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World Series features plethora of aces

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Now this is a serious World Series throw-down.

Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke vs. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin - all of them All-Star starters, still pitching at their peak.

It's a mound meeting that every fan can enjoy, the Houston Astros against the Washington Nationals.

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Altuve's HR sends Astros to World Series

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve, the 5-foot-6 driving force of Houston, delivered a swing that will play in Astros' highlights forever.

Altuve homered off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning and Houston outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second time in three years.

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Nats get 6 days off before World Series

WASHINGTON (AP) Doing a little research ahead of the World Series, Washington Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier came across some numbers that made him feel OK about his team's long layoff.

"I saw a stat today where there's been 12 times where teams have had five or more days off going into the World Series. And you know what the record was? 6-6," Dozier said. "So it's not that big a deal."

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Astros reliever Pressly reinjures knee

HOUSTON (AP) Astros shutdown reliever Ryan Pressly reinjured his right knee recording an out on the only pitch he threw in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series but says he'll be ready for the World Series.

Pressly came on with the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning Saturday night against the New York Yankees.

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Yankees lose fourth straight ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) A record-setting season by Savages in the Box ended with a string of strikeouts and another October bust for the New York Yankees.

For the first time since the 1910s, the 27-time champions have gone through an entire calendar decade without making it to a World Series.

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Braves 1B Freeman has elbow surgery

ATLANTA (AP) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow after a nagging injury that limited him late in the season and into playoffs.

The team announced Friday that Freeman underwent the procedure in New York. Dr. David Altchek cleaned out the entire right elbow joint, removing three fragmented loose bodies and cleaning up numerous bone spur formations that had developed in the slugger's elbow.

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Hinch: Sign stealing suspicion 'a joke'

NEW YORK (AP) Astros manager AJ Hinch blew his own whistle Thursday on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He's had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what's coming at the plate.

Hinch eagerly weighed in again on an issue that won't seem to go away this postseason. He was asked before Game 4 of the AL Championship Series about reports that indicated the New York Yankees suspected the Astros of whistling from their dugout during the opener to communicate pitch selection to their batters.

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Cubs shake up front office roles

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs shook up their player-development operation, with Matt Dorey taking over as senior vice president of player development and directors of pitching and hitting being appointed.

Dorey, Chicago's director of amateur scouting the past six years, was previously a scout for the Boston Red Sox and a college coach.

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Indians C Perez undergoes ankle surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians catcher Roberto Perez had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.

The team said Perez underwent the arthroscopic procedure Thursday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 30-year-old Perez is expected to be fully recovered by spring training in February.

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