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Astros, Braves set to open World Series

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HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman whipped the ball around during a crisp infield drill, then came together for a group hug near second base after finishing up Monday.

High above the diamond at Minute Maid Park, the sun gleamed off an oversized banner attached to a light tower.

"World Series Champions," it said, along with "17? and the Astros logo. And it was solid gold.

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Griffey Jr. purchases stake in Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is investing in the Seattle Mariners in a way he never has before.

He'll be part of the ownership group going forward.

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Cards name bench coach Marmol manager

As Oliver Marmol transitioned into a coaching career with the St. Louis Cardinals, it became clear he had the potential to become a big league manager one day.

That day has arrived - a little earlier than expected.

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Astros' McCullers out for World Series

HOUSTON (AP) Lance McCullers knew there was a "less than 1%" chance that he would be able to pitch in the World Series for the Houston Astros because of a forearm strain. The right-hander waited as long as possible, and didn't beat those odds.

"We remained hopeful," McCullers said Monday, when announcing the day before Game 1 against the Atlanta Braves that he wouldn't be on the Houston roster. "We tried to pushed it as far as we could, but just couldn't make it back to throwing,. ... There was no point to write me off before we had to."

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Astros' Baker chasing elusive crown

HOUSTON (AP) Dusty Baker, then manager of the San Francisco Giants, had just left the stadium after a crushing loss to the Anaheim Angels in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series when he met up with his father.

Johnnie B. Baker Sr. didn't mince words.

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Cubs name Astros' Bokhari assistant GM

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs continued to reshape their front office on Monday, hiring Houston Astros executive Ehsan Bokhari as assistant general manager.

The move comes a week and a half after the Cubs hired Carter Hawkins from Cleveland's front office as general manager to work under president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer.

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Red Sox optimistic after huge turnaround

BOSTON (AP) Rebuilding plans for the Boston Red Sox are ahead of schedule.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said Monday that going from last place in 2020 to within six wins of a championship shows the organization is back on the track that led to four World Series titles since 2004.

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Longtime Brewers coach Sedar retires

MILWAUKEE (AP) Longtime Milwaukee Brewers coach Ed Sedar has retired after a 30-year career with the organization.

Sedar, 60, had worked as the Brewers' first base coach from 2007-10 and third base coach from 2011-20. He spent this season as an adviser to the Brewers' major league coaching staff.

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World Series family affair for Snitkers

HOUSTON (AP) No matter how this year's World Series ends, a Snitker will get a championship ring.

This edition of the Fall Classic is a family affair with Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker in the dugout opposite his son, Houston Astros co-hitting coach Troy Snitker.

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