Fans at Nats Park cheer from afar as the boys win title in Houston

Fans at Nats Park cheer from afar as the boys win title in Houston
The Nationals won their first world championship Wednesday night, coming back from an early deficit to stun the Astros and their fans in a 6-2 victory in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Some 1,413 miles away in rainy Nationals Park, an a crowd estimated at more than 30,000 watched the game on the big screen and cheered for their team so everyone in the state of Texas could hear. The rain intensified as the night wore on, but so did the noise when Anthony Rendon...
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Nats need offense to ignite for shot at Game 6 win

Nats need offense to ignite for shot at Game 6 win
The Nationals look to pull off the big upset again tonight as they return to Minute Maid Park for Game 6 of the 2019 World Series against the Astros. They have one of their top starters heading to the mound in Stephen Strasburg, who has put together a 4-0 record with a 1.93 ERA in five games this postseason. His career record in postseason play is astounding: 5-2 with a 1.34 ERA in eight games (seven starts) with 64 strikeouts in 47 innings. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman on his confidence level...
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Suzuki updates hip flexor injury: "It's getting better"

Suzuki updates hip flexor injury: "It's getting better"
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki updated his status for Game 6 of the World Series after sitting out two games with a hip flexor injury. "It's getting better," Suzuki said Monday afternoon before the team's charter left D.C. bound for Houston. "Obviously, got the treatment and stuff like that and it's progressing. We'll see. Going to do some stuff today and we'll figure out more tonight after we get into Houston about tomorrow. Everything is looking good so far." Suzuki, who hit a home...
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Even with a career high in starts, Strasburg ready for biggest one

Even with a career high in starts, Strasburg ready for biggest one
The Nationals now move to Game 6 in Houston, down three games to two in the best-of-seven World Series. They face an elimination game versus the Astros on Tuesday night, their fourth of these playoffs. And they have their second ace on the mound in an attempt to survive. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been very good this postseason, rolling up a 4-0 record with a 1.93 ERA in five game (four starts). In his first World Series start against the Astros last week, Strasburg allowed just two...
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Ross was close to striking out Correa second time before game-changing blast

Ross was close to striking out Correa second time before game-changing blast
After Max Scherzer was felled by neck and trapezius spasms early Sunday morning, right-hander Joe Ross was pressed into service as an emergency starter and did his best to keep the Nationals in Game 5 of the World Series. But a pair of two-run homers were more than enough for the Houston Astros, as they took control of the series with a 7-1 victory at Nats Park before 43,910. They now lead the best-of-seven series three games to two. Yordan Alvarez smacked a two-run shot in the second and...
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Alvarez homer starts off scoring in Game 5 (Nats fall 7-1)

Alvarez homer starts off scoring in Game 5 (Nats fall 7-1)
The Astros struck first in Game 5 of the World Series off Nationals starter Joe Ross. With one out in the second, Yuri Gurriel reached base thanks to an infield single that glanced off of Ross. Yordan Alvarez, making his first start in the series in the field, belted a two-run homer to left-center field. The Nats started the second inning in promising fashion with singles from Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick. But right-hander Gerrit Cole struck out Ryan Zimmerman and Victor Robles grounded into a...
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Suzuki rested and available for Game 5, but Martinez sticks with Gomes

Suzuki rested and available for Game 5, but Martinez sticks with Gomes
The Nationals were able to get catcher Kurt Suzuki a full day of rest Saturday after he tweaked his right hip flexor in Game 3 of the World Series against the Astros on Friday night at Nats Park. Yan Gomes caught on Saturday during the Nats' 8-1 setback that evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. He'll be behind the plate again tonight catching Joe Ross, who was handed the starting assignment when Max Scherzer was scratched with spasms in his neck and right trapezius...
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Scherzer prepared to "stay in the moment" in tonight's crucial Game 5 start

Scherzer prepared to "stay in the moment" in tonight's crucial Game 5 start
In Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 22, Nationals ace Max Scherzer ended up throwing 112 pitches to record 15 outs. The Astros scored two runs in the first inning. But after that, Houston managed only three hits off Scherzer. The Nats held on for a 5-4 victory. Manager Davey Martinez said Scherzer has been working since right after Game 1 to this point devising a plan for adjustments to the way he went after Houston that first time around. "After the first game, he's already sat down and...
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Rookie hurler delivers shutdown performance as Astros square World Series

Rookie hurler delivers shutdown performance as Astros square World Series
Rookie pitcher José Urquidy pitched five shutout innings and Alex Bregman hit a grand slam Saturday night as the Houston Astros tied the World Series with an 8-1 win against the Nationals in Game 4. The Astros win guarantees the best-of-seven series, tied at two games apiece, will have a Game 6 on Tuesday in Houston. Game 5 is Sunday night at Nationals Park with the Astros' Gerrit Cole pitching against Max Scherzer, a rematch of Game 1. Urquidy, 24, who was the Astros' opening day starter...
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Waiting on Corbin, Astros jump out to early lead in 8-1 win

Waiting on Corbin, Astros jump out to early lead in 8-1 win
From the first seven batters he faced, it was not a smooth start for Patrick Corbin. The Astros put together four base hits in a row, scoring two runs in the first inning. Then Astros backstop Robinson Chirinos blasted a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Houston built an early 4-0 lead in Game 4 of the World Series, cruising to an 8-1 victory to even the best-of-seven Fall Classic at two games apiece. The Nationals southpaw battled back, recording nine outs in a row to end his outing, but with...
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Astros greet Corbin rudely in the first (Nats fall 8-1)

Astros greet Corbin rudely in the first (Nats fall 8-1)
World Series Game 4 certainly did not start the way the Nationals manager Davey Martinez had hoped. He wanted early runs, just not by the Astros. Facing left-hander Patrick Corbin in the first, Houston connected on four straight singles, highlighted by an RBI base knock by Alex Bregman and an infield single from Yuri Gurriel that scored another run. Corbin wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing a double play ground out to third baseman Anthony Rendon. Houston scored two runs and pounded...
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Martinez and Nats prepare for unknown in Urquidy

Martinez and Nats prepare for unknown in Urquidy
The Nationals are preparing for World Series Game 4 tonight and an unfamiliar foe in 24-year-old José Urquidy. The right-hander is making his first start since Sept. 27 in Los Angeles against the Angels. Urquidy threw 2 2/3 innings in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He has a 2.08 ERA in two games this postseason. Nationals manager Davey Martinez said facing an opponent and their bullpen is a unique challenge...
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Corbin rested from Game 1, ready to take ball for Game 4 start

Corbin rested from Game 1, ready to take ball for Game 4 start
The Nationals dropped their first playoff game in their last nine - and first at home since Oct. 6 - in Friday night's 4-1 setback to the American League champion Astros in Game 3 of the World Series. Tonight they will hand the ball to Patrick Corbin, who finished off the Cardinals 7-4 on Oct. 15 and has already recorded three outs in Game 1 of this series. Corbin said the 21 pitches he threw in Game 1 amounted to an in-game bullpen session and believes he is well-rested for this next...
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Sánchez battles location all night in 4-1 loss to Astros

Sánchez battles location all night in 4-1 loss to Astros
Aníbal Sánchez was hit fairly consistently throughout the night, as the Astros scored four runs off the Nationals right-hander to build their lead in Game 3 of the World Series. The veteran ended up allowing 10 hits as Houston won 4-1 over the Nationals. Michael Brantley had a pair of run-scoring singles, Josh Reddick added an RBI hit and Robinson Chirinos smacked a solo homer off the netting of the left field foul pole as Houston went up 4-1 in the sixth. The Astros had three extra-base...
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Astros seeing Sánchez well early on (Nats fall 4-1)

Astros seeing Sánchez well early on (Nats fall 4-1)
The Astros tallied a run in second inning of Game 3 of the World Series, thanks to three hits in a row against Nationals right-hander Aníbal Sánchez. Carlos Correa doubled to left field. Josh Reddick dropped in a single to score Correa and Houston led 1-0. The throw home from Juan Soto went over the head of catcher Kurt Suzuki, allowing Reddick to take second. Robinson Chirinos singled to put men on the corners. Zack Greinke's sacrifice to third base put two runners in scoring position....
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Long layoff no big deal for Sánchez, and he's ready to go in Game 3

Long layoff no big deal for Sánchez, and he's ready to go in Game 3
Tonight the Nationals host a World Series game for the first time in their franchise history. Nats manager Davey Martinez has selected veteran right-hander Aníbal Sánchez to face off against Zack Greinke and the Astros. This will be Sánchez's third start in the postseason. He started Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, going 7 2/3 shutout innings and allowing one hit in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals. He is 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA over 12 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts and...
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Hudson and Doolittle fine with sharing closing role

Hudson and Doolittle fine with sharing closing role
The strength of the Nationals bullpen heading into the World Series boils down to Daniel Hudson and Sean Doolittle. Hudson has been a difference maker for the 'pen since his arrival July 31 in a trade with the Blue Jays. Hudson not only provided an arm that could close games but also brought the endurance to be a reliever that could extend past one inning if needed. Doolittle said Hudson's addition changed everything for him. Doolittle missed 12 games in late August due to right knee...
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A primer on the Astros, Nationals' opponent in World Series

A primer on the Astros, Nationals' opponent in World Series
The Astros will play in their third World Series, and their second in three years, when the Fall Classic opens Tuesday night in Houston's Minute Maid Park. The Astros won 107 games and are champions of the American League West. They beat Tampa Bay in a five-game American League Division Series and then beat the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, just as they did in 2017. It's well documented that Washington is playing in the World Series for the first time since 1933 and trying to win its...
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Nats want to make sure Big Four can handle workload of long series

Nats want to make sure Big Four can handle workload of long series
With the Nationals facing off against the Astros for the 2019 World Series crown, it is matchup that features the two best starting staffs in baseball. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin face off against Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke. And don't forget about Aníbal Sánchez. The Nats have the staff to keep them in games, the major key to their run in these playoffs. "Obviously, a dream staff," said catcher Kurt Suzuki. "Three guys that strike out over...
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What O's can learn from Astros, plus more on last night

What O's can learn from Astros, plus more on last night
Now that Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal have come from the Houston Astros to the Orioles, O's fans are wondering and of course hoping the two can take some of what worked there and make it work here. Maybe even more so after last night's 23-2 loss to Houston. The Orioles suffered their most lopsided loss of the year, allowing season highs in runs and hits. It was just the fourth time in team history they've allowed 23 or more runs in a game. Houston lost 106 or more games every year from 2011 to...
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