Rays can’t beat 3 aces, finally fold in ALDS vs Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Unable to beat three aces in a row, the Tampa Bay Rays finally folded against Houston. It didn’t help that starter Tyler Glasnow was sure he tipped pitches in the first inning, when the Astros scored four fast runs. With baseball’s most inexpensive roster, the young Rays tried all they could to […]

Rays pummel Greinke, Morton clutch vs Astros to win Game 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Morton to the rescue, again. Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays got another clutch playoff performance from Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit to 2-1. Facing the team […]

Cole fans 15, Bregman homers as Astros top Rays 3-1

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s pair of aces dealt the Astros a pair of wins. Gerrit Cole carried his splendid September into an outstanding October with a 15-strikeout performance and Alex Bregman handed fans chanting MVP the mighty swing they craved. The Astros survived a wild ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on […]

Verlander, Altuve lead Astros over Rays 6-2 in ALDS opener

HOUSTON (AP) — Asked what went wrong for his Tampa Bay Rays, manager Kevin Cash invented a word. “We got Verlandered,” Cash said. Justin Verlander looked every bit the October ace, Jose Altuve polished his postseason resume and the Houston Astros kept rolling, beating the Rays 6-2 Friday to open their AL Division Series. The […]

October orbit: Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — As his teammates sprayed each other with champagne and beer in Houston’s buzzing clubhouse, ace Justin Verlander stayed clear of the fray and foam while enjoying a cigar. This wasn’t the time to get soaked. Bigger parties lie ahead. The Astros are back in an October orbit. The defending World Series champions […]

Miller stumbles, Indians fall into 2-0 ALDS hole vs Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Two Octobers after sparking a reliever revolution, Andrew Miller came up empty.Miller failed to get an out in relief of starter Carlos Carrasco, allowing a go-ahead double to Marwin Gonzalez as the Cleveland Indians lost to Houston 3-1 Saturday and fell into a 2-0 AL Division Series deficit. “I wasn’t good,” Miller […]

Springer, Astros hit 4 HRs, down Indians 7-2 in ALDS opener

HOUSTON (AP) — It’s October and George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are all hitting home runs once again, helping the Houston Astros to a postseason win. A year after launching a World Series-record 15 homers in winning their first championship, the Astros picked up right where they left off, hitting four home runs […]

Altuve hits 3 homers, Astros beat Red Sox 8-2 in ALDS opener

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve had just arrived in the Astros dugout after launching his third home run of the game when George Springer grabbed his right biceps and examined it, as if searching for an explanation for his teammate’s extraordinary pop. “He makes sure he stays on top of his gym routine, whatever it […]