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Cards to name bench coach Marmol manager

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The St. Louis Cardinals plan to announce Monday that bench coach Oliver Marmol will be promoted to replace fired manager Mike Shildt, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the team hadn't revealed the hiring publicy.

The Cardinals dismissed Shildt, the former National League manager of the year, over organizational differences on Oct. 14, a week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game. The Athletic first reported Sunday night that Marmol would be introduced the next morning.

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Astros' Valdez to face Morton in Game 1

HOUSTON (AP) Framber Valdez will start for the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday that Valdez would get the nod, but said the team has not decided on a starter for Wednesday's Game 2.

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Braves-Astros to meet in World Series

HOUSTON (AP) Freddie Freeman swinging onto baseball's biggest stage for the first time, Jose Altuve & Co. back for more. Luis Garcia, Framber Valdez and a fresh set of Houston arms facing Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley and these eager, young Atlanta bats.

And the endless quest for Mr. Dusty Baker.

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Rosario hits 3-run HR, named NLCS MVP

ATLANTA (AP) Eddie Rosario talked the other day about his lucky lumber, a 33 1/2-inch, 31-ounce Chandler Bat that started to heat up with a four-hit night in mid-September.

"I've been using that bat that I hit for the cycle with and it has not disappointed," he said through a translator after his second four-hit game of the NL Championship Series. "Man, this bat has not let me down yet."

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Dodgers' offseason full of uncertainty

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers finally ran out of comebacks.

They won't have a chance to defend their World Series title after losing to the Atlanta Braves in six games in the NL Championship Series. It might have been the last game together for such key veterans as Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Chris Taylor, who will become free agents after the World Series.

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Braves reach 1st World Series since 1999

ATLANTA (AP) Led by an unlikely hero, the Atlanta Braves are heading back to a place that used to be so familiar to them.

The World Series.

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Álvarez wins ALCS MVP after hitting .522

HOUSTON (AP) Two years after winning an AL Rookie of the Year Award, Yordan Alvarez has an AL Championship Series MVP to add to his trophy case.

The 24-year-old Cuban was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple for the Houston Astros in Friday night's pennant-winning 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. He drove in the go-ahead run and scored the second.

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Red Sox's season ends as bats stay quiet

HOUSTON (AP) Backs against the wall - occasionally by their own doing - these Boston Red Sox proved hard to pin down.

The Houston Astros finally got them for good Friday night.

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Willits latest to leave Yankees' staff

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Aaron Boone lost a fourth member of his staff when New York announced Thursday that first base coach and outfield instructor Reggie Willits will leave at the end of the year to become a volunteer assistant for Oklahoma's college baseball program.

A native of Chickasha, Oklahoma, Willits played for Oklahoma in 2002-03 and coached Binger-Oney High School to Oklahoma state championships in 2013-14.

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