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How the Astros, Dodgers built World Series rosters

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Already building from within when Josh Byrnes was fired 2 1/2 years into the job, the Padres' brass green-lit a quick fix when they approved A.J. Preller's offseason bonanza heading into the 2015 season.

They shipped a young catcher (Yasmani Grandal) and two minor league pitchers to Los Angeles to acquire a bat to build around (Matt Kemp). They...Read more

MVP favorite Jose Altuve, all 5 feet 6 inches of him, stands tall for the Astros

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LOS ANGELES -- As long and pronounced as the path has been, the Houston Astros' ascent to the World Series has been expected. Four years ago, Sports Illustrated proclaimed them the 2017 World Series champions. Before the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers co-opted it, the organization popularized the phrase "trust the process" -- after their attendance ...Read more

Angels hire Eric Hinske as hitting coach

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels hired longtime major leaguer Eric Hinske as their hitting coach, they announced Monday. He replaces Dave Hansen, who was fired at October's start after four seasons with the Angels.

Hinske, 40, played for seven teams over 12 seasons, lastly in 2013 for Arizona. His career year was his 2002 rookie season, ...Read more

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is ready for one more World Series

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LOS ANGELES -- There had been a camera trained on Tommy Lasorda, no surprise to anyone who followed the Los Angeles Dodgers with even the slightest degree of interest.

Kirk Gibson blew off an immediate interview on the field, disappearing down the dugout steps. So NBC cut to the replays, with the two images that endure to this day.

Gibson ...Read more

Dodgers vs. Astros: How the teams match up for the World Series

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the best-of-seven World Series at 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.

Here's a look at how the teams match up:

DODGERS VS. HOUSTON ASTROS

(regular-season statistics)

PROJECTED LINEUPS

POS.; DODGERS; AVG.; HR; RBI; COMMENT

C; Austin Barnes; .289; 8; 38; Started four of five games in NLCS,...Read more

Relive Astros Game 1 starter Justin Verlander's World Series history

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Justin Verlander is back in the World Series.

The former Tigers ace is making his third trip to the Fall Classic and first with the Houston Astros, who will take on the National League-champion Los Angeles Dodgers beginning on Tuesday night.

Verlander did his part in pitching the Astros there: He was named the American League Championship ...Read more

Deliberate search for next Phillies manager enters fourth week

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The Mets, Red Sox, and Tigers have picked their next managers. The Nationals are ... the Nationals. It is the height of managerial season, and the Phillies appear content to fill their vacancy at their own pace.

They decided 24 days ago to remove Pete Mackanin from the dugout. It could be at least another week before they choose his replacement...Read more

Yasiel Puig has starred in a one-man reality show during Dodgers' postseason

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LOS ANGELES -- The red flight of a television camera beckoned, and so Yasiel Puig obliged. He unclenched his jaws and unfurled the hardest-working muscle on the 2017 Dodgers. As the team celebrated bouncing the Chicago Cubs out of the National League Championship Series last week, Puig wagged his tongue for the viewers in Los Angeles before ...Read more

Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to interview for Nationals job: report

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Dave Martinez could be the latest Cubs coach to be fitted for another uniform.

According to the Washington Post, Martinez will be interviewed for the Nationals' manager position.

Martinez has spent the last 10 years by Joe Maddon's side as his bench coach, first with the Rays and then with the Cubs.

But Maddon would like nothing more than to ...Read more

Active Seager is glad to be back

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LOS ANGELES -- On Sunday, for the first time in almost two weeks, Corey Seager was an active baseball player. He took batting practice. He took ground balls. He took a seat before a group of reporters, happily.

"I haven't smiled in a while," Seager said. "It's nice to smile again."

The back strain that sidelined Seager for the National League ...Read more

Cubs mum on Chris Bosio firing, but explanation is needed

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There was no reason for anyone to believe Chris Bosio would be let go as Cubs pitching coach.

Joe Maddon gave all his coaches a vote of confidence last week when asked if he expected all of them to return.

"Of course, yes," Maddon replied. "The staff's done a great job. Our staff's been awesome. And they're tight. It's a tightly knit group. ...Read more

Needing one more out, Astros pitcher draws inspiration from Jose Fernandez

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Jose Fernandez never pitched in a playoff game for the Marlins. But his presence was felt in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. said he drew inspiration from Fernandez before recording the final out to send the Astros to the World ...Read more

Gibson's iconic 1988 home run might never have happened if it hadn't been for Mitch Poole

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LOS ANGELES -- You've marveled at the swing, laughed at the brake lights, cheered with the fist pumps.

During the 28 years the Los Angeles Dodgers were absent from the World Series, you think you have watched every second of the greatest moment from the last time they were here, from the video of Kirk Gibson's 1988 walk-off home run that ...Read more

Astros to face Dodgers in World Series after shutting out Yankees in Game 7 of ALCS

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HOUSTON -- Fifty feet from home plate, Jose Altuve's bat hit ground. The baseball touched down 314 feet further, in the third row of the right-field seats. He had swung hard, and he had not let go. The smallest man on the field carried his weapon until he was certain that his fly ball was a home run, that his Houston Astros had a two-run lead, ...Read more

Cubs reportedly fire longtime pitching coach Chris Bosio

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The Cubs have fired longtime pitching coach Chris Bosio, an apparent casualty of the 2017 bullpen disaster, according to a report.

Bosio was the first pitching coach hired by Cubs president Theo Epstein in 2011, and served under managers Dale Sveum, Rick Renteria and Joe Maddon.

The firing was reported by USA Today. The Cubs did not return ...Read more

Dodgers face short list of decisions

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LOS ANGELES -- The absence of Corey Seager felt so unpronounced in the National League Championship Series, yet his name still resounded through the Los Angeles Dodgers' celebration late Thursday night.

In the visitors batting cage at Wrigley Field, the players cradled the Warren C. Giles Trophy, the reward for winning the National League ...Read more

Astros awake from ALCS slumber to rout Yankees 7-1 and force a deciding Game 7

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros are alive. Before a sold-out Minute Maid Park on Friday night, their hitters awoke from an inconvenient slumber at a necessary time and their acquired ace turned in another gleaming performance.

The Astros staved off elimination, crushed the New York Yankees, 7-1, and forced a seventh game in this taut American ...Read more

Scioscia says '88 World Series team was special, and so are the 2017 Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES--Mike Scioscia got a good look at this year's Los Angeles Dodgers when the Angels team he manages played them to a draw in a four-game series in mid-summer, when the eventual National League champions were laying waste to the rest of baseball.

He came away impressed.

"They definitely looked like they had a lot of things going in ...Read more

Cubs assessing pitching needs through free agency, trades off roster

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CHICAGO -- After a humbling exit from the National League Championship Series, a daunting but expected mission has arrived for Cubs President Theo Epstein and his staff.

"We knew the 2017-18 offseason would be one of our most challenging," Epstein said while answering questions for more than one hour, one day after the Cubs were knocked out of ...Read more

Tigers' Avila gets his manager in Gardenhire

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DETROIT -- At long last, Al Avila got his man.

It had been more than two years between the time Avila first contacted veteran manager Ron Gardenhire, late in the 2015 season, and Friday afternoon, when he helped Gardenhire put on the Detroit Tigers home uniform for the first time.

A lot has changed in those two years: The Tigers are no longer ...Read more

 

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