Latest MLB Playoffs News

Kendrick, Zimmerman among vet first-timers in World Series

Oct. 21, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Howie Kendrick is in the postseason for the eighth time in his 14 major league seasons, having played in October for three different teams. This time, he is finally on a World Series team. "This is a dream come true," the 36-year-old utilityman, who has been in 43 playoff games, said Monday...

The Latest: Zimmerman recalls first time he saw Jose Altuve

Oct. 21, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Ryan Zimmerman, the longtime "face of the franchise" for the Washington Nationals, remembers the first time he saw the 5-foot-6 player who has grown into that role with the Houston Astros. Jose Altuve made his big league debut with...

Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBA

Oct. 21, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game. Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse. The numbers show they're right, and if that isn't troubling enough race only...

MLB umpire Eric Cooper dies at 52; did playoffs 2 weeks ago

Oct. 20, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

Eric Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago, has died. He was 52. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper's death Sunday. Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father's home in Iowa. Popular...

Yankees need ace like Gerrit Cole as they pivot toward 2020

Oct. 20, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole could be seeing a lot more of the New York Yankees real soon. While there was no Game 7 for the Astros' ace to face the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, could he start New York's opener at Baltimore on March 26? "The work never ends," New York manager Aaron Boone said after...

World Series throw-down: Astros, Nats relying on rotations

Oct. 20, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

Now this is a serious World Series throw-down. Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke vs. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin — all of them All-Star starters, still pitching at their peak. It's a mound meeting that every fan can enjoy, the Houston Astros against the Washington...

Waiting game: Nationals get 6 days off before World Series

Oct. 20, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doing a little research ahead of the World Series, Washington Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier came across some numbers that made him feel OK about his team's long layoff. "I saw a stat today where there's been 12 times where teams have had five or more days off going into the World...

Savages in the box go bust with slew of strikeouts

Oct. 20, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A record-setting season by Savages in the Box ended with a string of strikeouts and another October bust for the New York Yankees. For the first time since the 1910s, the 27-time champions have gone through an entire calendar decade without making it to a World Series. An AL Championship...

Capital hill: Astros, Nats put World Series eyes on pitching

Oct. 20, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer and a slew of aces get the World Series started in Houston, then the scene shifts to Capitol Hill. But with Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg and all these electric arms, might as well call it capital hill. Because in this Year of the Home Run, the focus of the 2019 Fall Classic is on...

Astros' Pressly reinjures knee, good to go for World Series

Oct. 20, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros shutdown reliever Ryan Pressly reinjured his right knee recording an out on the only pitch he threw in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series but says he'll be ready for the World Series. Pressly came on with the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning Saturday night against the...