Dallas Keuchel pitched three-hit ball for six baffling innings, Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez each homered, and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card game. The Astros now advance to the American League Divison Series, where they will face the defending league champion Royals. Game 1 is Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.
In describing what he will look for in a manager to replace Matt Williams, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo might have been pointing out exactly what he felt went wrong with the man he hired two years ago and fired Monday.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
The Star's Blair Kerkhoff, Vahe Gregorian and Andy McCullough analyzed the Royals' starting pitching rotation and roster options heading into the start of their American League Division Series on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.