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Bon Voyage: Road teams win 1st 5 Series games for 3rd time

Oct. 28, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander, Joe Smith and Will Harris tossed the ball at Minute Maid Park as slanting light from the late-afternoon sun streaked through the large glass panels and across right field. After arriving home at 4:30 a.m., they were back in familiar surroundings, yes, but home, sweet, home...

Verlander, Astros can clinch World Series vs Nats in Game 6

Oct. 28, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Springer shook his head at the mere mention of Houston Astros teammate Justin Verlander's past October trouble, the only pitcher in baseball history to go 0-5 in the World Series. "We wouldn't be here without him," Springer declared. "I don't care what individual stats say." Then,...

Astros' Joe Smith honors late Tyler Skaggs in World Series

Oct. 28, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston Astros reliever Joe Smith sports Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 on his hat with pride and grief. Smith was proud to call Skaggs a friend and devastated by the Angels pitcher's death this summer at age 27 from a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol. Now in the World Series and being counted on in...

0-5 in World Series, Verlander eyes Astros clinch in Game 6

Oct. 28, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Good as Justin Verlander is, he's the only pitcher in baseball history to go 0-5 in World Series games. For all his excellence, Verlander has failed to close things out in the postseason, including losses in win-and-advance games in this year's AL Division Series and Championship Series....

The Latest: Cole pitches Astros to 3-2 Series lead over Nats

Oct. 27, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 5 of the World Series (all times local): 11:27 p.m. The Houston Astros handed the ball to Gerrit Cole, and he gave them a firm grip on the World Series. Cole looked exactly like the stud who dominated baseball most of this season, bouncing back from a Game 1 clunker to...

James, Greinke keep Nats off balance, escape trouble for win

Oct. 26, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh James sailed a changeup high and tight to Ryan Zimmerman, going to a full count with two on and the Houston Astros clinging to a two-run, fifth-inning lead. Catcher Robinson Chirinos called for another change. James shook him off. Chirinos put down the same signal. "It was one of...

The Latest: Astros cut their deficit to 2-1

Oct. 26, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 3 of the World Series (all times local): 12:10 a.m. José Altuve doubled twice and scored both times, Zack Greinke repeatedly worked out of trouble, and the Houston Astros showed they were not going to go quietly, beating the Nationals 4-1 to cut their deficit to...

Long wait over for some Astros, Nationals at World Series

Oct. 22, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — What a relief for Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith that manager AJ Hinch was only joking about his team's makeup for the World Series. "I would bring (him) in my office and pretend like he's not going to make the roster, just to get a reaction from him, and he wouldn't buy it," Hinch said....

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...