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World Series: How the Nationals and Astros match up

Oct. 21, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

A position-by-position look at the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros going into the World Series, starting Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park: ___ First Base: Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman. The longtime face of the franchise, Zimmerman was Washington's first draft pick in 2005 after the team moved to the...

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...

World Series in Houston a homecoming for Nats star Rendon

Oct. 21, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Rendon vividly remembers his one visit to the Astrodome as a child to see the Houston Astros and his beloved Killer B's. "I was really young at that time but that memory still sticks in my head," the Washington Nationals star said. And along with the excitement of seeing Craig...

The eyes have it: Scherzer embraces 2 different eye colors

Oct. 21, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Max Scherzer was taunted over his eyes as a kid. Now he treasures them. Washington's Game 1 starter in the World Series against Houston has baseball's most unusual orbs: blue on the right, brown on the left, a condition known as Heterochromia iridis. "I've always celebrated it," he said...

Hot Cole, Astros face Scherzer, Nats in World Series opener

Oct. 21, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole rattles off the names of the pitching greats with ease, featuring the same command he shows with his vaunted four-seam fastball. Bob Gibson. Tom Seaver. Don Drysdale. Plus the guys he saw in person as a kid — Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling — when they dominated in...

Mexicans debate whether government right to free capo's son

Oct. 21, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans were divided Monday over whether the government did the right thing in releasing a drug kingpin's son after his supporters shot up the northern city of Culiacán. Some polls indicate the public is split on whether people accepted the government's argument that it was more...

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...

Mike Schmidt: Why can't I just accept it's all about power?

Oct. 21, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

I get it. Today the game is asking for home runs. The temptation is too great, analytics support it, and coaches coach it. Small parks, maple bats, a new ball and shifting defenses have given hitters the green light to let it fly. Hitting into the shift is flat-out dumb. I didn't hit against a shift, or in a...

Los Viejos -- The Old Guys -- help Nationals make Series

Oct. 21, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NL MVP candidate Anthony Rendon surveyed his teammates scattered around the Nationals Park diamond, whoopin' it up after clinching a World Series berth. There were starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Aníbal Sánchez, each 35 — and each responsible for taking a no-hit bid...

Astros pick Verlander for Game 2, Greinke for Game 3

Oct. 21, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander will follow Gerrit Cole and start Game 2 of the World Series for Houston against Washington on Wednesday. Zack Greinke will start for the Astros on Friday when the Series resumes at Nationals Park. "Greinke gets to hit. That's going to be fun for him," Astros manager AJ...