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Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young Awards

Nov. 13, 2019 11:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown. Verlander beat out Houston Astros teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13...

Acing it: Success of Nats, Astros puts attention on starters

Nov. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington went against baseball's trend toward bulked-up bullpens, dedicating 39% of its payroll to three starting pitchers: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. The trio triumphed, lifting the Nationals to the first World Series title in the team's 51-season...

Shildt wins NL Manager of the Year days after mom's death

Nov. 12, 2019 9:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Shildt began his life in baseball at his mom's side, tagging along with her to work at a Double-A ballpark and picking up odd jobs around the clubhouse. When Shildt was recognized Tuesday night for the career that has followed, the late Lib Shildt was the first thing on his mind. "My...

Strong ending helps World Series avoid record low viewership

Nov. 5, 2019 5:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It may be no solace to the Houston Astros, but the Washington Nationals' comeback win in the World Series helped baseball avoid a dubious record. The series' seventh and deciding game reached 23.2 million people, eclipsing even "Sunday Night Football" and enabling the Series to average just...

Trump honors World Series champion Nationals at White House

Nov. 5, 2019 4:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump mostly stuck to sports Monday while honoring the World Series champion Washington Nationals, who had a handful of players skip the White House visit. Amid an impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill and Washington feting its first Major League Baseball champion since...

Vrana gets 1st career hat trick, Capitals beat Flames 4-2

Nov. 3, 2019 11:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's newly crowned championship baseball team provided the cheers. Jakub Vrana supplied the goals. Two days after his first multigoal game of the season, Jakub Vrana got his first career hat trick as the Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 Sunday night. With the World...

Vrana records hat trick, Capitals beat Flames 4-2

Nov. 3, 2019 11:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jakub Vrana got his first career hat trick and the Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 Sunday night. Lars Eller added a power-play goal, and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson each had two assists for the Capitals, who have won eight of nine and lead the NHL with 25 points. Ilya...

Strasburg opts out of Nats deal, $100M, to become free agent

Nov. 3, 2019 10:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals, three days after the star pitcher was chosen MVP of the World Series. The move Saturday makes the 31-year-old right-hander a free agent. Strasburg gave up $100 million he had been guaranteed...

Nationals fans rejoice in red as hometown heroes are honored

Nov. 2, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The song "Baby Shark" blared over loudspeakers and a wave of red washed across this politically blue capital Saturday as Nationals fans rejoiced at a parade marking Washington's first World Series victory since 1924. "They say good things come to those who wait. Ninety-five years is a...

Trump to host World Series champion Nationals at White House

Nov. 1, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome the come-from-behind Washington Nationals who will celebrate their World Series victory Monday on the South Lawn of the White House. The Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday to clinch the title in Game 7 of the World Series. They are the...