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Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly (17) talks toward Houston Astros' Carlos Correa (1) after the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Houston. Kelly received an eight-game suspension for his actions after he threw a pitch in the area of the head of Houston Astros' Alex Bregman and later taunted Correa, which led to the benches clearing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dodgers' Kelly suspended 8 games for buzzing, mocking Astros

Jul. 30, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, a day after throwing a fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos Correa. Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the...

An empty Ashburn Alley faces seats at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies' game against the New York Yankees on Monday was postponed after several members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

LEADING OFF: Yanks-O's open patchwork series; Marlins off

Jul. 29, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ ON THE FLY The Yankees will open a two-game series in Baltimore after their scheduled games this week in Philadelphia were postponed due to the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak. The switch was announced Tuesday afternoon, and the Yankees had...

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly (17) looks back at Houston Astros' Carlos Correa (1) after the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Houston. Both benches emptied during the exchange. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Benches clear as Dodgers beat Astros 5-2

Jul. 29, 2020 1:43 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are trying to put their sign-stealing scandal behind them. It seems as if the Los Angeles Dodgers have their own thoughts on the matter. Benches cleared Tuesday night during the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the Astros in the first game between the teams since it was revealed...

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly (17) looks back at Houston Astros' Carlos Correa (1) after the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Houston. Both benches emptied during the exchange. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Benches clear in first Astros-Dodgers game since scandal

Jul. 28, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Benches cleared Tuesday night in the first game between the Astros and Dodgers since it was revealed that Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series championship that came at Los Angeles' expense. The fracas occurred after Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw high-and-tight pitches to...

An empty Ashburn Alley faces seats at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies' game against the New York Yankees on Monday was postponed after several members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

LEADING OFF: Yanks-O's open patchwork series; Marlins off

Jul. 28, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: ___ ON THE FLY The Yankees will open a two-game series in Baltimore after their scheduled games this week in Philadelphia were postponed due to the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak. The switch was announced Tuesday afternoon, and the Yankees had...

Houston Astros' Dusty Baker (12) bumps elbows with Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais (29) before a baseball game Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Astros pick up Baker's contract option for 2021 season

Jul. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have picked up the option for the 2021 season on manager Dusty Baker's contract. Baker was hired in January to replace AJ Hinch, who was fired by the team after he and general manager Jeff Luhnow were initially suspended for one year by Major League Baseball for their...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker waves toward the stands after a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Friday, July 24, 2020, in Houston. The Astros won 8-2. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Baker wins debut, Astros top M's in 1st game post sign scam

Jul. 25, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker has managed thousands of games in his big league career, and none were quite like his debut with the scandal-ridden Houston Astros. The 71-year-old manager posted a win in his first game as Houston's manager and the Astros, playing for the first time since their sign-stealing...

The setting sun shines through the windows of Globe Life Field during the third inning of a baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

LEADING OFF: Bigger playoffs, new Texas park, Dbacks' MadBum

Jul. 23, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: BIGGER PLAYOFFS Baseball may be embarking on a smaller regular-season schedule, but the postseason just got bigger. Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed Thursday to an expanded playoff structure that includes 16 teams instead of the usual 10....

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, right, talks with Michael Brantley (23) after throwing during a simulated baseball game Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

'It's over now' - Astros eager to put scandal behind them

Jul. 14, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros spent the offseason reeling from a sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs. Veteran Dusty Baker took over as the manager of the American League champions just before spring training. It was a choice owner Jim Crane made...

A fan holds a sign during a spring training baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Astros hope to move on from cheating scandal as MLB restarts

Jun. 25, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The first round of spring training was dominated by fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam. Players were plunked in exhibition games and heckled at every turn. Fans held signs mocking Houston players, and one man even banged on a trash can at an early workout in a reminder of...