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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
The Tampa Bay Rays are headed to the second World Series in franchise history, holding off the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the ALCS. Thus the Rays avoid the fate of the 2004 Yankees, who remain the only team to blow a 3-0 lead in a postseason...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
The last complete game by a Rays pitcher was by Matt Andriese, on May 14, 2016. Given that it's the Rays and this game is in the fifth inning, that may seem like the most irrelevant factoid ever. But Charlie Morton has zipped through five innings on...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
The Astros have stormed all the way back from an 0-3 hole to force Game 7 in the ALCS, beating the Rays 7-4 on Friday. Framber Valdez out-curveballed Blake Snell, racking up nine strikeouts over six innings, eight on curves. Houston knocked Snell out in...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
Remember when the narrative of the ALCS was that all the balls hit hard by the Astros were turning into outs? That was kind of true, though through the first three games, Houston batted .442 on balls hit at 95 MPH or higher, with four RBI. (League avg...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
George Springer got it started, and Carlos Correa finished it. The Astros' duo homered in the same playoff game for the eighth time -- twice more than any other duo -- and then there is this: According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Astros are the first team...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
With his leadoff homer, Houston's George Springer moved into a tie for fourth place on the career postseason homer leaderboard with Albert Pujols (19). He moved ahead of Jose Altuve, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson. Next up for Springer is Derek Jeter,...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
Astros manager Dusty Baker tabbed rookie righty Luis Garcia to start Game 5 of the ALCS against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Garcia, 23, will making his first appearance of the postseason. He made his big-league debut for Houston during the regular...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
The Astros stay alive with a nail-biting 4-3 win in Game 5 of the ALCS, thanks to a redemptive performance by Jose Altuve, a strong outing from Zack Greinke and a little old school, by-the-gut managing from Dusty Baker. Altuve homered and stroked an RBI...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
One bad inning for the Astros, along with another full game of airtight pitching and defense from the Rays, has Tampa Bay one win from the franchise's second American League pennant. Two key hit by pitches and another Jose Altuve error certainly helped...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
The Rays just keep following the same formula over and over. After beating the Astros 4-2 in Monday's ALCS Game 2, that formula has the Rays half way to the second pennant in franchise history. All it took was two Houston mistakes: A Jose Altuve error...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
Astros manager Dusty Baker announced that righty Jose Urquidy will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Rays on Tuesday.
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
The Rays grabbed the opener of the ALCS with a very Rays-like formula. Blake Snell wasn't efficient, but held the Astros to Jose Altuve's solo homer over five innings. Randy Arozarena sent yet another four-seamer rocketing over an outfield fence. Mike...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
The Rays will also go with 14 pitchers and 14 position players for the ALCS. Relievers Jose Alvarado and Josh Fleming have been added to their ALDS roster, while outfielder Brett Phillips and swingman Trevor Richards have been dropped. Alvarado had been...
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Bradford Doolittle
a year ago
The Astros' ALCS roster is out. Houston added reliever Chase De Jong for their matchup against Tampa Bay, giving them 14 pitchers and 14 position players. Dropped from the LDS round was outfielder Chas McCormick, who not only has not been used during...
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