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San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth watches his solo home run during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the team's National League wild-card baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Baseball Digest picks Cronenworth, Lewis as rookies of year

Nov. 5, 2020 9:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego infielder Jake Cronenworth and Seattle outfielder Kyle Lewis have been chosen as rookies of the year by Baseball Digest. The magazine made the announcement Thursday. Cronenworth won the NL honor. Traded from Tampa Bay to the Padres last December, he hit .285 and helped San Diego...

San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth watches his solo home run during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the team's National League wild-card baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Baseball Digest picks Cronenworth, Lewis as rookies of year

Nov. 5, 2020 5:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego infielder Jake Cronenworth and Seattle outfielder Kyle Lewis have been chosen as rookies of the year by Baseball Digest. The magazine made the announcement Thursday. Cronenworth won the NL honor. Traded from Tampa Bay to the Padres last December, he hit .285 and helped San Diego...

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...

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 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 celebrates with catcher Sean Murphy after striking out Chicago White Sox's Nomar Mazara for the final out of Game 3 of an American League wild-card series, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. The A's won 6-4. (Jose Carlos Fajardo//Bay Area News Group via AP)

Pinder delivers timely hit, A's advance in playoffs at last

Oct. 1, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sure, most of these young Oakland Athletics might barely remember some of the gut-wrenching October losses over the past two decades. Two recent defeats were plenty fresh enough to motivate manager Bob Melvin’s slugging, happy-go-lucky A’s. Oakland finally ended 14...

Oakland Athletics' Tony Kemp slides home to score against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A's beat Mariners 6-2, earn 2 seed and will face White Sox

Sep. 27, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha drove in four runs and the Oakland Athletics came back to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on Sunday in their final tune-up before the postseason. Oakland’s victory, coupled with Minnesota’s loss to Cincinnati, gave the AL West champion A’s the No. 2 seed...

Oakland Athletics' Robbie Grossman catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Joseph Odom during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Canha homers in 10th inning, rallies A's past Mariners 3-1

Sep. 26, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. The Mariners had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the 10th when pinch-runner Dee Strange-Gordon – playing in his 1,000th career...

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler winds up during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Buehler looks playoff ready, Dodgers beat A's 5-1

Sep. 25, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walker Buehler proved he and his fickle right index finger are playoff ready, Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Thursday night to earn their major league-leading 40th victory of the shortened 60-game season. The Dodgers clinched home-field...