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The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 2-1 in Game 5 of a baseball AL Division Series, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Rays-Yankees get most viewers during Division Series

Oct. 16, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees drew the five-most watched games of the Division Series, boosted by prime-time start times. Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win in Game 5 on Oct. 9 was the most-watched game of the round, averaging 3,723,000 viewers on TBS, the network said Friday. Among the...

The Houston Astros watch the top of the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Astros' big bats go silent in ALCS opener loss to Tampa Bay

Oct. 12, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — After the Houston Astros bashed the ball all over Dodger Stadium for the past week, they found it a whole lot harder to slug when they moved a couple of hours down the coast for the AL Championship Series. Tampa Bay limited the Astros' star-studded lineup to nine hits — but just one...

Robert Eenhoorn, CEO of soccer club AZ Alkmaar, stands inside AFAS Stadium in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, Sept. 30, 2020. Despite a small budget, Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar has a knack for identifying and developing young talent and then selling them for big profits, all while competing with top teams like Ajax. (AP Photo/Ken Maguire)

Dutch double play: Soccer club, Billy Beane team up

Oct. 9, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

ALKMAAR, Netherlands (AP) — Like Billy Beane, Robert Eenhoorn knows all about baseball expectations. The Dutchman was a high draft pick who never made it big on the field — losing his job, in fact, to none other than Derek Jeter. And like Beane did with the Oakland Athletics, Eenhoorn oversees a...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. signals as he walks to the mound to change pitchers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Good guy Dusty Baker guides reviled Houston Astros into ALCS

Oct. 9, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there’s a universally recognized good guy among the generally reviled Houston Astros, it’s Dusty Baker. At 71, he’s the first manager to lead five different franchises to the postseason, but is still chasing his first World Series title at the helm. The Astros...

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' Josh Reddick reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Baker doesn't have many options for Astros Game 4 starter

Oct. 7, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dusty Baker wanted his Houston Astros to knock out the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday so his team could get rest and maintain momentum. Houston's 9-7 loss in Game 3 of the AL Division Series gave the A's another chance. Baker is 3-13 in potential postseason close-out games in five- and...

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...