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Altuve, Correa HRs lift Astros by BoSox

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HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa paused a few seconds at the plate and tapped the spot on his wrist where a watch would be.

"It's my time!" the Houston Astros star screamed.

That it is.

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Dodgers plan to start Scherzer in Game 1

ATLANTA (AP) Max Scherzer is lined up to throw the Los Angeles Dodgers' first pitch in the NL Championship Series only two days after delivering the final pitch in their NL Division Series-clinching win.

Unusual? Yes. And yet no one is surprised.

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Cubs hire Cleveland's Hawkins as new GM

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs hired Carter Hawkins as general manager on Friday, dipping into Cleveland's front office in an effort to bolster their own player development system.

The 37-year-old Hawkins spent 14 seasons with Cleveland, including the last five as an assistant general manager. He also supervised the team's player development department.

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Giants' special season ends abruptly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Only the San Francisco Giants themselves envisioned a season with success quite like this.

They were all but an afterthought given the defending World Series champion Dodgers and San Diego Padres had been heavy favorites to win the NL West out of spring training. The Giants instead captured their first division crown since 2012 by holding off eight-time reigning NL West champ Los Angeles on the final day.

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Cards fire Shildt despite playoff berth

The Cardinals fired former National League manager of the year Mike Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game.

Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the firing was "something that popped up recently," but he refused to expand on what he called "philosophical differences" between Shildt, the coaching staff and the front office.

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SS Anderson says he wants La Russa back

CHICAGO (AP) White Sox star Tim Anderson made his feelings clear about manager Tony La Russa. He wants the Hall of Famer to return for another season in Chicago.

"I want him to be back," Anderson said Thursday. "At the end of the day, my decision doesn't really matter. I guess it all depends on what the front office thinks. ... I definitely want him in. I think he did a great job with the way he managed and just being open."

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Fosse, barreled by Rose at '70 ASG, dies

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ray Fosse, the strong-armed catcher whose career was upended when he was bowled over by Pete Rose at the 1970 All-Star Game, has died. He was 74.

Carol Fosse, his wife of 51 years, said in a statement online that Fosse died Wednesday after a 16-year bout with cancer.

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Rays P Hess having chemo for chest tumor

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher David Hess says he is starting chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumor in his chest.

Hess tweeted Wednesday that he went to an emergency room about a week ago after experiencing chest tightness and shortness of breath.

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Phillies hire Long as hitting coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies hired Kevin Long as their hitting coach on Wednesday, reuniting him with both manager Joe Girardi and star slugger Bryce Harper.

Long spent the past four seasons as the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, where he worked with Harper, and was part of the staff in 2019 when they won the World Series.

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