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Astros of 2015 reminiscent of '14 Royals — That's the part that should worry the Royals as they prepare to play the Astros in the American League Division Series beginning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1) in Kansas City after Houston qualified with a in the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Tuesday night in New York.

Astros' success starts with owner, GM — Jim Crane had a vision of what the Houston Astros could be from the moment he purchased the franchise almost four years ago. He entrusted that vision to general manager Jeff Luhnow. So this celebration of the franchise's first postseason appearance in 10 years begins with them. They never wavered from their vision.

Rangers carry Game 162 momentum into ALDS — The Texas Rangers had once more been pushed to the edge on Saturday. No big deal there. They'd played for weeks with the tension and stress of a season on the brink. What's one more punch to the gut? Maybe it only served to make this improbable division championship even sweeter.

Los Angeles Angels deliver thriller with rally — The Texas Rangers were on the top step of the dugout. This was going to be their moment. They'd come so far and worked so hard. They'd kept going when virtually no one believed they could make something out of this season. Only thing is, the Angels have dreams, too.

Astros aim to come through with season on line — Now it's about finishing the deal. The Houston Astros have come so far and surprised so many in this amazing season. So much youth and energy. Such a great ride. In the end, though, this final weekend of the regular season will define the previous six months.
Oct 02, 2015

The Astros have come so far and surprised so many. But this final weekend will define the previous six months.

Jeremy Affeldt is one of baseball's good guys — No player has ever represented baseball better than Jeremy Affeldt these past 14 seasons. As legacies go, that's about as good as it gets. Affeldt announced on Thursday that this season will be his last, and that he is ready to ride off into the sunset with his wife and three sons to start the next chapter of his life.
Oct 01, 2015

Saying goodbye to Jeremy Affeldt one of MLB's good guys via @mlb @sfgiants @JeremyAffeldt

Shin-Soo Choo's return to form fueling Rangers — For instance, he stepped to home plate in the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday with his Texas Rangers trailing, 2-0. One pitch later -- yes, one pitch -- he launched a home run to right field to make it a 2-2 game. Wait, there's more.
Sep 30, 2015

Shin-soo Choo's numbers are insanely good as the @Rangers sprint toward the postseason.

Sep 30, 2015

RT @richardjustice: Shin-soo Choo's numbers are insanely good as the @Rangers sprint toward the postseason.

Harper-Papelbon tussle result of high emotions — It's true that Bryce Harper does not always run full speed to first base. This is not a big deal. Trust me on this one. Context is critical. Sure, this habit occasionally annoys Harper's teammates. But most of them understand what Jonathan Papelbon apparently doesn't.

Astros not stressed by tight pennant race — He spoke these words in a happy clubhouse, moments after a over the Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. This is that time of the year when a season could be riding on every pitch. Every defeat feels catastrophic. And it's absolutely wonderful. "Bring this stress to me every year," Astros manager A.J.
Sep 27, 2015

Stress? What stress? The Astros might remember this as the most fun they ever have in baseball. via @mlb

Jeff Banister calmly guides Texas Rangers — HOUSTON -- In late July, Rangers manager Jeff Banister gathered his players in the visiting clubhouse in Anaheim. At the time, the Rangers had a losing record (45-49) and were 7 1/2 games out of first place in the American League West.
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Oct 06, 2015

RT @EricFisherSBJ: Attendance tonight at Yankee Stadium: 50113. Largest of the season.

Oct 06, 2015

RT @gmraynor: Tonight's attendance: 50,113. Largest number of the season here at Yankee Stadium.

Oct 06, 2015

RT @richarddeitsch: Jessica Mendoza has made this simple for ESPN management: She should be a fulltime booth analyst on one of its MLB teams next year.

Oct 06, 2015

RT @theaceofspaeder: #Astros Carlos Correa is 21 years & 14 days old. He is the youngest SS to start a postseason game since Travis Jackson…

Oct 06, 2015

RT @dschoenfield: Will Harris has been waived three different times in his career. Relievers. You never know.

Oct 06, 2015

RT @jonmorosi: Will Harris: drafted by Rockies, claimed on waivers by three teams (OAK, ARI, HOU) since April 2013. Credit to #Astros pro scouting.

Oct 06, 2015

RT @FollowThePadres: What Hinch preaches to catchers is 'surrounding' the ball to help make plate wider. It's working outside-in, bringing pitches back into zone

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