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CORRECTS TO THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2020, NOT TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2020 - Houston Astros Carlos Correa is hugged by Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. after his walk off home run during the ninth inning in Game 5 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in San Diego. The Astros defeated the Rays 4-3 and the Rays lead the series 3-2 games. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
October 15, 2020 - 8:03 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Before Carlos Correa headed to the plate in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the AL Championship Series, he told Dusty Baker, “Walkoff." The 71-year-old manager replied, “Go ahead, man," and then said a quick prayer to his father and brother. If the Houston Astros had been forced to...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Austin Meadows tosses his helmet after flying out during the ninth inning in Game 5 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 15, 2020 - 6:41 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Except for an occasional homer, the Tampa Bay Rays’ offense has fallen largely silent on the brink of the World Series. For all their superb pitching, sublime defense, tactical innovation and relentless cheerleading from the dugout, the Rays might not go any farther if they can’t...
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw talks with home plate umpire Cory Blaser during the first inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 15, 2020 - 6:37 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Atlanta's Freddie Freeman and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw apparently had trouble seeing early in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series because of windy conditions in a stadium with a retractable roof. Major League Baseball said it wanted to keep the roof...
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Members of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredo, a binational professional baseball team with home stadiums in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas, stand for the U.S. National Anthem before a game in 2019 in Laredo, Texas in a scene from "Bad Hombres." The Showtime documentary follows this AAA Mexican League baseball team that plays on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border amid the tension around migration, divisive politics, and environmental concerns. (Showtime via AP)
October 15, 2020 - 7:42 am
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — People have always crossed borders to play baseball, and the sport routinely reaches across borders to fans. But rarely do players have to cross a border almost every day to participate in a game they love while dodging the tensions and rhetoric around this imaginary line...
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works out before Game 3 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 14, 2020 - 11:36 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ BACK IN? Clayton Kershaw could pitch Game 4 of the NL Championship Series for the Dodgers if the left-hander’s back continues to improve. Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start because of back spasms, and manager Dave Roberts...
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works out before Game 3 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 14, 2020 - 10:29 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday: ___ BACK IN? Clayton Kershaw could start Game 4 of the NL Championship Series for the Dodgers if the left-hander’s back continues to improve. Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start because of back spasms, and manager Dave Roberts...
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Houston Astros George Springer hits a two run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
October 14, 2020 - 10:24 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — José Altuve and the Houston Astros are eager to match the 2004 Boston Red Sox in the history books. Beating the Tampa Bay Rays three more times to reach the World Series won't be easy, but the Astros believe they can do it. George Springer broke a tie with a two-run homer, Altuve...
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Cristian Pache watches a home run ball by Los Angeles Dodgers Edwin Rios during the first inning in Game 3 of a baseball National League Championship Series Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 14, 2020 - 7:47 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Baby Braves were the Battered Braves in their first loss of these playoffs. Now the young pitchers who had been so poised and effective in the postseason will have to try to get Atlanta back on track. Rookie starter Kyle Wright and the Braves gave up a postseason-record...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy (13) celebrates his grand slam home run during the first inning in Game 3 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
October 14, 2020 - 7:32 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Max Muncy's grand slam capped a record-setting 11-run first inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who coasted to a 15-3 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night that cut their National League Championship Series deficit to 2 games to 1. The slam by Muncy off Grant Dayton...
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Los Angeles Dodgers Edwin Rios celebrates his home run with Joc Pederson against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning in Game 3 of a baseball National League Championship Series Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 14, 2020 - 4:19 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Max Muncy hit a grand slam to cap an 11-run first inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, the highest-scoring inning ever in a postseason game. The 11 runs came against the Atlanta Braves, who were also on the wrong side of matching the...
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