By Larry Fine
(Reuters) – The Astros’ youth brigade set the tone with some deft small ball and finished off the reigning American League champion Kansas City Royals with home runs in claiming the upper hand in their AL Division Series.
“There’s no doubt the first inning set the tone and gave the team a little bit of an exhale, coming into an environment like this against the defending American League champions,” said Houston manager A.J. Hinch.
By Larry Fine
(Reuters) – The Chicago Cubs, who have gone 107 years without a World Series title, gave their long-suffering fans a shot of optimism with a victory in a do-or-die Wild Card game on Wednesday to reach the National League Division Series.
“It’s tremendous for the city, it’s been a while,” said Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, who threw a four-hit, complete game shutout in the 4-0 road win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Chicago has been waiting for this. But it’s only step one.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was one-and-done for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, as they were eliminated from Major League Baseball’s postseason by a 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in a do-or-die Wild Card playoff game.
“It stinks to lose,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “That’s the bottom line and it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Houston Astros blasted into the next round of the Major League Baseball postseason with a 3-0 shutout of the New York Yankees in their Wild Card playoff game on Tuesday.
Solo home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez backed the superlative pitching of Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who blanked the Yanks on three hits over six innings with seven strikeouts.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – From pitching powerhouses in Los Angeles and New York to booming bats in Toronto, from upstarts in Chicago and Houston to aging warhorses in the Bronx, an eclectic cast of clubs gear up for MLB’s playoff extravaganza.
Leading 10 teams into the October spotlight are top seeds St. Louis Cardinals (100-62) and Kansas City Royals (95-67), Midwest neighbors on the east and west edges of Missouri, who bring well balanced teams to their pursuit of the World Series.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Yankees reaching another post-season may seem like one of the most monotonous of baseball storylines, but not in 2015 and not with 40-year-old Alex Rodriguez leading the way.
The Yankees and Rodriguez, seen as over-the-hill heading into the 2015 campaign, returned to the post-season for the first time since 2012 with a 4-1 victory over their arch-rival Boston Red Sox on a rainy Thursday.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth’s twin win in the Tour Championship and FedExCup playoffs aptly ended a magnificent PGA Tour season for himself and the sport of golf which has enthusiastically embraced a new ‘Big Three.’
Spieth, 22, put his stamp on the 2014-15 season with five titles, including wins at the Masters and U.S. Open, a record $12 million in official PGA Tour earnings plus the $10 million FedExCup bonus, and the low adjusted scoring average.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Now that the Tour Championship and FedExCup playoffs are finished, many of golf’s top players are looking ahead to the next big event — the President’s Cup.
Jordan Spieth capped a stellar season to secure both the season-ending trophies on Sunday, along with reclaiming the world number one ranking and an $11.4 million pay-day.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth identified his heart rather than his swing as the reason he was able to cap off a Player of the Year season by winning the Tour Championship and FedExCup playoffs jackpot on Sunday.
“I didn’t feel comfortable striking the ball whatsoever, today or this week,” Spieth told reporters after collecting $1.485 million for winning the tournament and $10 million for finishing on top of the FedExCup standings at East Lake.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Jason Day’s reign as world number one lasted one week as American Jordan Spieth reclaimed the top spot by winning the Tour Championship and FedExCup on Sunday, but the Australian is not fretting.
“To be able to win the major championship, the PGA Championship, and then also to get to number one has been a life-long dream of mine,” Day said after a closing 68 for two-under 278 and a tie for 10th, seven shots behind Spieth.