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October

13
Houston Astros finish off Chicago White Sox to reach 5th straight ALCS as Tony La Russa fumes over ‘intentional’ Jose Abreu plunking

The Houston Astros advanced to their fifth consecutive American League Championship Series on Tuesday by defeating the Chicago White Sox 10-1 in Game 4 of their best-of-five division series matchup. The Astros are the third team ever to appear in five consecutive league championship series, and first to do so since the Atlanta Braves reached eight straight from 1991 to 1999. For the second time in five days, Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. held the White Sox’s offense in check, giving up just a solo home run, to designated hitter Gavin Sheets, in the second inning. But McCullers left the game after four innings due to right forearm tightness. His […]

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March

10
Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg K’s 4 in 6 batters in first appearance since surgery

Stephen Strasburg pronounced his fastball command better than it was before his carpal tunnel surgery and stated his first game action in nearly seven full months essentially was the same as any other Grapefruit League debut after throwing 1 2/3 innings Tuesday night versus the Houston Astros. “It didn’t really feel any different than it has in past springs, so I guess, in a way, that’s a relief,” said the 2019 World Series MVP, who made just two starts and pitched only five innings in 2020. In 2019, he led the National League with 209 innings and 18 wins, then went 5-0 […]

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February

23
Carlos Correa open to long-term contract with Houston Astros, if done before season starts

If the Houston Astros want to sign shortstop Carlos Correa to a long-term deal, he says they need to do it before Opening Day. “I feel so good, my body feels so great and I feel like I’m going to have such a great season that once the season starts, I don’t want to be involved with or distracted with those conversations,” Correa stated Monday after the Astros held their first full-squad workout of the spring. The Astros avoided arbitration with Correa, who can become a free agent at the end of the season, by signing him to a one-year, $11.7 million contract. […]

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January

21
J.A. Happ, Minnesota Twins agree to deal

Veteran left-hander J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year deal, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $8 million, according to multiple reports. Happ, a free agent, will stay in the American League after spending the past two-and-a-half seasons with the New York Yankees. He will join a Minnesota rotation that incorporates Kenta Maeda, Jose Berrios and Michael Pineda, a group that will look to help the Twins to a third consecutive AL Central title this season. Minnesota finished third in the AL last season with a team ERA of 3.58. Happ will be just the second offseason […]

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October

19
Tampa Bay reached World series after defeating Houston Astros

The Tampa Bay Rays clinched the American League pennant with a triumph over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday night (TB 4, HOU 2). Tampa led the series 3-0, but the Astros forced Game 7 with wins in Games 4, 5, and 6. The 2004 Red Sox can pop the champagne. They are still the only team in MLB history to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. Charlie Morton shut down his former team in Game 7, holding the Astros scoreless through 5 2/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen. […]

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October

13
Tampa Bay Rays take game 2 against Astros, lead 2-0

Two games in a row now, the difference in the Tampa Bay Rays defeating the Houston Astros in the ALCS has come down to one play. The Rays, as anybody who has watched them this campaign know, make plays. The Astros, in what sealed their fate in Game 2 on Monday, did not. One play — one throw in fact — was what spelled defeat for the Astros this time. Jose Altuve shorted a throw to first base in the first inning. Yuli Gurriel couldn’t dig it out. An easy third out turned into another opportunity for the Rays with two runners on base. And […]

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October

12
Tampa Bay Rays rely on bullpen depth in another one-run win to open ALCS

After his team locked up yet another one-run victory by beating the Houston Astros 2-1 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash wouldn’t attribute that success to anything but bullpen depth. “Our analytical guys might think they’re lucky or fluky, but, no, I don’t think that,” Cash said after the Rays improved to 16-5 in one-run games this season, including the playoffs. That .762 winning percentage in such contests is the best of any team in baseball history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. After the Rays overcame an early 1-0 deficit, Tampa Bay […]

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April

23
MLB suspends Alex Cora for conduct with Astros

On Wednesday, commissioner Rob Manfred released his report detailing MLB’s investigation into the 2018 Red Sox. The Red Sox were said to have illegally stolen signs that season — a World Series championship season — and Manfred’s report affirmed those suspicions. Video replay operator J.T. Watkins was found to have used video to illegally steal signs in real time. “I find that J.T. Watkins, the Red Sox video replay system operator, on at least some occasions during the 2018 regular season, utilized the game feeds in the replay room, in violation of MLB regulations, to revise sign sequence information that […]

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April

16
Astros’ Justin Verlander resumes throwing after groin surgery

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has resumed throwing as he recuperates from March groin surgery. Houston manager Dusty Baker stated Wednesday that Verlander, who had surgery on March 17, is “doing great” and is throwing as he continues his rehabilitation. Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. His first start was delayed until March 3 due to discomfort in his right groin. He made two starts pitching 4 2/3 innings with a 3.86 ERA. Verlander left his second start on March 8 with a mild strain of a back muscle and said at the time that it would […]

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April

02
AJ Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspension fulfilled in 2020 even if MLB season canceled

Even if the 2020 MLB season is shortened or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it reportedly wouldn’t affect the suspension status of former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. Both Hinch and Luhnow were suspended for one year by MLB because of their roles in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. And according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, sources have reported that they will get credit for serving their one-year suspensions even if the 2020 season doesn’t happen. Shortly after MLB announced their suspensions, Hinch and Luhnow were fired by the Astros. If Olney’s report is accurate, it […]

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