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Soto, Nats conquer Cole, take Gm 1 in Houston

@castrovince
2:00 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- The anticipation of the opener of this World Series centered on the epic pitching matchup of Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer. Heck, even the national anthem singer was the appropriately named Nicole Scherzinger.

15 facts, figures about World Series Game 1

@SlangsOnSports and @AndrewSimonMLB
2:04 AM EDT

The 115th World Series jumped out to a thrilling start Tuesday night in Houston, with a duel between Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer, the latest displays of postseason power from Juan Soto and George Springer and a tense battle that was decided by a single run. The Nationals, playing the

After guarantee, Soto homers off Cole

Nats' 20-year-old phenom has historic World Series debut
@JamalCollier
2:40 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- Few hitters, especially those who bat left-handed, are capable of hitting balls onto the train tracks sitting above the left-field wall at Minute Maid Park. Since Statcast began tracking in 2015, no left-handed hitter had launched a ball 417 feet to the opposite field in this ballpark. But

Springer's homer sets a World Series record

@DKramer_
12:26 AM EDT

George Springer's homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning of World Series Game 1 on Tuesday not only trimmed the Nationals' lead, it gave the Astros’ spark plug a Major League record. Springer's drive off Tanner Rainey, his 14th career postseason home run, marked the fifth straight

What if? How Astros' 8th could've been different

Springer says he'd be 'out for sure' stretching RBI 2B to 3B
@alysonfooter
2:16 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- Close games are the best ones to analyze. Close losses invite even more scrutiny.

Game 2 FAQ: Stras, JV on tap (8 ET, FOX)

@JamalCollier and @castrovince and @brianmctaggart
3:11 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- It would be mathematically offensive to call Wednesday’s Game 2 of this World Series between the Nationals and Astros a must-win for Houston. But the sentiment isn’t entirely incorrect.

MLB to investigate incident involving Astros exec

@castrovince
October 22, 2019

Major League Baseball and the Astros both released statements prior to Game 1 of the World Series regarding a Sports Illustrated article published Monday night that detailed an inappropriate outburst by Houston assistant general manager Brandon Taubman in the Astros clubhouse following the ALCS-clinching victory on Saturday night. “This past

Here is the complete World Series schedule

October 22, 2019

The Astros have reached the World Series for the second time in three years, and they opened the 115th Fall Classic at home against the Nationals. Game 2 of the 2019 World Series presented by YouTube TV is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. It will change sites for

Predicting toughest qualifying offer decisions

@mike_petriello
12:25 AM EDT

We still have the World Series left to play, but for 28 other teams, the season is over -- in many cases, it has been for quite some time. That means all of those other clubs are full speed ahead on 2020 planning, and the first order of business tends

Turner's steal means free tacos for America

@DKramer_
1:00 AM EDT

It didn't take long for Nationals shortstop Trea Turner to become this year’s Taco Hero. The speedster swiped second base during the top of the first inning in Tuesday’s World Series Game 1 -- which Washington won, 5-4 -- to net all of America free tacos as part of Taco

Rumors: Cubs, Cole, Marte, Rendon

October 22, 2019

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

Manager Buzz: Mystery candidate for Mets?

October 22, 2019

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding potential manager changes around the Majors.

Nats-Astros joins World Series Game 1 greats

@SlangsOnSports and @AndrewSimonMLB and @DKramer_
3:07 AM EDT

It’s always important to get off to a good start, and what better way to start the Fall Classic than with a particularly memorable game? Game 1 of this year’s World Series was one of the better openers in recent memory. Here’s a look at some of the greatest World

Scherzer weathers turbulence in Nats' G1 win

@juanctoribio
2:23 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- It’s no secret that the Nationals intend to rely on their starting pitching in order to get past the Astros in the 2019 World Series. It wasn’t always pretty, but Max Scherzer did just enough to come out on top in the highly anticipated pitching battle against Gerrit

After G1 thriller, here are keys for Nats, Astros

@RichardJustice
1:48 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- If you were surprised by Game 1 of the 2019 World Series, you haven’t been paying attention. This is what the Washington Nationals do to teams. This is what they’ve done for the last five months. They play with a certain resolve and fearlessness, which may be a

Lacking A-game, Cole takes first loss since May

Astros starter tagged for 5 runs, including 2 HRs, over 7 innings
@brianmctaggart
2:37 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- In the biggest game he’s pitched in his life, right-hander Gerrit Cole gave the Astros an untimely reminder that he is indeed human. That was sometimes easy to forget over the past five months, when Cole was an automatic win while leading Houston into the World Series for

Assisted by Corbin, Nats' bullpen seals G1 win

After Scherzer goes 5, Washington quartet closes out Series opener
@AnthonyDiComo
2:34 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- As Max Scherzer's pitch count rose, spiking early Tuesday evening and continuing to climb throughout the middle innings, the prevailing thought in the Nationals’ bullpen was that at some point, Scherzer would find a way to correct the issue. As a precaution, Daniel Hudson and Sean Doolittle began

Zim takes Cole deep in World Series debut

Veteran is third-oldest player to homer in first Fall Classic PA
@JamalCollier
3:00 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- Ryan Zimmerman played for 15 seasons in the big leagues before getting a chance to play in the World Series, tied for the most among active position players. So when he finally got his chance to play in the Fall Classic, he made the most of it right

Yuli accounts for early offense vs. Max

@brianmctaggart
3:32 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- The Astros’ offense, which sputtered through the American League Championship Series, got off to a quick start in the World Series when first baseman Yuli Gurriel rocketed a two-run double off the left-field wall in the first inning of a 5-4 Game 1 loss to the Nationals on

Bumgarner could be on this team's FA list

October 22, 2019

After a memorable 11-season run with the Giants that included four straight All-Star appearances and top-10 finishes in NL Cy Young Award voting (2013-16), as well as three World Series titles (2010, '12 and '14) and 2014 Fall Classic MVP honors, Madison Bumgarner is headed to free agency for the

Here are every team's free agents this winter

@paul_casella and @MannyOnMLB
October 21, 2019

Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the impending free agents for all 30 Major League clubs, including players who have 2020 options.

Will Bucs consider trading Starling Marte?

Beat reporter Adam Berry answers questions from fans
@adamdberry
October 22, 2019

Do you think the Pirates might trade Starling Marte this offseason? He’s the best thing we have to offer now that Felipe Vazquez is off the table, so maybe we could get the young starting pitching we need for him and put Bryan Reynolds in center field.-- Colin K., Pittsburgh

Correa: Beltrán will be 'amazing manager'

@AnthonyDiComo
October 22, 2019

Of the handful of Mets managerial candidates receiving call-back interviews, none can quite replicate the quirks of Carlos Beltrán's resume. Easily the most high-profile of the Mets’ inexperienced candidates, Beltrán played in Flushing from 2005-11 as part of a 20-year, Hall of Fame-caliber career. But he has no coaching experience

Inbox: Could Dodgers spend on big free agents?

Beat reporter Ken Gurnick answers questions from fans
@kengurnick
October 22, 2019

The Dodgers have boatloads of money coming off the books this upcoming year. Will they sign Anthony Rendon? Gerrit Cole? Build a bullpen? Seeing is believing. -- Bill If signing one of the most expensive free agents is a requirement for your support, you might want to find a team

These players have won free tacos for America

12:58 AM EDT

Add Trea Turner to the list of Taco Heroes. The Nationals' shortstop opened the 2019 World Series with an infield hit, and on the first pitch to the next batter, swiped second base to activate Taco Bell's "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion.