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The Latest: Nats narrow Astros lead after Zimmerman homer

Oct. 22, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local): 8:00 p.m. The first player ever drafted by the Washington Nationals hit the team's first World Series home run. Ryan Zimmerman, picked by the Nationals in 2005 and the only player to wear their uniform all 15 seasons, hit a 413-foot homer to...

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

Oct. 22, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — 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 has no lefties on its Fall Classic staff. Instead, Houston has 12 pitchers, all right-handers. Lefties? Shut...

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

Oct. 22, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — 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. Game 1 featured a pair of starting pitchers who were first-round draft picks — and so will Game 2. Two of the hurlers...

Astros executive apologizes, MLB to conduct interviews

Oct. 22, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The assistant general manager of the Houston Astros apologized Tuesday for using "inappropriate language" after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about closer Roberto Osuna during a clubhouse celebration. Brandon Taubman released a...

Phillies hire Yankees' Barber as amateur scouting director

Oct. 22, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have hired Brian Barber to be director of amateur scouting. Barber spent the last 18 seasons with the New York Yankees. He was an area scout (2002-06), East Coast crosschecker (2007-09) and national crosschecker (2010-19). Crosscheckers are scouts who provide second...

Ascending Astros soar from baseball's bottom to top

Oct. 22, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — 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. A core of José Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and George Springer has been supplemented with stud starting pitchers Justin Verlander,...

NFL At 100-AP Was There-Super Bowl I

Oct. 22, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

As part of its celebration of its 100th season, the NFL is designating a Game of the Week, each chosen to highlight a classic matchup. For this week, it is the first Super Bowl between the NFL champion Green Bay Packers and AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs. To mark each Game of the Week, the AP will be reprinting...

Devenski replaces Abreu on Astros' roster for World Series

Oct. 22, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Devenski replaced Bryan Abreu on the Houston Astros' World Series roster against the Washington Nationals in a swap of right-handed pitchers. A right-hander who turns 29 next month, Devenski has not pitched in a game since Sept. 29, the last day of the regular season. He made five...

Long wait over for some Astros, Nationals at World Series

Oct. 22, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — 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. "I would bring (him) in my office and pretend like he's not going to make the roster, just to get a reaction from him, and he wouldn't buy it," Hinch said....

So bad for so long, does DC stand for District of Champions?

Oct. 22, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Sean Doolittle and the rest of the Nationals geared up for Washington's first World Series appearance in 86 years, the lefty reliever thought back to when he first joined the team in a 2017 trade. The attitude, he found, was not exactly reflective of a win-big mindset, much like the...