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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, then-Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Pittsburgh. Joe Maddon has agreed to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager. Maddon and the Angels agreed to terms Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, on a deal to reunite the veteran manager with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 16, 2019 - 9:40 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon is back under the halo. Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former bench boss of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball...
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Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) reacts after making the play at first for the third out to end Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. The Astros won 4-1.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 16, 2019 - 2:12 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: WEATHER OR NOT A major storm was moving into the New York area, putting Game 4 of the AL Championship Series in peril. The Astros lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup after winning at Yankee Stadium 4-1 on Tuesday. The teams are scheduled to play...
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The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-4 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 15, 2019 - 10:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was merely the first inning, yet fans kept rising out of their seats to applaud or yell or twirl their red towels, to chant "Let's go, Nats!" and "M-V-P!" and various players' names, enjoying every moment of a seven-run outburst that would, eventually, propel their city to its...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 15, 2019 - 9:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole is making his pitch to own this October. A gritty Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. Altuve and...
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New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius reacts after flying out with two runners on baser to end the fifth inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 15, 2019 - 9:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius turned on a first-pitch fastball from Gerrit Cole with two on and two outs in the fifth inning and sent it soaring toward the right-field seats. The crowd at Yankee Stadium rose and roared, hoping for a go-ahead drive. "I think every flyball in 2019 is a homer,"...
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New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton throws in the outfield before Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 15, 2019 - 1:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks returned to the New York Yankees' starting lineup on Tuesday for the first time since Aug. 3 and Giancarlo Stanton remained out for the second straight game when the AL Championship Series resumed with the Yankees and Astros tied 1-all. Hicks took over in center field...
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Houston Astros Game 3 starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws on the field at Yankee Stadium, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in New York, after the team arrived to prepare for the American League Championship Series which continues Tuesday against the New York Yankees. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 15, 2019 - 10:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole walked into a conference room after one of his first spring training workouts with the Houston Astros in February 2018 and was met by about 10 people. "There was charts, video, matching charts," Cole recalled. "It was all new then, but it's pretty straightforward to me...
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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez gives a thumbs up after Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 8-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the series.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 15, 2019 - 1:48 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: CAPITAL GAINS Patrick Corbin can pitch the Nationals to their first pennant when Washington goes for a four-game sweep of slumping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series. The $140 million lefty starts at home against Cardinals rookie Dakota...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 14, 2019 - 10:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals' struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington moved one win from the city's first World Series appearance in 86 years by beating St. Louis 8-1...
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Washington Nationals' Victor Robles hits a single during the third inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 14, 2019 - 8:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Victor Robles was back in the Nationals' lineup for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series after missing the previous five games with a hamstring injury. Robles started in center field and batted eighth Monday night with Washington looking to take a 3-0 lead over the St. Louis...
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