Astros overcome adversity to come 1 win shy of World Series
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. walks out to the infield for the national anthem before Game 7 of a baseball American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)HOUSTON – The Houston Astros overcame injuries to several top stars and dealt with the fallout from their sign-stealing scandal to come a win shy of reaching the World Series for the third time in four seasons. The Astros fell into an 0-3 hole in the AL Championship Series before beating the Tampa Bay Rays in three straight games to force a Game 7. But their powerful offense was stifled by former Astros pitcher Charlie Morton in a 4-2 loss, and the Astros are heading home instead of to their second straight World Series. “I haven’t really thought about that yet,” the 2017 World Series MVP said.
Astros outlast Angels 6-5 in 11; Ohtani has arm discomfort
Before those two dramatic extra innings, Ohtani started the day by issuing five walks and getting only five outs before getting pulled from his second rough start of the season. That first inning was outstanding, said Angels manager Joe Maddon, who apparently wasn't aware Ohtani was headed for an MRI during his postgame interview. Any sustained absence would be a double blow to the struggling Angels, who use Ohtani as their designated hitter on most days between his pitching starts. After a strong eight-pitch first inning, Ohtani walked his first three batters of the second. UP NEXTAstros: Baker hasn't said who will start Tuesday night when the Astros open a three-game series at Arizona.
Houston Astros fire assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for taunting female reporters
"We were wrong," the Astros said in a statement, referring to the club's first claim that Taubman's "inappropriate comments were not directed toward any reporter." The Houston Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday after initially denying a news article that Taubman had taunted female journalists in the baseball team's clubhouse about the signing of a pitcher accused of domestic violence. Osuna, while playing with the Toronto Blue Jays, was arrested for alleged domestic violence in May 2018 against the mother of his young child. The Astro's denials were soon disputed by other reporters who had witnessed Taubman's outburst. Read the Houston Astros statement:cnbc.com
Astros deny exec taunted women reporters
(CNN) - The Houston Astros' front office ought to be talking about World Series preparations after a thrilling weekend win. An editor's note atop the Sports Illustrated story said the Astros declined to comment before publication but denied the allegation after the story was published. Despite the Astros' front office denying Taubman addressed the women in the locker room, the Houston Chronicle's Hunter Atkins and Yahoo Sports' Hannah Keyser said they witnessed the exchange. The Astros awarded Taubman a multiyear contract extension last month, according to reports. The Astros placed Osuna on their active roster Aug. 5, 2018, the day after his suspension ended.