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Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Brosseau (43) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the baseball team's AL Division Series against the New York Yankees, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Bad-boy Astros, fun-loving Rays set to face off in ALCS

Oct. 10, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Managed by universally acclaimed good guy Dusty Baker, the Houston Astros remain villains in many people’s eyes for their sign-stealing scandal three years ago. The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, are a fun-loving bunch that makes the most of their small payroll, including the best...

Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson, left, walks to the dugout after striking out against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. At right is Astros catcher Martin Maldonado. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A's take step in playoffs, fall short of World Series goal

Oct. 9, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics took the next step in the playoffs at last but still fell short of their ultimate goal. They won the AL West to reach a postseason series following two straight years of losing in the one-game wild card round. Oakland lost the opener of its best-of-three...

Houston Astros' George Springer, left, celebrates with Carlos Correa after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Bang! Bang! Astros thump away vs Oakland, return to ALCS

Oct. 9, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after a sign-stealing scheme propelled the Astros to their first championship, Houston's star-studded lineup did little during the regular season to quiet criticism it could only hit when cheating. Back in the postseason, they're banging away as well as ever — no...

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke (21) walks to the dugout after being taken out for a relief pitcher by manager Dusty Baker Jr., center, during the fifth inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Greinke says he was changing sign sets, not signaling slider

Oct. 8, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke's achy right arm raised questions as he prepared to start Game 4 of Houston's AL Division Series. Once Thursday's game got going, everyone was wondering about his fingers, instead. Greinke held up two fingers as Oakland's Ramón Laureano dug in during the second inning,...

Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder, right, celebrates with manager Bob Melvin after the Athletics defeated the Houston Astros in Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Pinder's HR helps rally A's past Astros 9-7, trail ALDS 2-1

Oct. 8, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ramón Laureano sensed his teammates' energy dragging. They were down three runs with time running out to save their season. So the Oakland outfielder lit into them in the dugout during the sixth inning, getting so loud he was heard easily in mostly empty Dodger Stadium. And just in...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, left, and George Springer celebrate after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Springer hits 2 HRs, Astros beat A's 5-2 for 2-0 ALDS lead

Oct. 7, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Back-to-back home runs off back-to-back pitches. The Houston Astros can't miss these days. George Springer hit two homers and Houston kept making more noise in the playoffs, beating the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series. Martín Maldonado...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea walks to the dugout after being relieved during the fifth inning of Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

On the brink: Athletics find themselves in familiar spot

Oct. 6, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chad Pinder and the Oakland Athletics knew the Houston Astros were going to be a difficult opponent in the AL Division Series even after winning seven of 10 meetings during the regular season. With the Astros nearly back to full strength, the A's find themselves in a familiar playoff...

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, left, hugs relief pitcher Ryan Pressly after they defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Houston's young bullpen quickly maturing during postseason

Oct. 5, 2020 9:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Without the likes of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the Houston Astros need someone on staff to step up this October. Despite its youth and inexperience, the bullpen is doing plenty to fill the void. Astros relievers were shaky throughout the regular season but have been suddenly...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, left, celebrates with George Springer after they defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Correa, Springer rally Astros past A's 10-5 in ALDS opener

Oct. 5, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A home run derby broke out during a hot, dry day at Dodger Stadium, and suddenly the Houston Astros have their swing and swagger back. Carlos Correa homered twice and drove in four, Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead, two-run single during Houston's four-run sixth inning and the Astros rallied...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks (16) celebrates with manager Bob Melvin, center right, after the Athletics defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in Game 3 of an American League wild-card baseball series Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Astros and A's add pitching to AL Division Series rosters

Oct. 5, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oakland Athletics added pitcher Jordan Weems to their AL Division Series roster against the Houston Astros. The right-handed reliever made his major league debut on July 28 against Colorado, giving up two runs in four innings. He had a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings during the...