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  • The floodgates are open on the MLB offseason. Every team was waiting to see where Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani would sign, and he made his decision on Friday when he joined the Los Angeles Angels. The following day, the New York Yankees took advantage of a Miami Marlins salary dump by trading for Giancarlo Stanton, uniting the home run leaders from both the American and National Leagues on the same team.
  • Jose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton finished their tremendous years by each taking home their first MLB MVP award on Thursday. For Altuve, the award caps a championship season with the Houston Astros, where Altuve developed into the American League batting champion over the last seven years. For Stanton, the National League home runs leader, winning MVP provided a more bittersweet moment in the wake of reports the lowly Miami Marlins are looking to trade him.
  • Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died on Tuesday at the age of 40 when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was a two-time Cy Young Award winner who was also widely respected for his work off the field, and his loss is being mourned beyond the baseball world.

    Flying was Halladay’s other passion, but one he couldn’t pursue until his baseball career was over. He was flying an ICON A5 when he crashed off the coast of Florida, and authorities found his body in shallow water.
  • It didn’t have the excitement of Games 2 or 5, but Wednesday’s Game 7 victory was the most meaningful one for the Houston Astros. The Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 to capture the franchise’s first World Series title since joining the league more than 50 years ago, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the hurricane-ravaged Houston area.
  • Game 5 of the World Series had a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of home runs. The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers combined for seven home runs on Sunday, raising the series total to a record 22 homers with at least one more game to play as Houston prevailed 13-12 to take a 3-2 series lead.
  • If Game 1 of the 2017 World Series was all about pitching, Game 2 was all about the home run. It took the Houston Astros until the ninth inning to hit a ball over the fence at Dodger Stadium, but the top of their batting order exploded for four home runs to win Wednesday’s extra-innings thriller and take control of the series from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • The weather isn’t the only thing red-hot heading into Tuesday’s World Series opener in Los Angeles, where temperatures are expected to reach summer levels. The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting the Houston Astros in the first World Series meeting between two 100-win teams since 1970, and both teams have the tools to make this a memorable championship.
  • The New York Yankees are on the cusp of a World Series berth following three wins at home in the ALCS. They will have an opportunity to close out the series in Game 6 on Friday, but to do so they will need to find a way to defeat the Houston Astros in Houston, which has yet to happen in the postseason.
  • The defending World Series champions lived to fight another day on Wednesday. Down three games to none to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs did just enough to avoid being swept out of the postseason unceremoniously after their historic championship run last season, winning 3-2 to force one more game at Wrigley Field.
  • The New York Yankees were down when they trailed the Cleveland Indians 2-0 in their ALDS series, but they weren’t out. The American League wild-card winner rallied to win two at home and capped the series on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory in Cleveland, securing a spot against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
  • Jose Altuve is coming off an incredible season for the Houston Astros that put him in the conversation for AL MVP, but it appears he saved his best for the playoffs. Altuve hit three home runs on Thursday to help the Astros open their postseason by beating the Boston Red Sox 8-2, becoming the 10th player in MLB history to accomplish the feat.
  • The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins put the wild in wild-card early on in Tuesday’s game, with four home runs combined over the first two innings and both starting pitchers gone by the end of the third. The Yankees eventually shut down Minnesota’s bats to prevail 8-4 and book a spot in the American League postseason, and the the Arizona Diamondbacks will host the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday to determine who will capture the wild-card spot in the National League.
  • Coming off a 103-loss season, the postseason was the last place the Minnesota Twins expected to be this year, but they secured the final American League wild-card berth on Wednesday. Although the Twins lost to the Cleveland Indians, they still clinched thanks to a Los Angeles Angels loss later in the evening, and their improbable run will carry on into October.
  • Aaron Judge’s rookie season has been filled with great moments—and a few low ones—but the thing he has done most consistently is hit the long ball. Judge became the first rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs when he hit a pair for the New York Yankees in Monday’s win over the Kansas City Royals.
  • The 2017 MLB season has turned into the year of the long ball with a record number of home runs, but that hasn’t stopped Chris Sale from reaching a rare pitching milestone.
  • The Houston Astros’ hold on the AL West division was never really in doubt, but that doesn’t make Sunday’s accomplishment any less significant. A win over the Seattle Mariners coupled with a Los Angeles Angels loss clinched Houston’s first division title since 2001 (and first in the American League) with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Astros join the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Dodgers as the fourth team definitely heading to the postseason.
  • The Cleveland Indians have surpassed the Houston Astros as the top team in the American League, and all it took was a franchise-record winning streak. Cleveland defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Sunday for its 18th straight victory, putting the Indians within reach of baseball’s all-time win streak record.
  • Hitting four home runs in one game is a feat rarer than pitching a perfect game, and J.D. Martinez became the 18th player in baseball history to do so, going 4-for-5 for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Monday’s 13-0 demolition of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Everything appears to be going right for Martinez and the Diamondbacks, who have won 11 straight—including four against the once-dominant Dodgers.
  • The Houston Astros already looked like the best team in the American League with one Cy Young winner in the starting rotation, but now they have two. The Astros acquired Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, just in time for him to be eligible for Houston’s postseason roster.
  • It wasn't quite 'Malice at the Palace' levels of inappropriateness that broke out at Comerica Park Thursday afternoon, but the dugout-clearing brawl that the Yankees and Tigers engaged in should certainly make the short list of messiest Detroit sporting matches.
  • It only took MLB umpires one day to get the commissioner’s attention with their protest against the abusive treatment they say they receive from players. The white wristbands worn by umpires during Saturday’s games were gone on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to sit down with the umpires at a later date.
  • Giancarlo Stanton crushed a 432-foot home run over the fountain at Marlins Park in the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Miami would lose the contest 9-4, halting its four-game winning streak, but Stanton extended his homer streak to six games, continuing the torrid pace of power-hitting he’s displayed over the last six weeks.
  • The Washington Nationals watched their season flash before their eyes on Saturday when Bryce Harper slipped on a wet first base after rain delayed their game against the San Francisco Giants. Harper’s left knee bent awkwardly as he tumbled to the ground, raising concerns of a possible ligament tear, but the team announced he suffered a significant bone bruise, meaning he could play again before the end of the year.
  • Eight shutout innings by Chris Sale helped the Boston Red Sox to their seventh straight win on Tuesday, a 2-0 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are third in the AL East, but Tuesday’s loss puts them six and a half games back of Boston, which looks like the team to beat in the division right now.
  • Two of the biggest teams in baseball bolstered their postseason chances at the trade deadline on Monday when the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers landed the two most-coveted pitchers available. The Yankees added Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics, while Los Angeles acquired Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, adding an ace to each team’s starting rotation.
  • With one double on Sunday, Adrian Beltre reached the rare milestone of 3,000 career hits. Only 30 other players have ever accomplished the feat, which is a testament to Beltre’s consistency and longevity. The 38-year-old third-baseman is in his 20th season and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, winning a gold glove in each of the last two seasons and batting over .300 on the otherwise-disappointing Texas Rangers.
  • If any team can afford to lose its top pitcher for a stretch of the season, it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have the best record in the National League and hold a massive lead in the NL West. The Dodgers weathered an injury to Clayton Kershaw last season before winning their fourth straight division title, and they will need to do so again with Kershaw likely to miss the next four to six weeks with a back injury.
  • Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox probably just want to forget they had anything to do with each other. Very little has gone right for Sandoval since he signed a massive deal with Boston in 2014, but he is still the same Sandoval who helped the San Francisco Giants win three World Series championships in five years, and the Giants are apparently willing to give him another chance.
  • The Minnesota Twins are hoping Bartolo Colon can bring some stability to the back end of their starting rotation, even if the 44-year-old only lasted four innings into his Twins debut Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Minnesota could be the final stop on Colon’s 20-season MLB journey, as the Twins were able to pick him up on a minor league contract after his release from the Atlanta Braves, and his first start with his new team could best be described as a mixed bag.
  • Until last Friday, Robinson Cano wasn’t even on the 2017 All-Star roster, but the Seattle Mariners slugger made his eighth appearance in the midsummer classic count. Cano was named MVP for putting the American League ahead 2-1 with a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning, leading to the AL’s fifth straight victory over the National League.
  • The Houston Astros have been the best team in the American League for the first half of the season, and they showed why on Sunday in a 19-1 drubbing of the Toronto Blue Jays. Houston’s high-powered offense hit five home runs against a parade of pitchers for the Blue Jays, who—like many teams in 2017—had no answer for the depth of the Astros.