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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Max-imum effort: Max Scherzer, Nats wiggle to win Series opener

He could have been Mad Max on a night his best was missing. Instead, he fenced and fought, shuffled and juggled. And so did the Washington Nationals bullpen.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Gerrit Cole’s streak ends as Nats rough up Astros ace in Game 1

Gerrit Cole trudged slowly off the mound, wiped the sweat from his upper lip and took a handshake and pat on the backside from manager AJ Hinch.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Ryan Zimmerman full circle with HR trot for Nats in World Series

Ryan Zimmerman has come full circle, with a trot around the bases for the Washington Nationals. The first amateur player ever drafted by the Nationals in 2005, and the only …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Juan Soto, Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener

Juan Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and added a two-run double as the Washington Nationals tagged Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros 5-4 …


Left Out: Astros 1st World Series team minus lefty pitcher since 1903

Something was left out when the Houston Astros submitted their World Series roster. Namely, left-handed pitchers. For the first time since the very first World Series in 1903, a team …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

World Series notebook: Cy Young winners, 1st-rounders fill rotations

The starting rotations for the World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are filled with former Cy Young winners and first-round draft picks.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Houston Astros executive apologizes for Roberto Osuna comments; MLB to conduct interviews

The assistant general manager of the Houston Astros has apologized for using “inappropriate language” after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about …


Ascending Astros soar from baseball’s bottom to top

After losing 100 games in three straight seasons, the Houston Astros are in position to become the first team to win 100 in four consecutive years.


Long wait over for some Astros, Nationals at World Series

What a relief for Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith that manager AJ Hinch was only joking about his team’s makeup for the World Series.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

AJ Hinch blows whistle, calls signal suspicions ‘a joke’

Astros manager AJ Hinch is blowing his own whistle on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He’s had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

AJ Hinch: Astros will come off field if fans throw objects

Astros manager AJ Hinch says he will remove his team from the field if fans at Yankee Stadium again throw objects at Houston players.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Giancarlo Stanton still out, Aaron Hicks moved up to 3rd in Yanks’ order

Giancarlo Stanton remained out of the New York Yankees lineup for the third straight game and Aaron Hicks was moved up to third in the batting order for Game 4 …


Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to ‘beautiful place’

Rough as things were when Washington was 19-31 and people were wondering whether Nationals manager Dave Martinez was in over his head and might get fired, he never wavered. Just …


Yanks’ Aaron Boone defends catcher Gary Sanchez as ‘excellent’ defender

Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn’t sure Wednesday what his lineup for the next day’s Game 4 of the AL Championship Series would look like. Gary Sanchez will be behind the …


NLCS sweep puts damper on Cardinals’ 92-win season

From one corner of a sullen clubhouse came the glass half full view of the St. Louis Cardinals’ season. “People did not think we were going to be here,” veteran …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Yanks’ bullpen to be tested after rainout squeezes ALCS

Game 4 of the AL Championship Series scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because of rain in the forecast. The Houston Astros and New York Yankees will play Game …


Tipped off: Pitch-tipping paranoia haunting teams in October

A year after suspicions on sign stealing made headlines when a man associated with the Astros was caught pointing a cellphone into opposing dugouts, Houston is giving pitchers pause again, …


Cardinals implode in 1st inning, swept by Nationals in NLCS

Mike Shildt took the ball from Dakota Hudson and patted him on the back of the neck. Hudson was out of the game after recording one out on 15 pitches …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Wild-card Nationals head to World Series with sweep of Cards

Washington is heading to the World Series for the first time in 86 years after the wild-card Nationals used a seven-run first inning and Patrick Corbin’s 12-strikeout performance to beat …


Josh Reddick: Yankees fans ‘disrespectful’ for throwing debris

Houston Astros right fielder Josh Reddick called out Yankees fans for tossing water bottles, baseballs and other objects on the field during New York’s 4-1 loss in the AL Championship …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Gerrit Cole pitches Astros past Yankees 4-1 for 2-1 lead in ALCS

A gritty Gerrit Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory to …


Gerrit Cole trying to join list of great postseasons on mound

Even on a team with three stars in the starting rotation, Gerrit Cole has stood out in these playoffs.


Bronx Bombers are filled with fancy fielders, too

Of course, the Yankees are the Bronx Bombers. Turns out this group is filled with fancy fielders, too. “I don’t think they want the attention,” catcher Austin Romine said Thursday. …


Cards manager apologizes after curse-filled rant goes viral

A curse-filled clubhouse victory speech by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt that went viral after a player posted it on social media showed a different side to the usually …


From 106 wins to early defeat, Dodgers fall short again

It’s back to the drawing board – again – for the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose World Series title drought now extends to 31 years. This time, they didn’t even make …


Braves will need time to recover from latest playoff flop

One day later, Brian Snitker had shed his uniform but was still wearing the pain of yet another one-and-done postseason exit for the Atlanta Braves. “It’s going to take me …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Eric Sogard homers in 1st playoff start with Rays in ALDS finale

Eric Sogard homered in the first at-bat of his first start this postseason for Tampa Bay, going deep in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series at Houston …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

NLCS surprise: Top 2 teams out, leaving Cards vs Nats

With the top teams out of the mix, it’s on to a most unlikely matchup in the NL Championship Series. The St. Louis Cardinals are back in the NLCS for …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Yanks’ Aaron Hicks could return from elbow injury to start in ALCS

Aaron Hicks is an option to start for the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series opener and CC Sabathia also remains in contention for a roster spot.


MLB Leading Off: Gerrit Cole, Astros host Rays for spot in ALCS vs NYY

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