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Houston Astros set up Dodgers World Series after beating Yankees in Game 7

Houston win deciding game of ALCS 4-0 to set up showdown with LAVictory comes after year in which floods hit Texan cityCharlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the…

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Houston Astros move through to ALCS with 5-4 win over Boston Red Sox

  • Red Sox’ season ends with 5-4 defeat to Astros at Fenway Park
  • Houston will open ALCS on Friday against Yankees or Indians

Justin Verlander outpitched Chris Sale in a relief role reversal of aces, and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series, rallying past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday in Game 4 of their playoff matchup.

Houston will open the ALCS on Friday, either at Cleveland or at home against the New York Yankees. The Indians held a 2-1 edge over the Yankees going into Game 4 of the AL Division Series on Monday night.

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St Louis Cardinals docked two draft picks and fined $2m for hacking Astros

  • MLB commissioner bans former St Louis scouting executive for life
  • St Louis say the club ‘respects the commissioner’s decision’

The St Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2m as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving two Major League Baseball teams.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred also banned former St Louis executive Christopher Correa for life as he ruled the Cardinals must give the 56th and 75th draft choices in June to Houston. They must pay the Astros the money within 30 days. Correa, the Cardinals’ director of baseball development until July 2015, pleaded guilty in federal court to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer. He was sentenced last summer to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay the Astros $279,039 in restitution.

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St Louis Cardinals docked two draft picks and fined $2m for hacking Astros

  • MLB commissioner bans former St Louis scouting executive for life
  • St Louis say the club ‘respects the commissioner’s decision’

The St Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2m as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving two Major League Baseball teams.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred also banned former St Louis executive Christopher Correa for life as he ruled the Cardinals must give the 56th and 75th draft choices in June to Houston. They must pay the Astros the money within 30 days. Correa, the Cardinals’ director of baseball development until July 2015, pleaded guilty in federal court to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer. He was sentenced last summer to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay the Astros $279,039 in restitution.

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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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Why protesting against the anthem is the ultimate sin in Major League Baseball

In a sport where patriotisim makes up the fabric of the game, Adam Jones is right to be concerned. Plus, three cheers for Yasiel Puig, Big Papi prepares to bow out, and Joe Maddon rides the Cowboy

Adam Jones works in a city that continues to experience racial upheaval, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that baseball’s most outspoken player on African American social issues calls Baltimore home.

Baseball is the sport that helped break barriers for black people across the United States, starting with Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947. Nearly 70 years later, the participation of African Americans in the game, on the field as players, in the dugout as managers and in front offices as executives – where progress was always slower – is giving away the gains. Jones, who has spoken out before on racial issues, has little company: a lonely voice in a depleted sea of African American players.

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Former Cardinals scouting director jailed for hacking Astros’ player database

  • Christopher Correa sentenced to nearly four years in prison
  • St Louis chairman blamed incident on ‘roguish behavior’

A federal judge sentenced the former scouting director of the St Louis Cardinals to nearly four years in prison on Monday for hacking the Houston Astros’ player personnel database and email system in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.

Christopher Correa had pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St Louis. He was fired last summer and now faces 46 months behind bars and a court order to pay $279,038 in restitution. He had faced up to five years in prison on each count.

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The Houston Astros have turned their season around by doing nothing

The Astros are in better form than the Cubs and the Indians. But there was no revolution in the locker room to spur their successA season after completing one of the biggest two-year turnarounds in baseball history, the Houston Astros seem intent on go…

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Cleveland’s hangover cure? An Indians World Series title

Clevelanders waited long enough for a post-playoffs party: if the Tribe keep on winning, the festivities could stretch deep into October. Plus A-Rod’s wisdom and baseball in Vegas

Nearly a million Clevelanders crammed into downtown on Wednesday, celebrating something the they knew very little about: a title. It was an unrecognizable scene inside a city well-studied in sporting pain, where a drive here, a seeing-eye single there and “The Shot” once added up to 147 seasons passed without a championship.

Now the Cavaliers, their city, their fans are finally winners, and judging by the enthusiasm of the folks soaking up the Forest City sun, more regular opportunities to express championship exhilaration would be welcome.

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Why the Mets’ Matt Harvey has earned the right to be mediocre

Harvey hasn’t even been that, but if he can recover to a middling level, that will be enough fo New York in 2016. Plus happy birthday Big Sexy, Donald Trump is green all over, another Marlins mess, and more

Charles in New Jersey thinks Matt Harvey drinks too much while on the town flaunting his shoe collection, while Ron in Queens thinks Harvey has developed a bad habit of cupping the ball during his delivery. From talk radio to the broadcast booth to bleachers around baseball, fans and media in New York and beyond are trying to solve the sudden demise of the Dark Knight. It’s his weight, it’s the blood clot, it’s his attitude, it’s the lingering psychological impact of failing after convincing his manager to send him out for the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series, and of course, it’s his body’s blowback from a busy 2015 post-surgery season.

Matt Harvey, a franchise cornerstone who once lit up Flushing’s darkest days, who was once an undisputed ace, who was just mere outs away from that Fall Classic performance for the ages, hasn’t hit rock bottom, even if it may have seemed like it on Tuesday night in Washington. The Nats discovered that his third time through the lineup is a charm: ex-teammate Daniel Murphy and company teed off the righty, just as they did during Harvey’s prior start, a performance that has led to even more speculation.

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Max Scherzer ties MLB strikeout record as Nationals’ momentum builds

Between a major league record and a new $175m seven-year deal, there’s been plenty of drama at the Nats this week. Plus, Bartolo Colón is a natural, the Dodgers and the DL, Bryce Harper gets a spanking and more

Max Scherzer was approaching a record and the Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker had a decision to make: balance the rare opportunity to make history against the danger of keeping his hurler on the hill with a high pitch count, never mind trying to win a tight ballgame during a losing stretch.

Count ’em, twenty. https://t.co/uiGqQX8104https://t.co/XnkYika5Ie

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Our MLB predictions for 2016: can anyone stop the rampant Royals?

The Red Sox have made changes, Mike Trout is still Mike Trout, and the Cubs are still looking to end their title drought. Our baseball writers predict the season

David Lengel: The Giants’ even-year assault began with a rotation refresh including Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. I don’t trust the newbies, especially the latter. The NL West is now crowded house: the Giants could be the odd ones out.

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Baseball’s top 10 of 2015, from KC’s royal masterpiece to the mesmerizing Mets

With another year of baseball is in the books, David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2015 season

Around 20 minutes after closer Wade Davis struck out the Mets’ Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5, dozens of friends and family of the newly crowned Kansas City Royals were stationed on the field, waiting for their World Series champs. A champagne-drenched Mike Moustakas emerged from the clubhouse, spotted his wife, and delivered an all conquering leg-lifting hug. “I told you” said KC’s third baseman. Moustakas never had any doubt about the outcome. His manager, Ned Yost, had no doubt. His teammates had no doubt.

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Baseball’s top 10 of 2015, from KC’s royal masterpiece to the mesmerizing Mets

With another year of baseball is in the books, David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2015 season

Around 20 minutes after closer Wade Davis struck out the Mets’ Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5, dozens of friends and family of the newly crowned Kansas City Royals were stationed on the field, waiting for their World Series champs. A champagne-drenched Mike Moustakas emerged from the clubhouse, spotted his wife, and delivered an all conquering leg-lifting hug. “I told you” said KC’s third baseman. Moustakas never had any doubt about the outcome. His manager, Ned Yost, had no doubt. His teammates had no doubt.

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Will the Chicago Cubs wreck their franchise and win the World Series?

The Cubs are inching closer to the impossible, but do they really want to win it all for the first time since 1908? We preview the second half of the MLB season

Congratulations – you’ve survived two nights without any Major League Baseball activity whatsoever. I know, it wasn’t easy, because there’s only so much Real Housewives that one person can take. Never mind. Tonight, Friday, we’re back on the saddle, getting set for what should be a compelling second half baseball, with most of the league still in contention for playoff spot. Having said all that, I know you have some questions, so let’s try and answer a few of them.

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New York Mets fans win the World Series … of bad grammar

As if losing seven of their previous eight games wasn’t enough, Mets fans now find themselves in the basement of MLG – that’s Major League Grammar

It’s another day, and another kick in the teeth for fans of the New York Mets.

After riding high in April, the Mets have been shot down in May and June while their morose lineup continues to drag the team into an offensive abyss. Their injury-depleted roster, one loaded with rookies, has scored just 11 runs in their previous eight games, sending their fans to the talk radio airwaves in a panic, demanding that something, anything, be done by their general manager Sandy Alderson, in order to save a season that once looked incredibly promising after a blistering 14-4 start.

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Why the Oakland Athletics may rather be lucky than good

Billy Beane’s last place Oakland A’s are the unluckiest team in baseball, but reaching the playoffs is not out of the question

By now, baseball fans are overly familiar with Billy Beane’s theory on the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Oakland A’s general manager maintains the post-season is a crapshoot – a tournament based on luck that any team is capable of winning. If it’s true, then Beane has been one of the unluckiest executives in recent history, with his team exiting before reaching the American League Championship stage in each of the last three seasons, and seven of the A’s prior eight post-season appearances going back to 2000.

Now it seems Beane’s bad luck is spreading to the regular season.

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The MLB trade deadline could be a bust – but expect a scramble for Cole Hamels

The only sure thing is that Philadelphia remain in the driving seat as long as they have Cole Hamels. Elsewhere, expect even more low-level trades than last year

It could be one of the best trade deadlines in recent memory. Or absolutely nothing of note could happen, and we could once again be left cursing GMs for not trading away their futures for a big splash. If I had to guess, however, I’d say on the whole it ends up looking vaguely like other recent deadlines – but perhaps with even more low-level buying, selling, and spare-part swapping in the weeks leading up to July 31.

We should get one thing out of the way first: the Philadelphia Phillies were not only right not to trade Cole Hamels over the winter, a fair number of you out there probably owe some Phillies fans – or at the very least, common sense – an apology. Hamels isn’t the best pitcher in the NL this year (that goes to some slate of Max Scherzer, Jake deGrom, and Zack Greinke – yes, Greinke, not Kershaw – arranged as you see it) but he is the best pitcher in the NL, and possibly all of baseball, who is liable to be moving. And whereas everyone was screaming for Philadelphia to ship him off to Boston for guys from their third or fourth tier of prospects over the winter – and some people even saying Philadelphia should eat money on what’s quite a reasonable contract in this pitching market, with Hamels owed $23.5m over each of the next three years with a vesting option on the fourth, the Phillies have interest league-wide now from New York, Texas, Houston (Hamels would apparently block a trade here), and all sorts of places that aren’t Boston.

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FBI investigates St Louis Cardinals over claims they hacked rivals Houston Astros

  • Cardinals said to have stolen player information
  • Team has been one of baseball’s best in recent times

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating members of the St Louis Cardinals organization to see if team executives hacked into databases maintained by the Houston Astros, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

If Cardinals employees did indeed hack into the Astros files it would be the first known case of a sports team penetrating the secret communications of another team. It would also signal a new era of information tracking in an industry where the tiniest piece of information could be worth tens of millions of dollars.

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The punchline Houston Astros are no more. Oh, how they will be missed

The Astros are on a roll but no so long ago they were must-watch TV, even if you watched through your fingersThe Houston Astros as punchline is over. The team has won 10 out of 11 and are in first place in the American League West. They can pitch. They…