in home runs during postseason

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred discounts the drop in home runs during the postseason and expects to receive a new report from scientists on baseballs by the end of the year.


Late call: George Springer phones AJ Hinch, rehashes baserunning play

Before going to sleep, George Springer wanted to put to bed what happened on the bases. So the Astros star phoned manager AJ Hinch well after a 5-4 loss to …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

World Series notebook: Alex Bregman 2-run homer breaks postseason slump but Astros lose

After Alex Bregman struck out three times while going 0 for 4 with a walk in Game 1 of the World Series, including two strikeouts with runners on base in …


AJ Hinch tweaks Astros’ lineup for Game 2 against Nationals

Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch has made a couple of tweaks to his lineup for Game 2 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Paul Newberry: Astros have shown disdain for media over and over

There’s no cheering – or jeering – in the press box. Impartiality should be the guiding tenet of any journalist. Yet, the Houston Astros are making it really, really tough …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Very complex: Nats, Astros share spring site, meet in Series

Asked how his Washington Nationals figured out Gerrit Cole in the World Series opener, Juan Soto didn’t have to look far for an answer. “I’m glad I face him in …


Astros reliever Josh James uses mental training to succeed

Josh James slowly walks slightly off the mound, turns around and fixes his gaze on the foul pole in right field. A few seconds pass before the hard-throwing Houston Astros …