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Houston Astros Carlos Correa runs to second after hitting a double against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning in Game 6 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Springer, Valdéz help Astros top Rays 7-4, force ALCS Game 7

Oct. 16, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The blowback from a sign-stealing scandal three years ago and a losing record during the pandemic-shortened regular season don't mean a thing to Dusty Baker and the Houston Astros. Like them or loathe them, the Astros are on the cusp of a third World Series in four seasons and joining the...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan, right, waits to be relieved during the seventh inning in Game 6 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Fading Rays: Tampa Bay on brink of ALCS collapse vs Astros

Oct. 16, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With three consecutive losses in the AL Championship Series, the Tampa Bay Rays are on the brink of an extremely regrettable bit of baseball history. Unlike the 2004 New York Yankees, the Rays still have a chance to avoid a flop that will follow them forever. Tampa Bay and Houston will...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works out before Game 3 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

LEADING OFF: Dodgers hope Kershaw can go in NLCS Game 4

Oct. 15, 2020 2:37 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ BACK IN? Clayton Kershaw could pitch Game 4 of the NL Championship Series for the Dodgers if the left-hander’s back continues to improve. Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start because of back spasms, and manager Dave Roberts decided to...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works out before Game 3 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

LEADING OFF: Dodgers hope Kershaw can go in NLCS Game 4

Oct. 15, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday: ___ BACK IN? Clayton Kershaw could start Game 4 of the NL Championship Series for the Dodgers if the left-hander’s back continues to improve. Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start because of back spasms, and manager Dave Roberts decided...

Houston Astros George Springer hits a two run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Springer, Altuve homer to keep Astros alive in ALCS

Oct. 15, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — José Altuve and the Houston Astros are eager to match the 2004 Boston Red Sox in the history books. Beating the Tampa Bay Rays three more times to reach the World Series won't be easy, but the Astros believe they can do it. George Springer broke a tie with a two-run homer, Altuve also...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, right, hits a three-run home run off of Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas, left, during the fourth inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A capsule look at the Astros-Rays playoff series

Oct. 10, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-seven playoff series between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays in San Diego beginning Sunday: ___ Season Series: Did not meet. ___ HOUSTON ASTROS Record: 29-31. Playoff Entry: second place, AL West. Playoff Seed: No. 6. Manager: Dusty Baker (first season). Projected Rotation: LHP...

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,...

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, and Houston Astros' George Springer, leap in celebration after they defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-1 in Game 2 to clinch the American League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

A capsule look at the Astros-Athletics playoff series

Oct. 4, 2020 4:41 AM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-five playoff series between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics in Los Angeles beginning Monday: ___ Season Series: Athletics won 7-3. ___ HOUSTON ASTROS Record: 29-31. Playoff Entry: second place, AL West. Playoff Seed: No. 6. Manager: Dusty Baker (first season). Projected...