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Astros Installed As Heavy World Series Favorites

Oct 20, 2019 12:33 PM

The Houston Astros have been installed as the favorites over the Washington Nationals in the World Series.

Caesars Sportsbook on Sunday opened the Astros as -235 favorites to beat the Nationals in the best-of-seven series. The Nationals are listed as +195 underdogs.

Game 1 is Tuesday in Houston.

At -235, the Astros are the largest favorites entering the World Series since the 2007 Boston Red Sox were -240 to beat the Colorado Rockies, according to

Tags: Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Eric Cooper, Veteran MLB Umpire, Dies At 52

Oct 21, 2019 3:22 AM

Eric Cooper, a Major League Baseball umpire who worked the American League Division Series two weeks ago, has died. He was 52.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper's death Sunday.

Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father's home in Iowa. Popular with his fellow umps, he spoke with some of them Saturday about his recovery.

Cooper made his debut in the majors in 1996 as a minor league fill-in and joined the big league staff in 1999.

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Aaron Judge Labels Yankees' Season 'A Failure'

Oct 20, 2019 12:37 PM

A 103-win season, claiming the AL East for the first time since 2012, prevailing over an unprecedented rash of injuries and opening postseason play with a sweep of the Twins all meant nothing to the Yankees as they bowed out of the playoffs with a single swing from Jose Altuve off closer Aroldis Chapman.

"It's a failure," a dejected Aaron Judge said. "In spring training, we talked about winning the division and putting ourselves in a good spot in the postseason to win a World Series. We came up short. No matter how many games we won in the regular season or what else we did, this season is a failure."

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Reliever Ryan Pressly Expects To Be Ready For World Series

Oct 20, 2019 12:39 PM

Houston Astros reliever Ryan Pressly said he expects to be ready for the World Series after right-knee discomfort forced him from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

Tags: Houston Astros, Injury

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

Oct 20, 2019 12:50 AM

Jose Altuve came up big for the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Altuve hit a walk-off home run off Aroldis Chapman to give the Astros a 6-4 victory and put them in next week's World Series against the Washington Nationals.

The game only went to the bottom of the ninth because of D.J. LeMahieu's two-run homer to right in the top of the inning.

LeMahieu's blast went into the stands just pass the outstretched arm of George Springer.

With the series schedule altered by a postponement (rain) on Wednesday, both teams used a bullpen approach with the Yankees "starting" Chad Green and the Astros going with Brad Peacock. Green gave up a three-run home run to Yuli Gurriel in the first, while Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off of Peacock in the second.

Roberto Usuna, who blew the save when LeMahieu homered, got the win after striking out Aaron Judge and getting Gleyber Torres to fly out to left.

Altuve's home run came after Aroldis Chapman got Martin Maldonado to strike out, Josh Reddick popped out to third and Springer walked.

The Astros will host Game 1 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.


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Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Game Recap

Astros' Jose Altuve Named ALCS MVP

Oct 20, 2019 1:14 AM

Jose Altuve's walkoff home run sent the Houston Astros to the World Series on Saturday night and also clinched the AL Championship Series MVP for the veteran second baseman.

Altuve's two-run shot to left-center field with two outs in the ninth inning off New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman gave the Astros a 6-4 Game 6 win in Houston. Minutes later, Altuve was handed his first ALCS MVP award, a no-doubter given his ninth-inning theatrics.

Tags: Houston Astros, Personal Award

Bryce Harper Has No Jealousy Seeing Nationals In World Series

Oct 19, 2019 2:55 PM

Even though he'll be watching from afar rather than playing, Philadelphia Phillies mega-signing Bryce Harper says there is no jealousy that his former team, the Washington Nationals, is about to make its first World Series appearance.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

MLB Proposes Reducing Number Of Minor League Teams

Oct 19, 2019 2:14 AM

Major League Baseball is in negotiations with its minor league teams about efforts to "reorganize elements of the system" that could reduce the number of affiliated teams from 160 to 120, according to reports.

The current agreement between Major League Baseball and the minor league teams -- called the Professional Baseball Agreement -- expires at the end of the 2020 season. MLB is looking to make some major changes, according to reports, that would overhaul all levels of the minors, particularly at low Class A and below.

Baseball America was the first to report the proposal and detail the restructuring.

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

Oct 19, 2019 6:59 PM

The Astros will open Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night with right-hander Brad Peacock on the mound, while the New York Yankees will counter with righty Chad Green in a matchup of bullpens in Houston.

The Astros lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2.

Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Recap: Yankees Beat Justin Verlander, Force Game 6

Oct 19, 2019 7:44 AM

Facing elimination, the New York Yankees got to Justin Verlander early and kept the Houston Astros in check for a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS on Friday night.

All five of the game's runs were scored in the first inning as both pitching staffs settled down after a rocky start.

George Springer, who had reached on an infield single, scored on a wild pitch by James Paxton with one out. The Astros managed just four hits over the remaining eight innings.

D.J. LeMahieu homered to right to lead off the bottom of the inning for the Yankees to briefly tie the game. New York continued to tee off on Verlander, with Aaron Judge singling and Gleyber Torres doubling to left. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks homered to set the game's final score.

New York held on for the win despite recording just one more hit in the game.

Houston started a rally in the seventh when Springer singled and Jose Altuve walked with one out. However, Aaron Boone called on Zack Britton, who quickly got out of the inning.

Verlander's final line looked better than it began. He went seven innings, striking out nine and walking none.

James Paxton lasted six innings for the Yankees, striking out nine and walking four.

The clubs will play Game 6 back in Texas on Saturday night because of Game 4's postponement earlier this week. Both teams are expected to use a bullpen approach with Gerrit Cole looming for the Astros in a potential Game 7.



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Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Game Recap

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