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All Altuve needed was a chance ... and $15K

@RichardJustice
October 20, 2019

HOUSTON -- Almost immediately, it was obvious to some that 16-year-old José Altuve was different. “Sometimes, you just have a feel about a guy,” Al Pedrique said. “With others, you can see it.”

Who has edge? Nats-Astros position by position

@mike_petriello
October 20, 2019

The World Series has arrived, and it's a good one: The 107-win Astros, hoping to collect their second ring in three seasons, face the more-than-a-Cinderella-story Nationals, owners of the second-most wins in baseball over the past seven seasons. Looking for superstars? Friend, you've got them -- on both sides.

Rumors: Lindor, Strasburg, Bumgarner, Cole

an hour ago

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

This Series has best pitching since ... well ...

@SlangsOnSports
October 20, 2019

If you like starting pitching, this is the World Series for you. In recent years, and throughout postseason history, we’ve seen dominant World Series performances -- Madison Bumgarner in 2014, and plenty of others. We’ve seen aces in the World Series -- Justin Verlander for the Astros just two years

The 26 World Series facts you need to know

Nationals-Astros Fall Classic gets underway Tuesday in Houston
@SlangsOnSports and @mattkellyMLB
October 20, 2019

The World Series matchup is set. The Nationals and Astros will face off, beginning on Tuesday in Houston. The Nationals will be making their first appearance in the Fall Classic in franchise history, while the Astros are making their third -- but second in three seasons. In 2017, we saw

Each team’s best player who never won a title

@williamfleitch
October 20, 2019

The World Series begins Tuesday, and this World Series is full of great players, including potential Hall of Fame players, who have never won a championship before. That’s the goal of any player, to win a title, which is why the truly great players always try to make sure they

For Yanks, is Cole the next Sabathia?

October 18, 2019

Following five solid seasons with the Pirates in which he was an All-Star and finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2015, Gerrit Cole reached an elite level over two seasons with the Astros. Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the 29-year-old right-hander,

CC says farewell to baseball with heartfelt note

@Russ_Dorsey1
3:41 PM EDT

CC Sabathia officially announced his retirement on Monday morning after 19 seasons in the big leagues. Sabathia made his final appearance for the Yankees during the American League Championship Series against the Astros before being removed with a shoulder injury. While his impending retirement was a foregone conclusion, Sabathia cemented

Here are every team's free agents this winter

@paul_casella and @MannyOnMLB
October 20, 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 Angels make run at Cole and Rendon?

5:17 PM EDT

After a seven-season tenure with the Nationals that included a 2014 Silver Slugger Award, a 2019 All-Star nod and two top-10 National League MVP finishes (2014 and '17), Anthony Rendon is due to hit the open market for the first time in his career. Below is a list of the

Perfect Postseason Bracket? $250K still in play

3:39 PM EDT

With the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros set to get underway Tuesday night, just 1,972 perfect entries remain in the Postseason Bracket Challenge. This year's grand prize is $250,000, which is the largest total in the 17-year history of the contest. It’s also the same

World Series Game 1: Lineups, matchups, FAQs

@JamalCollier and @brianmctaggart
5:16 PM EDT

The Astros are a team many people believed would be here all along. The Nationals were left for dead a couple of months into the season. Now they get set to collide in what should a tantalizing World Series featuring three-deep starting rotations and dangerous lineups. The Nats overcame a

Manager Buzz: Phils, Mets, Cubs, SD, SF

2:03 PM EDT

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

Gurriel vying for rare postseason history

Houston's first baseman has no-strikeout streak entering World Series
@_dadler
5:18 PM EDT

Here's something crazy: Yuli Gurriel has played every inning of every game for the Astros this postseason, and he still hasn't struck out.

Will Braves go to 3 years for Donaldson?

3:03 PM EDT

After being limited to just 52 games with the Blue Jays and Indians in an injury plagued 2018, Josh Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Braves and re-established his value ahead of another go at free agency. Below is a list of the latest news and rumors

Building a champion: Develop bats, import arms

@JimCallisMLB
October 20, 2019

While the Astros and Nationals took strikingly different routes to the World Series, they constructed their pennant winners in similar fashion. Heavily favored to win the American League West, Houston seized the division lead for good by the end of April en route to a franchise-record and Major League-best 107

Will Rendon be a Houston legend? He already is

Before going to DC, Nats star was local standout at Rice University
@RichardJustice
October 20, 2019

HOUSTON -- Rice University baseball coach Wayne Graham was seated on a folding chair next to an indoor hitting cage when 18-year-old freshman Anthony Rendon grabbed a bat and stepped to home plate for the first time. • World Series presented by YouTube TV, Gm. 1: Tues., 8 p.m. ET

Astros tab Cole, JV, Greinke for Gms 1-3; 4 TBD

an hour ago

Astros co-aces Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander will start World Series Games 1 and 2, respectively, and righty Zack Greinke will start Game 3 when the series shifts to Washington, manager AJ Hinch announced on Monday. Hinch did not reveal the Astros' plans for a Game 4 starter, which could

Scherzer to start WS opener; Stras in Game 2

@mattkellyMLB
29 minutes ago

The Nationals are going with their horse to begin the 115th World Series, tabbing Max Scherzer as their starter for Game 1 on Tuesday in Houston (8 p.m. ET on FOX). Manager Dave Martinez announced Stephen Strasburg will go in Game 2 opposite Justin Verlander, but there's no starter yet

Yankees' offseason could be a game-changer

Fortifying rotation will be top priority for Cashman
@feinsand
October 20, 2019

When baseball historians look back at the 2010s, they might refer to it as the lost decade of the Yankees’ storied past. Another season ended in disappointment for New York on Saturday night, as the Astros finished off a six-game American League Championship Series with a 6-4 victory, sending the

How will teams value MadBum in free agency?

@AndrewSimonMLB
October 19, 2019

No matter what happens this offseason, Madison Bumgarner will be connected to the Giants forever. It couldn’t be any other way, not after the first-round pick from the 2007 Draft spent 11 seasons in San Francisco, made four All-Star teams, played an outsized role in three championship runs, and created

Again for Astros, Altuve is why they're here

@MikeLupica
10:19 AM EDT

Manager AJ Hinch’s office at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., is just down the hall from the Astros' clubhouse. The clubhouse is at the far left side of a less-than-three-year-old complex as you come in off Haverhill Road, in behind the huge Astros logo

World Series begins Tuesday (8 ET, FOX)

October 20, 2019

The Astros have reached the World Series for the second time in three years, and they'll open the 115th Fall Classic at home against the Nationals. Game 1 of the 2019 World Series presented by YouTube TV is scheduled for Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. It will change sites for

Off-field challenges prepare Espada to lead

Houston bench coach a candidate for multiple managerial openings
@feinsand
8:40 AM EDT

Joe Espada’s reputation throughout the game has long been one of a hard-working, detail-oriented baseball man, always willing to put in the time to make his team better. But as the Astros' bench coach goes through a second straight year of managerial interviews, the 44-year-old believes that the challenges he’s

101-mph heat & unhittable slider. Sound good?

Rainey's slider had highest swing-and-miss rate in baseball
@mike_petriello
October 20, 2019

The Nationals pitched 36 innings in the National League Championship Series -- good ones, allowing only five earned runs in what was arguably the most dominant NLCS or ALCS performance of all time -- and 33 of them, or nearly 92%, came from just six pitchers: starters Stephen Strasburg, Aníbal