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Cubs Search For Manager Down To David Ross, Joe Espada

Oct 22, 2019 8:45 AM

The Chicago Cubs have been without a manager for more than three weeks, but the wait may soon be over.

Reports indicate that the search is down to a pair of candidates: David Ross and Joe Espada.

Ross played catcher for the club and is currently a special assistant.

Espada is the bench coach for the Houston Astros.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Hire Brian Barber As Director Of Amateur Scouting

Oct 23, 2019 10:36 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced the hiring of Brian Barber as Director of Amateur Scouting.

Barber, 46, will take over for Johnny Alamaraz, who voluntarily transitioned to a special assistant role with the organization after five years overseeing Philadelphia's drafts.

Barber was a first-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals as a right-handed pitcher in 1991.

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David Ross To Be Named Cubs Manager

Oct 23, 2019 10:33 AM

The Chicago Cubs will name David Ross as their new manager.

Ross has been negotiating a deal with the Cubs this week.

According to a report, the Cubs settled on Ross for the job on Tuesday afternoon.

David Kaplan/NBC Sports

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George Springer Homers In Record Fifth Straight World Series Game

Oct 23, 2019 10:30 AM

George Springer set a record Tuesday night when he homered in his fifth consecutive World Series game, a seventh-inning homer off Washington Nationals reliever Tanner Rainey.

Springer had homered in the final four games of the 2017 World Series for the Houston Astros, winning MVP honors in the process.

"I'd rather win," Springer said of the accomplishment following Houston's 5-4 loss in Game 1. "I mean, cool. Great. It's an honor ... but no doubt about it. I'd rather win."

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Tags: Houston Astros, Stats

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Recap: Nationals Take Game 1, Hand Gerrit Cole Rare Loss

Oct 23, 2019 10:26 AM

The Washington Nationals took Game 1 of the World Series over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night and handed Gerrit Cole a loss for the first time since May in the process.

The National League Champions tagged Cole for five runs over seven innings, scoring on him in three innings. Over 104 pitches, Cole struck out six and walked one.

Meanwhile, Max Scherzer stuck out seven over five innings. He allowed two runs on five hits.

With the Astros trailing 5-2 heading into the final third of the game, George Springer took things into his own hands. He homered in the seventh and notched an RBI double in the eighth to bring the club to within a run. With Springer on second and one out, Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley both lined out.

Houston went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth.

Cole had been on a 19-game winning streak that stretched back 25 starts.

Game 2 will feature Stephen Strasburg against Justin Verlander.

 

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Game Recap

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Astros Will Start Justin Verlander In Game 2; Zack Greinke In Game 3

Oct 22, 2019 8:41 AM

The Houston Astros have rounded out their rotation for the first three games of the World Series.

After Gerrit Cole takes the mound in Game 1, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke will follow.

As the Game 3 starter, Greinke will get to hit in the National League park.

He has a .225 career batting average with nine homers, including three this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks before he was traded to Houston on July 31.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Washington Nationals

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Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole To Face Off In Game 1

Oct 22, 2019 8:36 AM

The official starters for Game 1 of the World Series will be Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole.

Cole is on a streak of 19 straight winning decisions.

Scherzer is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 27 strikeouts in three starts and one relief appearance (20 innings) this postseason.

"I've been in the situation, faced really good pitchers here in the National League over the years: Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom, those guys," Scherzer said. "You just know you've got to come out there, you're going to be throwing up zeros. And you've got to try to match the intensity from your opponent. And Cole's had a terrific year. So obviously it's going to be one heck of a challenge."

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros

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Astros Assistant GM Taunts Three Female Reporters Over Roberto Osuna

Oct 21, 2019 9:41 PM

The Houston Astros controversially acquired Roberto Osuna following a domestic violence incident that led to a 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball.

Osuna gave up a two-run home run to tie Game 6 of the ALCS in the top of the ninth inning, but one staffer of the Astros taunted three female reporters in their clubhouse shortly after Jose Altuve hit the series-clinching home run.

Assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters and yelled half a dozen times “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!” One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet. 

The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another staffer of the Astros apologized. The franchise has declined to comment and declined to make Taubman available for an interview.

Stephanie Apstein/Sports Illustrated

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Freddie Freeman Undergoes Elbow Surgery

Oct 21, 2019 7:50 AM

Freddie Freeman played through an elbow injury late in the season and underwent surgery to fix the issue last Wednesday.

Freeman's right elbow joint was cleaned out during the procedure and he's expected to be ready for spring training with the Atlanta Braves.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

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Astros Made Decision To Save Gerrit Cole For Potential Game 7 Early On

Oct 21, 2019 7:47 AM

The Houston Astros didn't use Gerrit Cole in Game 6 of the ALCS because they made the decision earlier in the week to save him for a potential Game 7.

A weather postponement altered the pitching rotation's for both the Astros and New York Yankees.

If the Yankees had won Game 6 on Saturday night, Game 7 would have been on Sunday.

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Carlos Martinez Undergoes Right Shoulder Surgery

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Eric Cooper, Veteran MLB Umpire, Dies At 52

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Reliever Ryan Pressly Expects To Be Ready For World Series

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Aaron Judge Labels Yankees' Season 'A Failure'

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Astros Installed As Heavy World Series Favorites

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Astros' Jose Altuve Named ALCS MVP

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Recap: Jose Altuve's Walk-Off Puts Astros In World Series

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Astros To Start Brad Peacock, Yankees To Throw Chad Green In Game 6

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Bryce Harper Has No Jealousy Seeing Nationals In World Series

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Recap: Yankees Beat Justin Verlander, Force Game 6

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MLB Proposes Reducing Number Of Minor League Teams

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Both Astros And Yankees Plan To Feature Bullpen In Game 6

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James Paxton Pitches Yankees To Game 5 Win, Close To 3-2 In ALCS

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Recap: Astros Beat Yankees 8-3, Take 3-1 ALCS Lead

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Phillies Meet With Dusty Baker A Second Time

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Astros Power Past Yankees To Take 3-1 Series Lead

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Angels Hire Joe Maddon As Manager

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Padres Interview Bob Henley For Managerial Position

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Josh Reddick Calls Yankees Fans 'Disrespectful' For Throwing Debris

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Howie Kendrick: This Is 'Best Time Of My Career'

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