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MLB umpire Eric Cooper dies at 52; did playoffs 2 weeks ago

Oct. 20, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

Eric Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago, has died. He was 52. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper's death Sunday. Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father's home in Iowa. Popular...

World Series throw-down: Astros, Nats relying on rotations

Oct. 20, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

Now this is a serious World Series throw-down. Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke vs. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin — all of them All-Star starters, still pitching at their peak. It's a mound meeting that every fan can enjoy, the Houston Astros against the Washington...

Raines recalls Montreal, roots for Nats; others, maybe not

Oct. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Tim Raines started wearing the tricolor cap as a teen and proudly sported the Montreal Expos logo for years, all the way onto his Hall of Fame plaque. So no wonder who he'll cheer for when his old team — albeit now in Washington — plays in its first World Series, a...

Waiting game: Nationals get 6 days off before World Series

Oct. 20, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doing a little research ahead of the World Series, Washington Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier came across some numbers that made him feel OK about his team's long layoff. "I saw a stat today where there's been 12 times where teams have had five or more days off going into the World...

Capital hill: Astros, Nats put World Series eyes on pitching

Oct. 20, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer and a slew of aces get the World Series started in Houston, then the scene shifts to Capitol Hill. But with Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg and all these electric arms, might as well call it capital hill. Because in this Year of the Home Run, the focus of the 2019 Fall Classic is on...

Altuve's HR in 9th sends Astros to World Series over Yankees

Oct. 20, 2019 2:03 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve, the 5-foot-6 driving force of Houston, delivered a swing that will play in Astros' highlights forever. Altuve homered off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning and Houston outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second...

Houston Astros beat New York Yankees in 6 games to win AL pennant, will play Washington Nationals in World Series

Oct. 20, 2019 12:18 AM EDT
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros beat New York Yankees in 6 games to win AL pennant, will play Washington Nationals in World Series.

Braves plan to discuss tomahawk chop with American Indians

Oct. 19, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves officials say they plan to have talks with Native Americans about the Tomahawk Chop chant that has drawn complaints and stoked controversy during the Major League Baseball post-season. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that team representatives will hold the talks...

Nats eye good Series starts from Scherzer, Strasburg et al

Oct. 18, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It had the feel of spring training Friday at Nationals Park, what with the clear blue sky, the crisp breeze and temperature in the low 60s that made it feel like time for the Fall Classic or February, the start-of-camp baserunning drills and the navy "Grapefruit League" T-shirt worn by...

Braves 1B Freeman has surgery on troublesome right elbow

Oct. 18, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow after a nagging injury that limited him late in the season and into playoffs. The team announced Friday that Freeman underwent the procedure in New York. Dr. David Altchek cleaned out the entire right...