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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five American League Division Series baseball game in Houston, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 04, 2019 - 5:39 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander looked every bit the October ace, Jose Altuve polished his postseason resume and the Houston Astros kept rolling, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Friday to open their AL Division Series. The Astros, who won a franchise-record 107 games for the best record in the...
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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios walks the field Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The New York Yankees will host the Twins in the first game of an American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 04, 2019 - 2:44 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: TEEING OFF Yankee Stadium will be the site when the teams that hit the most home runs in history start their AL Division Series. Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler and the Minnesota Twins set the major league single-season record with 307 homers this year...
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of Game 1 of a baseball National League Divisional Series on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 04, 2019 - 12:48 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walker Buehler allowed one hit over six innings, Max Muncy drove in three runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers capitalized on mistakes to beat the Washington Nationals 6-0 in Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Thursday night. Buehler struck out eight, walked three and retired his...
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) runs to first base after a hit against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five National League Division Series, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
October 03, 2019 - 10:52 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — In a one-run playoff loss, Ronald Acuña Jr.’s lack of hustle was the obvious mistake the Atlanta Braves couldn’t afford. Acuña failed to run out a long flyball to right field in the seventh inning of the Braves’ 7-6 loss to St. Louis in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday...
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St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate St. Louis Cardinals Marcell Ozuna hit of a two RBI double in the ninth inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Scott Cunningham)
October 03, 2019 - 9:53 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild finish to extend Atlanta’s postseason misery, holding off the Braves 7-6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night. The Cardinals, back...
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks out from the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 03, 2019 - 6:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mickey Callaway went 11-1 in his first 12 games as manager of the New York Mets. After that, nothing ever seemed to go smoothly for him again. Following more than a year of near-constant speculation about his job security, Callaway was fired Thursday by the Mets after missing the...
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New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton talks to reporters at a news conference before a workout at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in New York. The Yankees will host the Minnesota Twins in the first game of an American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 03, 2019 - 6:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton will start the New York Yankees’ AL Division Series opener against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, and 39-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia will not be included on the roster because of a sore pitching shoulder. Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA), a 30-year-old left-hander in...
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge talks to reporters during a news conference at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in New York. The Yankees will host the Minnesota Twins in the first game of an American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 03, 2019 - 4:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge showed up at his news conference wearing a T-shirt with a Major League Baseball logo. Just not the logo that’s been familiar for the past half-century. On closer inspection, the silhouetted batter in white between fields of blue and red was not in a hitting position as...
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St. Louis Cardinals players gather before a baseball team workout Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves will host the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of a National League Division Series on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Amis)
October 03, 2019 - 12:07 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves will have three players picked up cheaply during the season on the NL Division Series roster, while the St. Louis Cardinals are going with five rookies on their 25-man squad. Outfielder Billy Hamilton, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría and catcher Francisco Cervelli...
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Members of the Washington Nationals practice for Game 1 of the NLDS baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
October 03, 2019 - 3:29 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aces galore on the mound. Power hitters in the lineups. Hard-throwing relievers out of the bullpen. The National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers is a perfect fit for Hollywood. There are stars all over the field. Having won a...
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