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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, then-Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Pittsburgh. Joe Maddon has agreed to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager. Maddon and the Angels agreed to terms Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, on a deal to reunite the veteran manager with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 16, 2019 - 10:40 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon is back under the halo. Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former bench boss of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball...
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October 16, 2019 - 4:37 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Joe Girardi quit as manager of the U.S. baseball team trying to qualify for the Olympics before it played a single game. Girardi said Wednesday he is leaving to pursue a major league managing job. There are seven current openings. He will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who had...
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Patrons at the Hawk 'n' Dove sit in front of television screens televising Game 4 of the NLCS between Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals and a debate by Democratic presidential candidates, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. Tuesday night presents a quandary for many Washingtonians: the Democratic presidential debate on a night when the Washington Nationals have a chance to make it to their first-ever World Series. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 15, 2019 - 11:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday night presented a genuine televised quandary for many Washingtonians. On one hand there was the fourth Democratic presidential debate in a town that follows politics like other places follow sports. On the other hand, there was an actual sporting event: the underdog...
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The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-4 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 15, 2019 - 11:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was merely the first inning, yet fans kept rising out of their seats to applaud or yell or twirl their red towels, to chant "Let's go, Nats!" and "M-V-P!" and various players' names, enjoying every moment of a seven-run outburst that would, eventually, propel their city to its...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 15, 2019 - 8:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A gritty Gerrit Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. Altuve and Josh Reddick homered early off Luis Severino,...
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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez gives a thumbs up after Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 8-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the series.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 15, 2019 - 1:56 am
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday: CAPITAL GAINS Patrick Corbin can pitch the Nationals to their first pennant when Washington goes for a four-game sweep of slumping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series. The $140 million lefty starts at home against Cardinals rookie Dakota...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler reacts after striking out during the seventh inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 14, 2019 - 11:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Instead of dwelling on the St. Louis Cardinals' troubles at the plate after two losses in the NL Championship Series, manager Mike Shildt tried to accentuate the positives. "We've pitched really, really well," he said. "We've played really good defense. We've run the bases when we...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 14, 2019 - 11:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals' struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington moved one win from the city's first World Series appearance in 86 years by beating St. Louis 8-1...
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Washington Nationals' Victor Robles hits a single during the third inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 14, 2019 - 9:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Victor Robles was back in the Nationals' lineup for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series after missing the previous five games with a hamstring injury. Robles started in center field and batted eighth Monday night with Washington looking to take a 3-0 lead over the St. Louis...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ throws against the Houston Astros during the 11 inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series in Houston. Happ is likely to be among the pitchers the Yankees use in Game 4, manager Aaron Boone said Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Happ gave up a game-ending home run to Houston’s Carlos Correa in Game 2. ( AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
October 14, 2019 - 9:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees and Astros plan all-bullpen games from the start in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series in a sign of the times. With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, New York's Luis Severino starts Game 3 on Tuesday against Gerrit Cole. Masahiro Tanaka began the opener for the...
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