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HOUSTON—Remember the Houston Astros? You know, that team that roared to a 42–16 start, but lost its Flavor-of-the-Month popularity as the Cleveland Indians literally shook the rafters of Progressive Field with a once-in-a-lifetime winning streak? The team that faded as the Los Angeles Dodgers lapsed into the most overrated, over-analyzed losing streak in baseball history, and as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox reminded us that as rivalries go, Yankees-Red Sox is so reliable that you can set your smartwatch to it?

Houston faded from national view in large part because of a 20–22 downturn that hit it shortly after the All-Star break. Well, in those 42 games, shortstop Carlos Correa played in none of them because of an injured thumb, and presumptive playoff starters Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers started only nine of them. That was no time to judge Houston.

 

 

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Fall practices for LSU baseball will begin Oct. 1 with the Purple-Gold World Series set for Nov. 7-10, the school announced Tuesday.

The Tigers return six position players from the every-game lineup last season but will have 18 new players on the 35-man roster, which LSU coach Paul Mainieri said is unique.

“Literally more than half of your entire roster will be brand new,” he said in a release from the school. “We have a lot of work to do and we probably won’t enter the season as highly-touted as we were this past year. I feel very confident in this group, though, and I’m really looking forward to working with them.”

LSU began last season as a consensus top-5 team and reached the best-of-three championship round of the College World Series.

The Tigers this season will have 11 new pitchers sand three new catchers, Mainieri said.

 

 

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Boston Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi singles in the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Xander Bogaerts and Blake Swihart scored on the play. Boston won 10-8 in 11 innings. Patrick Semansky AP Photo

Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single in the 11th inning, Mookie Betts had four RBIs and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games.

Xander Bogaerts homered and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who maintained their three-game lead over the second-place Yankees in the AL East and reduced to four their magic number for clinching a playoff berth.

Boston erased a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning and needed 10 pitchers to beat a skidding Orioles team that has now lost 10 of 12.

The Red Sox posted their major league-leading 14th win in extra innings against three losses.

 

 

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For Major League Baseball, 2017 has been a season of extremes. The Los Angeles Dodgers went on an extraordinary tear, winning 84 percent of the time during one 67-game stretch. Then they pulled a U-ie and lost all but one of their next 17 games. The Cleveland Indians entered the weekend Friday night having triumphed in 22 straight games, an American League record.

Much of the baseball world’s attention, though, is on a single player: Giancarlo Stanton, who plays right field for the Miami Marlins. He has been hitting home runs at a pace worthy of Roy Hobbs in “The Natural” — 54 of them going into the weekend. That has put him at the center of intriguing debates among the sport’s devotees.

 

 

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Four fans were ejected from Fenway Park in Boston after they unveiled an anti-racism banner over the Green Monster on Wednesday night.

“Racism is as American as baseball,” the sign said.

The banner was unfurled in the fourth inning, just above an advertisement for Foxwoods Casino. Umpire Joe West consulted with the police and security about the sign because it was in fair territory. It was taken down and the fans were removed peacefully within minutes.

No arrests were made in the incident.

The Red Sox said in a statement: “During the fourth inning of tonight’s game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park.”

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Just two years ago, Matt Harvey was on top of the world. Despite Tommy John surgery in 2014, he looked like his old self in ’15, posting a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189 1/3 innings. He had helped the Mets win their first pennant in 15 years as part of the game’s best young rotation and briefly staved off elimination in Game 5 of the World Series (only to lose it in the ninth). He was 26 years old and in the prime of his career, and a big payday was on the horizon; after the 2018 season, he would enter the free-agent market as arguably its best available pitcher, ready to command a contract worth $100 million or more.

Fast forward to today, though, and all the optimism surrounding Harvey is gone. After struggling in the first half and then missing the back half of the 2016 season due to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Harvey has spent most of ’17 either on the disabled list with arm troubles or on the mound getting his brains beaten in. His ERA on the season is an appalling 6.59. Since returning from the disabled list at the beginning of September after missing two months due to a stress fracture in his shoulder, he’s been torched for a 13.19 ERA in 14 1/3 innings. On Monday night in Miami, he was lit up for seven runs on 12 hits (including this majestic home run by Giancarlo Stanton) in just four innings in an eventual 13–1 defeat. In the start before that in Chicago, he was tagged for five runs in 3 1/3 frames in a 17–5 loss.

 

 

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The University of Kansas will ask the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday to approve a $12 million overhaul of the Jayhawks’ baseball stadium and for permission to build a new $10 million volleyball center on the campus in Lawrence.

Both projects would be privately financed and designed to enlarge seating for baseball games and volleyball matches to serve at least 3,000 fans.

The intent is to enhance 2,500-seat Hoglund Ballpark by ripping out metal bleachers to make room for 2,000 stadium seats and eight luxury boxes with a capacity of 40 people apiece. About 1,000 bleacher seats and 80 field-level seats would be placed along the left field line. Concessions and restrooms would be upgraded within a new concourse, and a new press box would be installed.

 

 

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The new Pierre college-level summer league baseball team, 26 strong, will begin play on May 25, using wooden bats like the big leagues, living with host families and playing half their 64 games at home in “gorgeous” Hyde Stadium where 500 and more fans will cheer them on.

That’s the picture painted by Steve Wagner on Monday as he stood in front of the Hyde Stadium diamond during a news conference announcing the Expedition League’s Pierre team.

A Minneapolis business owner, Wagner is organizer and president of the Expedition League which he says has 10 teams with owners, including him and his wife, Connie, who own the teams in Pierre and Dickinson, North Dakota.

 

 

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A panoramic view of Busch Stadium during the national anthem before the Opening Day game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS • The Cardinals will start the 2018 season earlier than they ever have and return from the All-Star break earlier than any team, Major League Baseball revealed Tuesday afternoon with the release of next summer’s schedule.

Many of these details were already reported a month ago by The Post-Dispatch, but the official release confirms the paper’s report.

Two changes to the schedule as negotiated in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement impact the Cardinals:

First, they open on a Thursday, March 29 at Queens against the New York Mets. It is the earliest opening for the Cardinals, and it reflects how the players’ union wanted to assure more off days through the course of the season.

 

 

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Ready for Derek Jeter vs. the New York Yankees?

Ready for round 2 between Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge?

Assuming the Marlins don’t trade their star slugger this offseason, both could happen next season.

Major League Baseball released its 2018 schedule on Tuesday afternoon and it included a pair of two-game, home and home series between the Marlins and the Yankees.

 

 

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