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‘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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Royals hire ex-Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny as manager

The Kansas City Royals have hired Mike Matheny as manager. The 49-year-old Matheny was manager of the cross-state St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-18.


Stephen Strasburg goes from shutdown to World Series MVP

The shutdown that shook baseball paid off for Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. It just took seven seasons.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Washington Nationals rally for first World Series championship in franchise history

Howie Kendrick and Anthony Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Washington Nationals overcame a two-run deficit, rocking the Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Former Spokane Indians player, Seattle Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly dies at age 81

With an unmistakable style featuring a self-deprecating sense of humor and unique voice, Ron Fairly was a distinctive presence on the Seattle Mariners radio and television broadcasts for 14 seasons.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals top Astros 7-2, force World Series Game 7

Stephen Strasburg pitched into the ninth inning, Anthony Rendon had five RBIs and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 7-2 to force the World Series to a deciding Game …


Nelson Cruz’s $12 million option for next season exercised by Twins

Nelson Cruz’s $12 million option for next season has been exercised by the Minnesota Twins. The 39-year-old designated hitter agreed in January to a contract with a $14 million salary …


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.


Pirates president looks to ‘crack the code,’ build a winner

The new president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is confident owner Bob Nutting is committed to winning.


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

World Series: There’s no place like the other guy’s home

This is the first time the road team has won the first five games since 1996, when the Braves rocked the New York Yankees by a combined 16-1 in two …


Justin Verlander, Astros can clinch World Series with home win

Justin Verlander has an 0-5 career record in the World Series but he gets a chance to make everyone forget about all of that when he starts Game 6 for …


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.


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.