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CORRECTS TO THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2020, NOT TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2020 - Houston Astros Carlos Correa is hugged by Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. after his walk off home run during the ninth inning in Game 5 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in San Diego. The Astros defeated the Rays 4-3 and the Rays lead the series 3-2 games. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Correa hits walkoff homer to keep Astros alive in ALCS

Oct. 15, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Before Carlos Correa headed to the plate in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the AL Championship Series, he told Dusty Baker, “Walkoff." The 71-year-old manager replied, “Go ahead, man," and then said a quick prayer to his father and brother. If the Houston Astros had been...

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 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, 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...

Houston Astros George Springer, right, dives for home plate on his inside the park home run as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, waits for the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Springer hits inside-the-park HR, Astros top D-backs 3-2

Sep. 20, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer homered twice, including an inside-the-park shot, to lead the Houston Astros over the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Sunday. Carlos Correa drove in the go-ahead run for Houston with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Springer’s two home runs gave him 13 this year. He...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Kole Calhoun (56) celebrates with Nick Ahmed (13) after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Calhoun homers twice in Arizona’s 6-3 win over Houston

Sep. 19, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kole Calhoun hit two home runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over former teammate Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros 6-3 on Friday night. Calhoun connected on Greinke's fastball in the fourth inning for an upper-deck shot to right. The three-run homer put Arizona ahead 3-2. His second...

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and center fielder George Springer (4) celebrate the team's 7-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Astros rally to beat Dodgers 7-5 despite angry LA fans

Sep. 13, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Astros were whooping it up on the Dodgers' field again, just like they did after winning Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. In Houston's first visit since being punished for cheating en route to that infamous championship, the Astros rallied with five runs for a 7-5 victory under smoky...

Oakland Athletics Tony Kemp hits an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Murphy hits homer, two-run single, A's take 1st from Astros

Sep. 8, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When their star players go down, the Oakland Athletics turn to their depth. Sean Murphy homered and hit a two-run single to help Chris Bassitt snap a three-start winless stretch, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 6-0 on Monday night with both teams missing star players. Tony Kemp...

Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Rangers score 2 runs in 10th to down Astros 6-5

Sep. 2, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas manager Chris Woodward was thrilled to get a win in Houston over the Astros on Tuesday night, even if it was a bit unconventional, after losing all nine games at Minute Maid Park in his first season in charge of the Rangers. Elvis Andrus hit a tying solo homer in the ninth inning and...