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ALCS: Astros’ Carlos Correa forces Game 6 with walk-off homer vs. Rays

ALCS: Astros’ Carlos Correa forces Game 6 with walk-off homer vs. Rays

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Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Carlos Correa kept the Astros' season alive with a walk-off home run off Rays reliever Nick Anderson, giving Houston a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay in Thursday's Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. It was Correa's second career walk-off homer in the postseason, making him the third player in MLB history to accomplish that feat. With his game-winning blast, the Astros avoided elimination and trimmed the Rays' daunting three-game series lead to 3-2. Advertisement Game 6 of the ALCS is set for Friday. Houston is just the fourth team to force a Game 6 after dropping the first three games of the series. The 2004 Boston Red Sox are the only team in major league history to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Geo...
Twins sign free agent pitchers Rich Hill, Homer Bailey

Twins sign free agent pitchers Rich Hill, Homer Bailey

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Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Twins bolstered their starting rotation Tuesday, signing free agent pitchers Rich Hill and Homer Bailey. Bailey and Hill each agreed to one-year deals with the American League Central franchise. Sources told MLB.com and ESPN Bailey's deal is worth $ 7 million, while Hill's contract is worth $ 3 million. Hill, 39, is not expected to play until midseason after having arm surgery. The left-handed pitcher posted a 2.45 ERA and 4-1 record in 13 starts last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The veteran starter owns a career 3.82 ERA with a 65-42 record in 284 appearances. Hill played for the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics, in addition to his multiple tenures with the Dodgers. Hill worke...
Watch: Jose Altuve hits walk-off homer vs. Yankees, sends Astros to World Series

Watch: Jose Altuve hits walk-off homer vs. Yankees, sends Astros to World Series

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Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Jose Altuve belted a two-run homer off New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, sending the Houston Astros to the World Series. Altuve was named ALCS MVP for his performance. Houston hosts the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series at 8:08 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The Astros used stellar defense and an early home run to take control of the game at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Yankees first baseman D.J. LeMahieu tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the ninth frame before Altuve gave the Astros a 6-4 victory with a 406-foot bomb to left field. "In the at-bat, I just wanted to get a good pitch to hit," Altuve told Fox Sports. "I wanted to be on time for the fastball but I was looking fo...
NFL Draft: Minor Leaguer credits anger of Giants’ Daniel Jones pick for 3 homer game

NFL Draft: Minor Leaguer credits anger of Giants’ Daniel Jones pick for 3 homer game

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April 26 (UPI) -- A Minor League Baseball player credited his anger over the New York Giants' first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft as the reason he recently hit three home runs. Tim Locastro went yard three times in Triple-A Reno's 15-5 win against Fresno on Thursday at Greater Nevada Field in Reno, Nev. After the game, the Aces right fielder from Auburn, N.Y. let his displeasure known about the Giants' decision to pick Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Jones was not expected to be the second quarterback taken in the field on Thursday in Nashville. "If I'm being completely honest with you, we were watching the NFL Draft before the game," Locastro told MiLB.com. "I'm a huge Giants fan, and I was a little upset with their pick." "I sort of had tha...
Daniel Murphy homer lifts Washington Nationals over New York Mets

Daniel Murphy homer lifts Washington Nationals over New York Mets

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NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy continued to torment his former team Saturday night, lacing the tiebreaking homer leading off the 10th inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. The National League East champion Nationals (93-61) snapped a two-game losing streak. Washington entered Saturday 5 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NL. The Mets (66-88) have lost four of five and nine of 12. Murphy's homer off rookie right-hander Jacob Rhame (0-1) was his ninth in 37 games against the Mets, with whom he spent the first eight years of his career before signing with the Nationals following the 2015 season. With his 2-for-4 effort Saturday night, Murphy is now batting .393 against New York. Sammy Solis (1-0) threw...