Latest MLB Playoffs News

Rays in listening phase entering winter meetings

Dec. 5, 2019 5:06 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays head into the upcoming winter meetings in the listening phase about ways to improve a roster that came within one win of reaching the American League Championship Series last season. "Do we have to do a lot of things? No," Rays senior vice president of baseball...

Astros owner declines comment on sign stealing investigation

Nov. 21, 2019 12:51 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane declined comment Wednesday on Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations of sign stealing against his team. While walking through the lobby of the luxury hotel where MLB owners were meeting, Crane stopped briefly when approached by...

Yuli Gurriel agrees to $8.3M, 1-year deal with Astros

Nov. 18, 2019 6:36 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Yuli Gurriel has agreed to an $8.3 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros, a $300,000 raise from his originally scheduled salary for next season. Gurriel hit .298 and set career bests with 31 homers and 104 RBIs as the Astros won the American League pennant for the second time in...

Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputation

Nov. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of awful seasons that got them mocked as the ‘Lastros and ascended to the top...

Shildt wins NL Manager of the Year days after mom's death

Nov. 12, 2019 9:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Shildt began his life in baseball at his mom's side, tagging along with her to work at a Double-A ballpark and picking up odd jobs around the clubhouse. When Shildt was recognized Tuesday night for the career that has followed, the late Lib Shildt was the first thing on his mind. "My...

Yankees plan to have talks with Cole, Strasburg

Nov. 11, 2019 10:26 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — After falling short of reaching the World Series for the 10th straight year, the New York Yankees intend to have conversations with top free agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. "It's a good time to be them," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday as the...

Yankees fail to make qualifying offer to Gregorius

Nov. 4, 2019 6:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees failed to make a $17.8 million qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius and will not receive draft-pick compensation if the free-agent shortstop signs with another team. Gregorius, who turns 30 in February, came back from Tommy John surgery in early June and hit .238 with 16 homers...

Royals hire ex-Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny as manager

Oct. 31, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Matheny walked through the doors of Kauffman Stadium a year ago to take a job as a special adviser with the Kansas City Royals, an out-of-the-spotlight position that allowed him to take stock of his career and his shortcomings. He had been fired by the Cardinals earlier in the...

Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title

Oct. 31, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound. Almost out of contention in May, champs in October. Howie Kendrick,...

Final comeback as Nationals win World Series title

Oct. 31, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — What a comeback for the Washington Nationals. The team that was 12 games under .500 before the end of May is now the World Series champion. The Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday night, when they were down 2-0 after six innings. It was Washington's fifth comeback win in a...