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World Series notebook: With no DH, no guarantee Yordan Alvarez in Astros lineup for Game 3

Even though rookie Yordan Alvarez is one of the Houston Astros’ hottest hitters in the World Series, there’s no guarantee he will be in the lineup for Game 3.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Astros fire Brandon Taubman over clubhouse incident with reporters

The Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters following Houston’s pennant-winning victory over the New York Yankees last weekend.


A century after Black Sox, baseball cheating goes high-tech

A century after the Black Sox scandal that tarnished the World Series and ushered in major changes in baseball, the notion that millionaire ballplayers would take money to throw a …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Anibal Sanchez starts for Nats in World Series after 13 days’ rest

Anibal Sanchez is not as highly touted, or as highly paid, as the three members of the Washington Nationals’ starting staff who already have pitched in this World Series. All …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Nationals return to Washington with 2-0 World Series lead over Houston

The Washington Nationals hold a 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros in the World Series after two wins on the road.


Will ‘Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo’ do Series debut?

The “Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo” earworm might just be coming to a World Series near you, if Washington Nationals backup outfielder Gerardo Parra heads to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Astros issue 1st intentional walk, Nats bust loose in Game 2

At this rate, AJ Hinch might never issue another intentional walk the rest of his life. Hard to blame the Houston manager for his decision Wednesday night, and the mess …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Ailing Kurt Suzuki delivers big swing as Nats near title

Kurt Suzuki is beat up physically, with a sore back and other ailments after grinding behind the plate from spring training through late October.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Astros’ Justin Verlander 1st pitcher to go 0-5 in World Series

Justin Verlander dropped to 0-5 in World Series games Wednesday night as the Washington Nationals pounded the Houston Astros 12-3 for a 2-0 series lead.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Stephen Strasburg stars as Nationals rout Astros 12-3 for 2-0 World Series lead

Stephen Strasburg’s time had come and he delivered on the biggest stage of all to give the Washington Nationals a 12-3 win over the Houston Astros for a 2-0 lead …


Rob Manfred discounts drop in home runs during postseason

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred discounts the drop in home runs during the postseason and expects to receive a new report from scientists on baseballs by the end of the year.


Late call: George Springer phones AJ Hinch, rehashes baserunning play

Before going to sleep, George Springer wanted to put to bed what happened on the bases. So the Astros star phoned manager AJ Hinch well after a 5-4 loss to …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

World Series notebook: Alex Bregman 2-run homer breaks postseason slump but Astros lose

After Alex Bregman struck out three times while going 0 for 4 with a walk in Game 1 of the World Series, including two strikeouts with runners on base in …


AJ Hinch tweaks Astros’ lineup for Game 2 against Nationals

Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch has made a couple of tweaks to his lineup for Game 2 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Paul Newberry: Astros have shown disdain for media over and over

There’s no cheering – or jeering – in the press box. Impartiality should be the guiding tenet of any journalist. Yet, the Houston Astros are making it really, really tough …


Astros reliever Josh James uses mental training to succeed

Josh James slowly walks slightly off the mound, turns around and fixes his gaze on the foul pole in right field. A few seconds pass before the hard-throwing Houston Astros …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Very complex: Nats, Astros share spring site, meet in Series

Asked how his Washington Nationals figured out Gerrit Cole in the World Series opener, Juan Soto didn’t have to look far for an answer. “I’m glad I face him in …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Max-imum effort: Max Scherzer, Nats wiggle to win Series opener

He could have been Mad Max on a night his best was missing. Instead, he fenced and fought, shuffled and juggled. And so did the Washington Nationals bullpen.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Gerrit Cole’s streak ends as Nats rough up Astros ace in Game 1

Gerrit Cole trudged slowly off the mound, wiped the sweat from his upper lip and took a handshake and pat on the backside from manager AJ Hinch.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Ryan Zimmerman full circle with HR trot for Nats in World Series

Ryan Zimmerman has come full circle, with a trot around the bases for the Washington Nationals. The first amateur player ever drafted by the Nationals in 2005, and the only …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Juan Soto, Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener

Juan Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and added a two-run double as the Washington Nationals tagged Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros 5-4 …


Left Out: Astros 1st World Series team minus lefty pitcher since 1903

Something was left out when the Houston Astros submitted their World Series roster. Namely, left-handed pitchers. For the first time since the very first World Series in 1903, a team …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

World Series notebook: Cy Young winners, 1st-rounders fill rotations

The starting rotations for the World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are filled with former Cy Young winners and first-round draft picks.


Ascending Astros soar from baseball’s bottom to top

After losing 100 games in three straight seasons, the Houston Astros are in position to become the first team to win 100 in four consecutive years.


Long wait over for some Astros, Nationals at World Series

What a relief for Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith that manager AJ Hinch was only joking about his team’s makeup for the World Series.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Hot Gerrit Cole, Astros face Max Scherzer, Nationals in World Series opener

Gerrit Cole enters this matchup against fellow ace Max Scherzer at 19-0 in his past 25 starts, including three wins in the playoffs. No pitcher has ever won 20 in …


Capital hill: Astros, Nationals rely on rotations in World Series

Gerrit Cole is set to throw the first pitch of the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston. He led the majors with 326 strikeouts, was second to Verlander in …


Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to ‘beautiful place’

Rough as things were when Washington was 19-31 and people were wondering whether Nationals manager Dave Martinez was in over his head and might get fired, he never wavered. Just …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Seattle Mariners now stand alone – as only Major League Baseball team never to reach World Series

As Washington Nationals players raucously celebrated their dominant National League Championship Series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, the franchise failures of the Seattle Mariners gained a new level of …


There from the start for Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman in 1st Series

Ryan Zimmerman has been through it all with the Washington Nationals and now he will get to play in the franchise’s first World Series – and the first for any …