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Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Brosseau (43) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the baseball team's AL Division Series against the New York Yankees, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Bad-boy Astros, fun-loving Rays set to face off in ALCS

Oct. 10, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Managed by universally acclaimed good guy Dusty Baker, the Houston Astros remain villains in many people’s eyes for their sign-stealing scandal three years ago. The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, are a fun-loving bunch that makes the most of their small payroll, including the best...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. signals as he walks to the mound to change pitchers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Good guy Dusty Baker guides reviled Houston Astros into ALCS

Oct. 9, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there’s a universally recognized good guy among the generally reviled Houston Astros, it’s Dusty Baker. At 71, he’s the first manager to lead five different franchises to the postseason, but is still chasing his first World Series title at the helm. The Astros...

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' Carlos Correa, left, and George Springer celebrate after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Springer hits 2 HRs, Astros beat A's 5-2 for 2-0 ALDS lead

Oct. 7, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Back-to-back home runs off back-to-back pitches. The Houston Astros can't miss these days. George Springer hit two homers and Houston kept making more noise in the playoffs, beating the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series. Martín Maldonado...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, left, celebrates with George Springer 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)

Correa, Springer rally Astros past A's 10-5 in ALDS opener

Oct. 5, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A home run derby broke out during a hot, dry day at Dodger Stadium, and suddenly the Houston Astros have their swing and swagger back. Carlos Correa homered twice and drove in four, Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead, two-run single during Houston's four-run sixth inning and the Astros rallied...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, the Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. The Astros are returning to Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won't be there, but their fans surely won't let the visitors forget. While the Dodgers head to Texas for the NL Division Series, their ballpark is hosting the American League Division Series in a postseason relocated due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Oct. 5, the Astros and the Oakland Athletics will open their ALDS matchup at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Astros out to 'silence the haters' in ALDS against Athletics

Oct. 4, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Reddick and the rest of the Houston Astros heard the “cheaters” chants and banging on garbage cans as the team's buses pulled into Dodger Stadium for a series last month. They were greeted by Dodgers fans still angry that the Astros illicitly stole signs during the...

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...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates his go-ahead solo home run off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Cody Stashak in the seventh inning  in Game 2 to clinch the American League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Astros won 3-1 to win the three-game series. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

LEADING OFF: Astros making noise, Phillies seeking GM

Oct. 4, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ SOUNDING OFF The Astros are making noise on and off the field in the postseason, and that’s fine with outfielder Josh Reddick. Houston continues to draw the ire of fans across the majors for the sign-stealing scandal that came to light after...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates his go-ahead solo home run off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Cody Stashak in the seventh inning  in Game 2 to clinch the American League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Astros won 3-1 to win the three-game series. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

LEADING OFF: Astros making noise, Phillies seeking new GM

Oct. 3, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Sunday: ___ SOUNDING OFF The Astros are making noise on and off the field in the postseason, and that’s fine with outfielder Josh Reddick. Houston continues to draw the ire of fans across the majors for the sign-stealing scandal that came to light...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. signals as he walks to the mound to change pitchers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Astros head to hostile Los Angeles for ALDS vs Athletics

Oct. 2, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Houston Astros are returning to the scene of the crime. The Los Angeles Dodgers won't be there, but their fans surely won't let the visitors forget. While the Dodgers head to Texas for the NL Division Series, their ballpark is hosting the AL Division Series in a postseason relocated...