Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|A day later and the memories lingered for Astros rookie Carlos Correa.
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|The Astros are excited. Why not? They get to play another game on Wednesday.
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|It is not just another game for Astros rookie right-hander Lance McCullers. On Monday, he will take the mound at Minute Maid Park for Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Royals. A win, and the Astros celebrate advancing to the AL Championship Series. A loss, and the Astros heads back to Kansas City for a winner-take-all Game 5.
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|Ten years after the franchise's only World Series appearance, the 2015 Astros have given Houston something else to celebrate.
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|LaTroy Hawkins emerged from the challenges, having chosen baseball as his path to a better future when he graduated from West Side High School in Gary, Ind., in 1991.
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|The Astros are baseball's feel-good story this October. After a combined 416 losses the four previous seasons, they made it into the postseason this year. Impressive? Darn right. Satisfying? Not a chance. Not to manager A.J. Hinch.
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|With strong efforts from Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh, there's no win-or-else pressure facing Scott Kazmir in Game 2 of the ALDS. The Astros are a Kazmir afternoon of redemption away from heading home for Game 3 on Sunday with a 2-0 edge and Keuchel back on the mound with a chance to clinch a spot in the ALCS.
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|Amid the champagne celebrations of recent days, Dallas Keuchel, the ace of the Astros' rotation and a strong American League Cy Young Award candidate, admits there were haunting memories of the past.
More»Keuchel discusses Astros advancing on MLB Tonight|
|The Cubs are building momentum heading into the postseason. Will it matter? Success in the final month of the regular season carries with it no guarantee of similar results in the postseason, particularly since the advent of the Division Series and Wild Card in 1995.
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|Winning ugly? That might have been a cute catchphrase for the Chicago White Sox back in 1983. But there's nothing ugly about winning. That's something the youthful Astros are learning in their effort to make sure they don't turn into pumpkins.
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|One year ago on Tuesday, A.J. Hinch was hired to manage the Houston Astros. It was the day after the 92-loss 2014 season ended.
More»Hinch on Marisnick, Carter, final week of season|
|All games are not created equal. Yes, the Astros are playing one game at a time. They aren't looking ahead. They aren't looking behind. Some games, however, are bigger than others.
More» Carter, McCullers on Astros' victory|
|The Mariners were a Spring Training favorite to make it to the postseason, but after a disappointing season, they turn to Jerry Dipoto, who recently left the Angels, to turn things around.
More»Johns on the Mariners hiring Dipoto as the new GM|
|No, it is not time for the Dodgers to panic -- at least in terms of claiming the NL West title for the third year in a row.
More» Greinke holds Bucs to two over seven-plus|
|The St. Louis Cardinals have clinched their fourth postseason appearance in Mike Matheny's four years as manager, and are also in position to win the National League Central for the third year in a row.
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|Yes, the Pirates clinched a trip to the postseason for the third consecutive season with a 13-7 victory against the Rockies at Coors Field on Wednesday night. And yes, they recognized the moment, but it was with a subdued, closed-clubhouse gathering, where a toast was offered up to celebrate the moment.
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|Pirates closer Mark Melancon was an overnight sensation. It just took seven years for it to happen.
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|Sometimes fairy tales do come true. Sometimes everybody does live happily ever after. This time could be one of those times for A.J. Burnett and the Pirates after the veteran righty returned to the club the season after leaving as a free agent and spending 2014 with the Phils.
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|The Astros have taken a challenging road on their quest to put an end to a stretch of six consecutive losing seasons, while also looking to claim a postseason berth for the first time in a decade
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|In the final days of July, while the proclaimed contenders were working on deals to bolster their chances down the stretch, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was doing some window shopping. And Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels caught his eye.
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