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Correa, Astros clinch AL West, open playoffs vs White Sox
Jose Altuve got straight to the point when asked what Carlos Correa means to the Houston Astros after his mighty swing launched them into the playoffs Thursday night. Correa hit his career-high 25th homer with a three-run shot and the Astros clinched the AL West with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. “That sounds pretty special," Correa said.news.yahoo.com
Astros walk twice with bases loaded in 9th, beat Rays 4-3
The Houston Astros walked off to end a wild ninth-inning rally against the Tampa Bay Rays, moving closer to securing a postseason berth. The party will have to wait one more day at least, with the Seattle Mariners stubbornly sticking around. Rays reliever JT Chargois walked two Houston batters with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, propelling the Astros to a 4-3 win that snapped a four-game skid.news.yahoo.com
Cabrera 9 hits in row, Schoop, Tigers win; Rays' Franco hurt
Miguel Cabrera got his ninth straight hit before the string ended, Jonathan Schoop launched a grand slam and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Friday night. Rays rookie shortstop Wander Franco extended his on-base streak to 39 games, then left in the first inning with tightness in his right hamstring. “We'll know more, but hopefully we caught it early enough,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.news.yahoo.com
Gambler pleads guilty to threatening Tampa Bay Rays players: "Your family will be beheaded"
A sports gambler faces up to five years in federal prison for threatening social media messages sent to players with the Tampa Bay Rays. In many messages, Patz threatened to enter the athletes' homes and behead them or their family members, the FBI said. The Tampa Bay Rays lost a home baseball game in July 2019 to the Chicago White Sox. An account linked to Patz later sent threatening Instagram messages to four players for the Rays and one player for the White Sox, according to authorities. Though Wednesday's guilty plea relates specifically to the Rays threats, investigators said Patz had been sending violent messages to athletes for about a year before his arrest.cbsnews.com
Dodgers' first World Series championship win since 1988 attracts 12.6 million viewers, much lower than last year's ratings
The Los Angeles Dodgers' first World Series championship in more than three decades attracted 12.6 viewers on Tuesday night, the most-viewed game of the series. Game six of the 2020 World Series between the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays peaked at 14.3 million viewers on Fox Sports. By comparison, Game 6 of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals drew 15 million while Game 7 of the series attracted 23 million viewers. Shortstop Corey Seager took home World Series Most Valuable Player honors for the Dodgers, who won their first World Series since 1988. Game Three attracted slightly over 8 million and became the least-watched World Series game ever -- or at least since Nielsen began tracking ratings in 1968.cnbc.com
Dodgers-Rays game one had the lowest TV ratings ever for a World Series game
The Los Angeles Dodgers' appearance in Major League Baseball's top event couldn't save the league from the impact of a sports viewership decline. Game One of the Dodgers' series against the Tampa Bay Rays attracted 9.1 million viewers, Fox Sports said. The game was the most watched program on Tuesday but also became the least-watched World Series game ever -- or at least since Nielsen began tracking ratings in 1968. The last time the Dodgers reached the World Series in 2018 against the Boston Red Sox, Game One drew 13.8 million viewers. Last year's World Series opener between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros attracted 12.1 million viewers for the first game.cnbc.com
Astros on the Brink, Down 0-3: Four Thoughts
The Astros came within one game of heading home for the offseason after losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Tuesday night in San Diego. Game 4 is Wednesday with a chance for the Rays to complete the sweep and head to the World Series. The Astros second baseman has three errors in the postseason, two of which have been devastating. The Rays defense has been astonishingly good. If the Astros do indeed go on to lose this series, it will be the Rays defense that bears the responsibility for their success.houstonpress.com
Astros Go Down in 0-2 Hole in ALCS — Four Thoughts
The Astros have out-hit the Tampa Bay Rays 19-10 in the first two games of the American League Championship Series. Monday afternoon's Game 2 felt like a carbon copy of Game 1 with the Astros shooting themselves in the foot as their offense continues to struggle. If the offensive issues weren't enough, there were uncharacteristic gaffes in the field that led directly to the winning runs for the Rays. In the bottom of the first inning, a weakly hit grounder was sent toward Jose Altuve. The Astros in this series are 2-14 with runners in scoring position.houstonpress.com
Astros Fall in Game One of ALCS 2-1: Four Thoughts
After averaging three home runs and eight runs per game during the ALDS, they moved on to San Diego's Petco Park to face the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS. The Rays took five games to dispatch the Yankees in their series, and it became clear on Sunday night that the Astros took a step up in weight class against the Rays. Despite an early home run from Jose Altuve and out-hitting the Rays 9-6, the Astros just could not muster any runs beyond the one long ball. In addition to the success of the Rays' staff, Astros pitching remained in fine form as well. Tampa remains the favorite on their pitching alone, but their defense, like the Astros, is stingy.houstonpress.com
Astros Hire James Click to Be New General Manager
The Houston Astros announced on Monday they have signed Tampa Bay Rays Vice President of Baseball Operations, James Click, as their new general manager to replace Jeff Luhnow who was fired in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal. The announcement comes quickly on the heels of the signing of Dusty Baker who replaced A.J. Before the last three seasons as VP in Tampa Bay, Click has been with the team since 2006. In a statement, Click said, The Astros are a progressive and innovative organization with a deeply talented group in the front office." The biggest difference for Click here in Houston will undoubtedly be money.houstonpress.com
Astros Make Trade for Hometown Pitcher
On Thursday, the Astros announced they had acquired pitcher Austin Pruitt from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor leaguers, pitcher Peyton Battenfield and outfielder Cal Stevenson. He played at College Park High School in The Woodlands before going to University of Houston. The Astros have had their eye on Pruitt a bit, most likely in part because he has a well above average spin rate on his breaking pitches, something the Astros value quite highly. He has posted a career record of 12-8 with a 4.87 ERA in 67 games including 10 starts. To make room for Pruitt on the 40-man roster, pitcher Dan Deetz was designated for assignment.houstonpress.com
See all 9 of the Astros murals around the city
Mural painted by Sebastian Mr. D 1987 Bouleau after the Astros win ALDS Game 1 against Tampa Bay Rays on Oct. 4, 2019. Muros -- an art company that brings brands or businesses together with local artists to create projects in many cities -- partnered with the Houston Astros to reward the city with a new mural for every postseason win. The Astros are leading the series 3-2, and need just one more win to make Houston home to another pennant trophy and mural. You can find more coverage of all things Astros here.
Gerrit Cole to take mound in Game 5
Gerrit Cole reacts after his 14th strikeout during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park on October 05, 2019, in Houston. Down 0-2 in the World Series, the 'Stros had people doubting their ability to come back. But for Game 5, Gerrit Cole is on the mound; and we all know that's a game-changer. COLE IS IN THE FINAL YEAR OF HIS CONTRACTWe've seen the pictures of Jim Crane, which Astros fans jokingly claim show him, "trying to find money to bring Cole back." COLE WILL BE WELL RESTEDCole has said he didn't bring his "A-game" during Game 1.
This is who will start World Series Games 1-3 for the Astros
HOUSTON - Game 1: Gerrit ColeCole has been the best pitcher in baseball this season and the best pitcher in the playoffs. Game 2: Justin VerlanderVerlander and Cole flip-flop from the ALDS to the World Series, giving the Astros one of the best Game 2 starters of the decade. In his three starts on full rest, Verlander has a 2.61 ERA, winning two of those three games for the Astros. 1 overall pick, Strasburg has been one of the best playoff starters ever. The Astros put up eight runs in Game 5, saving Greinke from an inefficient start.
Astros top postgame quotes after game 5 ALCS loss
(Photo byHOUSTON - Here are some of the top post game quotes from the Astros following their 4-1 ALCS Game 5 loss to the Yankees in New York. They felt really good about going into the bottom of the first. And then Hicks had a really good at-bat in a mistake slider for a homer off the foul pole 315 feet away. Justin Verlander, Astros pitcher on the first inning trouble:"Fastball command wasn't very good and (the) slider was just hanging. We need one game where the offense goes off and we can put 10 runs in one game, that would be nice.
Astros have history on their side heading into ALCS game 5
That team has won the series 33 times, lost 7 times. 1985: Royals* over Blue Jays1986: Red Sox over Angels1996: Braves over Cardinals2003: Marlins* over Cubs2004: Red Sox* over Yankees2007: Red Sox over Indians2012: Giants over CardinalsNote: the 85 Royals, 03 Marlins, & 04 Red Sox won games 6 & 7 on the road. - Teams that have a 3-1 series lead in any seven game series in the postseason have gone on to win the series 73 of 86 times overall. - Verlander carries a 4-game postseason winning streak against the Yankees that dates back to Game 3 of the 2011 ALDS. He has gone 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA (8ER/39IP), 1 complete game, 7 walks and 42 strikeouts during this run.
7 Astros playoff watch parties to attend around Houston
Fans are invited to cheer on their hometown team at watch parties hosted by Minute Maid Park and downtown bars. Minute Maid Park501 Crawford St, HoustonMinute Maid Park is hosting watch parties for every away game. The pregame show and Astros game will be shown on the stadium's large video screen. Astros fans can claim a voucher for Game 3 and Game 4 online. Tikilas2708 N. Shepherd Dr, HoustonTikilas will host watch parties for every Astros playoff game starting Saturday.
All the Astros ALCS gear you need
HOUSTON - The Astros advanced to the American League Championship Series after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 at home, which means new championship gear is in. Here are the hottest new items:Bringin' it home T-shirtThis is the T-shirt worn by the team during its American League Division Series victory celebration. The black T-shirt with orange and white letters is available for men, women, kids and toddlers. Own the pennant ALCS Astros vs. Yankees T-shirtThis white T-shirt has the Astros and Yankees logos with the "Own the Pennant. American League Championship Series" design in navy blue letters.
Verlander set to pitch Game 2 of ALCS
In 2019, he's obviously much more seasoned, and knows the Yankees inside and out. Although Verlander's game last week in Tampa didn't go as expected, the Astros have full confidence that he's rested and ready to go. They should, as Verlander is currently 4-0 in his six postseason starts against the Yankees. Verlander was the ALCS MVP in 2017 after winning Game 6 against New York. "We've got all the confidence in the world in Verlander," said Alex Bregman.
Keys to game 2 of ALCS for Astros
Here are the keys to an Astros win in ALCS game 2 on Sunday. Bats must wake upThe zero runs scored by the Astros in game one of the ALCS is a guarantee that a victory isn't coming. Verlander's team is 5-0 in the other five games, including a pair of Astros wins in the ALCS in 2017. Verlander allowed just one run in 16 innings, struck out 21 and completely dominated. He'll need to get back to that, especially after the Yankees scored seven runs in game one and hit three home runs.
News 2 Know: Houston mayoral debate coverage, man sentenced to death in Stay family slayings, & more
It was a long night for Astros fans after the team won their do-or-die Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Now, the Astros will face the Yankees on Saturday for the first game of the American League Championship Series. Read morePlay-by-play coverage of Houston mayoral debateKPRCFour candidates vying to be the next mayor of Houston will take the stage Friday at Houston Baptist University to debate the issues. Read more4 free things to do this weekendCNNIt will be a spectacular fall weekend in Houston. This football season, KPRC 2 is bringing you awesome prizes and bragging rights with our Pro Football U Pick Em!
News 2 Know: Astros advance, penalty phase of Stay family slayings trial nears end and more
It was a long night for Astros fans after the team won their do-or-die Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Now, the Astros will face the Yankees on Saturday for the first game of the American League Championship Series. Read moreContinuing coveragePenalty phase of Stay family slayings trial nears endKPRC Ronald Haskell walks into a Houston courtroom for the first day of his trial Aug. 26, 2019. Closing arguments are expected Friday at the penalty phase of the trial of Ronald Haskell, who killed six members of a Spring family five years ago. This football season, KPRC 2 is bringing you awesome prizes and bragging rights with our Pro Football U Pick Em!
PHOTOS: Astros beat Rays 6-1 in do-or-die ALDS Game 5
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 10: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by his teammates after his solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning in game five of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Hide Caption
This is when the Astros would play Game 1 if they beat the Rays tonight
Getty ImagesThe Astros would play on Saturday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series if they win Thursday night. The Astros face the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series. Whoever wins will play the New York Yankees on Saturday at 7:08 p.m. Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals is set for Friday at 7:08 p.m. on TBS. They will play Game 2 on Saturday at 3:08 p.m., also on TBS.
News 2 Know: It's do-or-die for Astros tonight
It's also the day we'll find out if the Houston Astros will continue their journey to the World Series. After a disappointing couple of games in Tampa, the Astros are back at Minute Maid Park tonight for the must-win Game 5 of the American League Division Series. The winner will play the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. The Astros will turn to their Co-Ace Gerrit Cole who will look to duplicate what he did in the ALDS Game two win at Minute Maid park where he struck out 15 Rays hitters. Read moreTake a trip down Astros playoffs memory laneGetty ImagesHere's a look at the Astros history in deciding games in a postseason series.
Check out these two new murals in Houston celebrating the Astros
Mural painted by Sebastian Mr. D 1987 Bouleau after the Astros win ALDS Game 1 against Tampa Bay Rays on Oct. 4, 2019. HOUSTON - Local artists are rewarding the city for every postseason win with a new Astros mural in central Houston locations. The company's most recent collaboration is between the Houston Astros and local artists. Check out the celebratory artwork:Win 1 muralArtist: Sebastian "Mr. D 1987" BouleauLocation: Warehouse LiveWin 2 muralArtist: TarboxLocation: Lola's Breakfast In The HeightsCopyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
Justin Verlander's short-rest gamble: Inside the Houston Astros' bet on their ace pitcher
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros are betting on ace pitcher Justin Verlanders endurance as he faces the Tampa Bay Rays on a short three days of rest, but how could all of that play out thinking of Verlanders history in this situation? Its only happened once in the postseason: Verlander started in the 2011 ALDS on fewer than the standard four days of rest. Verlander pitched allowed a run on one hit and two walks. For more on Verlander's thoughts on his short rest, watch our full video in the player above. Let us know how you think the Astros will fare against the Rays in the comments below.
What to know about the start time for the Astros-Rays Game 4
Getty ImagesTonight's ALDS Game 4 between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays will now start at 6:07 p.m., after the New York Yankees completed their sweep over the Minnesota Twins. On Monday, the Yankees finished off the Twins with a 5-1 victory in Game 3. That win meant that the Astros game would be moved to 6 p.m. On Monday, the Rays beat the Astros 10-3 and cut their AL Division Series deficit to 2-1. The Astros won the first two games with a pair of dominating pitching performances from Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Rays pummel Greinke, Morton clutch vs Astros to win Game 3
The 35-year-old Morton is 4-0 with an 0.95 ERA in four career elimination starts, including last week's wild-card win at Oakland. PHOTOS: Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game 3Astros manager AJ Hinch announced after the game that Houston will start Justin Verlander on three days of rest in Game 4 in the best-of-five matchup at Tropicana Field on Tuesday. Kiermaier got the wild-card Rays going with his shot the second inning. Morton, meanwhile, remained perfect in potential postseason elimination games, including a pair of Game 7 victories during Houston's 2017 World Series run. HOMER STREAKThe Astros have homered in 28 consecutive games, including the first three of the ALDS.
PHOTOS: Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game 3
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros reacts after being taken out of the game by manager AJ Hinch #14 during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)Hide Caption
Thousands of fans pour in for Astros watch party at Minute Maid Stadium
The Houston Astros are in pursuit of another championship as they face the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series. Fans are invited to cheer on their hometown team at watch parties... Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
Here's how you can watch the Astros game even though it's on the MLB Network
Many Houston fans should be able to watch Monday's ALDS Game 3 on television. The game against the Tampa Bay Rays starts at 12:05 p.m. and is on the MLB Network. The MLB Network has partnered with several of its distributors and is providing a free preview through Oct. 11 through the following: Altice, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Frontier, RCN, Sling TV and Verizon. Bob Costas, Joe Girardi, Jim Kaat and Tom Verducci will make the call for MLB Network's telecast. The Astros won the first two games against the Rays and can close out the series with a victory Monday.
Cole fans 15, Bregman homers as Astros top Rays 3-1
Cole, 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA in six starts last month, set an Astros postseason record with 15 strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings to win his franchise-record 17th straight decision. Cole (1-0), who led the majors with 326 strikeouts in the regular season, extended his major league record with his 10th straight game with at least 10 Ks. The Rays cut the lead to 3-1 when Avisal Garcia grounded into a forceout that scored Meadows. UP NEXTFormer Astro Charlie Morton, who got the win in the Rays wild-card victory, will start against Zack Greinke. Cole (1-0), who led the majors with 326 strikeouts in the regular season, extended his major league record with his 10th straight game with at least 10 Ks.
PHOTOS: Houston Astros face Tampa Bay Rays in second game of ALDS
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 05: Diego Castillo #63 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after the third out in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park on October 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Hide Caption
LIVE COVERAGE: Astros face Rays in Game 1 of ALDS
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros start their road to the World Series on Friday. They face the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park. In this season, the Astros have gone 4-3 against the Rays, and since 2017, Houston is 6-11 versus Tampa Bay. However, the Astros have outscored the Rays 40-27. Follow our live blog below for coverage of the game.
How to get Astros playoff tickets after they've sold out
Tickets are limited to the ALDS, as the Houston Astros take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Game 1 is Friday and the Astros reported tickets have sold out. There's still a chance to purchase tickets but you'll likely have to turn to the secondary market to find them. "We have lots of seats available for tomorrow: standing room, 400 level, 300 level, there's not many in 200 level left," said Kayla Ramsey, of Midtown Premium Tickets. If somebody is listing tickets for $100 under the going price or the market value, I would say stay away," Ramsey said.