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UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Jose Altuve’s home run in 9th sends Astros to World Series over Yankees

Jose Altuve homered off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 to advance to the World Series for …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks lift Yankees over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS

DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks stunned Justin Verlander with first-inning home runs, James Paxton made the lead stand up and the New York Yankees beat Houston 4-1, cutting the Astros’ …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Astros power past Yankees for 3-1 ALCS lead, Justin Verlander up next

George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run home runs, and the Houston Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the sloppy New York Yankees 8-3 and …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka lead Yankees over Astros 7-0 in ALCS opener

Gleyber Torres kept up his October surge with a homer and five RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka polished his playoff resume and the New York Yankees blanked the Houston Astros 7-0 Saturday …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Gerrit Cole, Astros beat Rays 6-1 in ALDS Game 5; Yankees next

Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 to set up …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

Rays chase Justin Verlander early, beat Astros 4-1 to even ALDS

Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, Tommy Pham also went deep and the Tampa Bay Rays chased Justin Verlander early in beating the Houston Astros …


Didi Gregorius, Yankees stagger Twins again, lead ALDS 2-0

Didi Gregorius hooked a slump-busting grand slam during a seven-run third inning and the New York Yankees pummeled the Minnesota Twins again, cruising to an 8-2 victory for a 2-0 …


Gerrit Cole fans 15, Alex Bregman homers as Astros top Rays 3-1

Gerrit Cole carried his splendid September into an outstanding October and Alex Bregman handed fans chanting MVP the mighty swing they craved and the Houston Astros survived a wild ninth …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

AL Wild Card: Yandy Diaz homers twice to power Tampa Bay past Oakland

Yandy Diaz slugged baseball’s lowest spender into a matchup with mighty Houston, Charlie Morton silenced the powerful Athletics on the mound, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Oakland at its …


AL Wild Card preview: Low-budget Rays, Athletics meet in Oakland

The Oakland Athletics vowed to build on last season’s playoff return that ended in a lopsided wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019

American League finds perfect pitch in 4-3 victory over National League in MLB All-Star Game

Justin Verlander, Shane Bieber and the American League pitchers plugged power back into the mound.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

American League Central preview: Cleveland Indians again look like team to beat

Previews of the teams in the American League Central


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

American League East preview: Red Sox, Yankees teams to beat

Previews of the teams in the American League East


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

American League West preview: Houston Astros have sights set on another trip to World Series

Previews of the teams in the American League West


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

After World Series win with Astros, Boston manager Alex Cora aims to knock them out

After vanquishing the hated Yankees, Alex Cora has another, perhaps even more personal fight in front of him. The first-year Red Sox manager will lead Boston against his former team …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Aaron Judge’s first-inning homer launches New York Yankees to win in American League wild-card game

Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer in the first inning, Luis Severino atoned for flopping in his postseason debut last year and the New York Yankees …


Luis Severino to start American League wild-card game for New York Yankees again

Luis Severino will start the A.L. wild-card game for the New York Yankees for the second straight year. Yankees manager Aaron Boone made the announcement a day before the game …


Seeking relief, Oakland Athletics to start Liam Hendriks in A.L. wild-card game

Reliever Liam Hendriks will start for the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday night’s A.L. wild-card game against the New York Yankees. Hendriks was designated for assignment in June and cleared waivers, …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018

Robinson Cano returns but Mariners lose James Paxton in 3-2 defeat to Oakland

Mariners ace James Paxton had X-rays on his injured forearm, which came back negative. He was diagnosed with a “left forearm contusion.” Meanwhile, the M’s fell 3-2 against rival Oakland.


Larry Stone: Robinson Cano’s return energizes the Mariners, but they’ll also need to adjust

Robinson Cano’s eagerly-anticipated return from his suspension could spark the Mariners to a playoff push. Or it could mess up their chemistry. It also begs many questions: Where will be …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Analysis: The Mariners are on pace to make the playoffs. But … how?

The Mariners don’t wow you with statistical dominance. Their offense is about average, which was unexpected. Their pitching has been better than average – also unexpected. So how did they …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018

As MLB mulls rule changes, union hints at work stoppage

Major League Baseball wants a broad discussion with players about rule changes to combat decreased offense and longer games. That initiative is likely to be met by a testy union …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018

Record 10 homers as American League wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Ross Stripling to start the 10th inning, part of a record 10 long balls …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

King Again: Hernandez starts strong as M’s top Indians 2-1

Felix Hernandez pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Seattle Mariners opened the season with a 2-1 …


Shohei Ohtani to make MLB pitching debut Sunday for Angels

Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to make his major league pitching debut Sunday when he starts for the Los Angeles Angels in their fourth game of the season at …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018

Pitching staff will likely determine the success of Mariners’ season

The Mariners have the longest playoff drought in the four major sports, meaning there is an urgency to finally end the skid. They appear to be an average ballclub at …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018

Analysis: Poor past decisions could come back to haunt Seattle Mariners this season

As another major-league baseball season draws near, it is past time for Seattle Mariners fans and readers to face some unpleasant facts.


Boston’s Chris Sale will make first postseason start against Houston’s playoff veteran Justin Verlander

Houston manager A.J. Hinch loves that Justin Verlander, his starter for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, has a ton of …


Edwin Encarnacion’s 11th-inning home run lifts Jays over Orioles, into ALDS

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning off Ubaldo Jimenez, and Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in Tuesday night’s A.L. wild-card game to advance …


MVP Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez lift A.L. to All-Star win, World Series home field

Eric Hosmer stood in the middle of the field, holding up a trophy. He hopes to do it again with the Kansas City Royals this fall.