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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom speaks during a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the Boston Red Sox have hired former Tampa Bay Rays executive Bloom as chief baseball officer. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday because Major League Baseball doesn't like teams to make announcements during the World Series. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
October 25, 2019 - 6:43 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have hired Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom as their new chief baseball officer, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball doesn't like teams to make...
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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2018, file photo, Houston Astros Senior Director of Baseball Operations Brandon Taubman attends a baseball news conference in Houston. The Astros have fired Taubman for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters following Houston’s pennant-winning victory over the New York Yankees. (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)
October 25, 2019 - 4:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball is conducting a wider probe of the Houston Astros that goes beyond the assistant general manager who was fired this week for inappropriate behavior, concerned about the team's initial denial. Houston terminated manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday, saying he...
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Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz watch Washington Nationals' Juan Soto swing the bat before Game 3 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
October 25, 2019 - 1:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — NL Championship Series MVP Howie Kendrick is out of the Washington Nationals' lineup for Game 3 of the World Series. Kendrick was the designated hitter in the first two games, which were played in the ballpark of the AL team, the Houston Astros. Washington won both for a 2-0 lead...
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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez smiles during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals and the Houston Astros are scheduled to play Game 3 of baseball's World Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 25, 2019 - 11:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez feels laid back this October, no longer able to parry pressure by getting jacked on java. "I look at Starbucks and I have to close my eyes," the Washington Nationals manager said. Coffee used to be a half-dozen-a-day obsession: three in the morning, one before...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, Spanish-American chef José Andrés speaks during a "Get out the vote," rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton rally in Tampa, Fla. A day after President Donald Trump said he plans to attend Game 5 of the World Series, the Washington Nationals announced the ceremonial first pitch at that game will be thrown out by chef José Andrés, a vocal critic of Trump. (Andres Leiva/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)
October 25, 2019 - 11:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after President Donald Trump said he plans to attend Game 5 of the World Series, the Washington Nationals announced the ceremonial first pitch at that game will be thrown by chef José Andrés, a vocal critic of Trump. Andrés, a prominent local restaurant owner and...
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In this Oct. 15, 2019 photo, fans celebrate after the Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series to sweep, and to advance to the World Series. The unlikely World Series run of the Washington Nationals has become something unexpected: a unifying force in a city that hasn’t known much unity recently. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 25, 2019 - 9:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington is normally a city defined by its divisions, be they political, racial or economic. But the unlikely World Series run of the Washington Nationals has become something truly unexpected: a unifying force in a city that hasn't known much unity recently. Nationals red and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2018, file photo, Houston Astros Senior Director of Baseball Operations Brandon Taubman attends a baseball news conference in Houston. The Astros have fired Taubman for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters following Houston’s pennant-winning victory over the New York Yankees. (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)
October 24, 2019 - 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Houston Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters during a clubhouse celebration, announcing the decision in the middle of the World Series and putting a renewed spotlight on domestic violence in...
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Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto celebrates after their win against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 12-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 24, 2019 - 6:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Walking off the field after the final out, Juan Soto smiled as he approached manager Dave Martinez and held up a pair of fingers. "Two more," Soto told his skipper. By then, Minute Maid Park was nearly empty and mostly silent, except for a small clutch of fans behind Washington's...
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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, left, speaks with new manager Joe Maddon after a baseball news conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Maddon is returning to the Angels, where he worked as a coach before successful managerial stunts with baseball clubs in Tampa Bay and Chicago. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)
October 24, 2019 - 5:02 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon was a part of the Los Angeles Angels organization during most of its glory days, including that lone World Series championship in 2002. With many of his past players and future ones in the crowd Thursday, Maddon outlined his vision for trying to bring the Angels...
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President Donald Trump speaks about attending the World Series as he departs a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for auto racing great Roger Penske in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 24, 2019 - 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is planning to attend the World Series on Sunday if it goes to a fifth game. The president confirmed his plans Thursday while presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Roger Penske, a businessman and founder of one of the world's most...
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