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SAN DIEGO — Manuel Margot always dreamed one day he’d have a game like this in a postseason game at Petco Park, hitting a home run one inning, and making a spectacular catch the next in front of his hometown fans. 

He just thought it would be in a San Diego Padres’ uniform. 

Well, there may have been no fans Monday, and he was playing in a different uniform, but he’ll take it, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros. The Rays, who have never won a World Series, now have a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. 

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Breaking down Astros’ Carlos Correa’s home run celebration

Carlos Correa already has hit four home runs in the Astros’ five playoff games this postseason, and each one has come with a show as he’s rounded the bases.

When he hit a walk-off home run to the beat the Yankees in Game 2 of last year’s American League Championship Series, he exhorted a sold-out Minute Maid Park crowd as he left the batter’s box, cupping his right hand to his ear, urging them to bring even more noise.

He’s adapted that same gesture in the playoffs this season, doing it along with third-base coach Omar Lopez whenever he makes the turn for home.


“With no fans in the stands this year, I decided to do it rounding third with the coach at third base,” Correa said after his home run celebration in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Oakland. “Just kind of like make it my

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A’s, Astros set MLB Division Series record for most combined home runs

A’s, Astros set MLB Division Series record for most homers originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

So. Many. Home. Runs.

Seriously, there have been 24 home runs in the A’s-Houston Astros AL Division Series between both teams through seven innings of Game 4. According to MLB.com’s Sarah Langs, that’s the most in a postseason series of five games or fewer:

Astros outfielder Michael Brantley’s second home run of the game was the record-setter … and also gave the Astros a 6-4 lead over the A’s in the bottom of the fifth

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For the Second Time in a Week, Athletics Facing a Win or Go Home Situation vs. Astros

For the second time in a week, the A’s season is down to one final game.

The A’s have lost the first two games of the best-of-five American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, and they either win Wednesday or the season’s over. The same would be true Thursday and Friday.

“Well, we just have to win tomorrow, and then we’ll worry about the next day after that,” manager Bob Melvin said after more failures from his hitters and starting pitchers. “So, we put all our efforts into tomorrow, and just think about tomorrow.

“Anything further than that is really kind of a distraction.”

Well, that and George Springer. The Astros center fielder had four hits Monday and came back with a pair of homers Tuesday, including a two-run shot off Oakland starter Sean Manaea. Springer had never homered off Manaea in 35 career at-bats, but he couldn’t have

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Dodgers didn’t want Astros using home clubhouse, glad A’s got top seed

Dodgers didn’t want Astros using home clubhouse in ALDS vs. A’s originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

MLB’s unprecedented season during the coronavirus pandemic ends with a playoff schedule where teams play at neutral sites across the country. 

The AL Divisional Series between the A’s and Houston Astros began Monday in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, with any home-field advantage in the best-of-five series extending only to the order in which the teams would pat.

However, when it came to where the Astros would have their lockers, the Dodgers didn’t want them placing their stuff in the home clubhouse.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser spoke to a Dodgers employee on Sunday who made it very clear they were happy the A’s were the higher seed, forcing the Astros to use the visiting clubhouse.

“Yeah, we definitely didn’t want Houston in our clubhouse,” the employee told Slusser.

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A’s, Astros go deep, deep, deep at Dodger Stadium

On a hot October afternoon at Dodger Stadium, in a baseball season of rampant strangeness, the A’s and Astros staged a 21st-century, playoff version of “Home Run Derby.”

That’s now an annual staple on the eve of the All-Star Game (in normal times), yes, and the original version also took place in Los Angeles. The television show was filmed at old Wrigley Field in December 1959, aired from January to July of 1960 and was abruptly canceled after host Mark Scott died of a heart attack.

The show featured a parade of legendary power hitters launching baseballs over the wall — from Hank Aaron and Willie Mays to Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks to Frank Robinson and Harmon Killebrew. Classic stuff.

Fast forward to Monday, when an encore broke out in Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the A’s and Astros. Each team smacked three homers as

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