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FILE - In this Feb. 28. 2017, file photo, theWashington Nationals and the Houston Astros play a spring training baseball game at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. The game was the first to be played in the new stadium, which serves as both clubs' spring training home. The Houston-Washington World Series, which began Tuesday, is the first in the modern era to feature teams that share a common spring training site. In 1942, the Cardinals and Yankees met in the Series after playing their spring games in the same St. Petersburg, Fla., ballpark but training at different sites. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
October 23, 2019 - 4:08 am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Asked how his Washington Nationals figured out Gerrit Cole in the World Series opener, Juan Soto didn't have to look far for an answer. "I'm glad I face him in spring training," Soto said. In fact, all of the Houston Astros and Nationals see a lot of each other starting...
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Houston Astros relief pitcher Josh James smiles during a practice day for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 23, 2019 - 2:23 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Josh James slowly walks slightly off the mound, turns around and fixes his gaze on the foul pole in right field. A few seconds pass before the hard-throwing Houston Astros reliever returns to the rubber and delivers his next pitch. It's a scene James repeats again and again, often...
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Houston Astros' George Springer hits an RBI double during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 23, 2019 - 1:35 am
HOUSTON (AP) — The starting rotations for the World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are filled with former Cy Young winners and first-round draft picks. Game 1 featured a pair of starting pitchers who were first-round draft picks — and so will Game 2. Two of the hurlers...
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Houston Astros relief pitcher Roberto Osuna throws against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 23, 2019 - 12:57 am
HOUSTON (AP) — The assistant general manager of the Houston Astros apologized Tuesday for using "inappropriate language" after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about closer Roberto Osuna during a clubhouse celebration. Brandon Taubman released...
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Washington Nationals right fielder Adam Eaton can't get a glove on a RBI-double by Houston Astros' George Springer during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 22, 2019 - 10:46 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local): 10:40 p.m. The Houston Astros are closer, but still have some work to do in the ninth inning to avoid losing Game 1 of the World Series at home. Washington held on to a 5-4 lead after eight innings in its first-ever World Series game...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer speaks during a news conference for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 21, 2019 - 6:39 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Max Scherzer was taunted over his eyes as a kid. Now he treasures them. Washington's Game 1 starter in the World Series against Houston has baseball's most unusual orbs: blue on the right, brown on the left, a condition known as Heterochromia iridis. "I've always celebrated it," he...
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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve talks to the media during a practice day for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 21, 2019 - 5:59 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Ryan Zimmerman, the longtime "face of the franchise" for the Washington Nationals, remembers the first time he saw the 5-foot-6 player who has grown into that role with the Houston Astros. Jose Altuve made his big league...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole speaks during a news conference for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 21, 2019 - 5:36 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole rattles off the names of the pitching greats with ease, featuring the same command he shows with his vaunted four-seam fastball. Bob Gibson. Tom Seaver. Don Drysdale. Plus the guys he saw in person as a kid — Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling — when they dominated in...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole speaks during a news conference for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 21, 2019 - 3:31 pm
A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros: ___ Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Houston, 8:08 p.m.; Game 2, Wednesday, at Houston, 8:07 p.m.; Game 3, Friday, at Washington, 8:07 p.m.; Game 4, Saturday, at Washington, 8:07 p.m.; x-Game...
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Houston Astros pose after winning Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Houston. The Astros won 6-4 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 20, 2019 - 5:52 pm
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...
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