MLB Playoffs

FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) watches batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Kansas City Royals have hired Matheny as manager on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The 49-year-old Matheny was manager of the cross-state Cardinals from 2012-18, going 591-474 and becoming the first manager to reach the postseason his first four seasons. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
October 31, 2019 - 1:40 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Matheny walked through the doors of Kauffman Stadium a year ago to take a job as a special adviser with the Kansas City Royals, an out-of-the-spotlight position that allowed him to take stock of his career and his shortcomings. He had been fired by the Cardinals earlier...
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The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 6-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 31, 2019 - 2:23 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound. Almost out of contention in May, champs in October. Howie...
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Washington Nationals celebrates after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 6-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
October 30, 2019 - 11:48 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — What a comeback for the Washington Nationals. The team that was 12 games under .500 before the end of May is now the World Series champion. The Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday night, when they were down 2-0 after six innings. It was Washington's fifth comeback win...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of Game 6 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Mike Ehrmann, Pool)
October 30, 2019 - 1:09 am
HOUSTON (AP) — It's been an unconventional road to Game 7 of the World Series for Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. Seizing the October spotlight he missed out on as a youngster, Strasburg pitched another postseason gem into the ninth inning Tuesday night as the Nationals beat the...
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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez has to be restrained after being ejected for arguing an interference call during the seventh inning of Game 6 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 29, 2019 - 8:15 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series (all times local): 10:07 p.m. Washington manager Dave Martinez has been ejected after a volatile argument in which he was physically restrained from getting at umpire crew chief Gary Cederstrom. The trouble started in the top of the seventh...
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Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel, left, forces out Washington Nationals' Trea Turner at first to end the seventh inning of Game 4 of the baseball World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 26, 2019 - 8:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 4 of the World Series (all times local): 11:37 p.m. Brad Peacock worked a scoreless eighth inning and the Houston Astros are three outs away from evening the World Series at 2-2. The Astros lead the Washington Nationals 8-1 in Game 4. If Houston wins, it would...
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October 24, 2019 - 8:32 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have hired former catcher David Ross to replace Joe Maddon as their manager, hoping he can help them get back to the playoffs after missing out for the first since 2014. The Cubs announced Thursday a three-year deal with Ross with a club option for the 2023 season...
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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto celebrates with Ryan Zimmerman after scoring on a hit by Asdrubal Cabrera during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 23, 2019 - 8:28 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local): 10:21 p.m. Things only got worse for the Astros after Justin Verlander left. Verlander gave up Kurt Suzuki's tiebreaking homer to lead off the seventh and was done after walking Victor Robles. In came reliever Ryan Pressly, whose...
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Houston Astros' Alex Bregman reacts after striking out during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 23, 2019 - 4:09 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The chants of "M-V-P!, M-V-P!" still break out from the crowd each time Alex Bregman comes to the plate at home for the Houston Astros. After 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...
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Houston Astros' George Springer hits an RBI double during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 22, 2019 - 11:35 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — 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. Game 1 featured a pair of starting pitchers who were first-round draft picks — and so will Game 2. Two of the hurlers...
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