The Houston Astros are in the World Series for just the second time in franchise history after defeating the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in the seventh and deciding game of the American League Championship Series.
The Astros will play the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles. Ref. CNN.
The Astros -- whose first season was in 1962 -- are World Series champions for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 and completing a Fall Classic for the ages.
The damage in Game 7 included a two-run home run by George Springer to make it 5-0 in the top of the second inning. It was Springer's fifth home run this series, tying him for the most in a single Fall Classic with Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Chase Utley in 2009.
Springer was named Willie Mays World Series MVP.
The Astros ended the third-longest current MLB championship drought; the Cleveland Indians (69 years) and the Texas Rangers (57 years) continue to wait. Ref. CNN.
Jose Altuve sends Astros to World Series with pennant-winning walk-off home run. Altuve's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth of Game 6 gave the Astros a 6-4 series-clinching win over the Yankees. Houston will face the Washington Nationals in the World Series beginning on Tuesday. Ref. USAToday.
MLB hands down historic punishment to Houston Astros for sign stealing. Major League Baseball dealt the most severe punishment against a team in its history Monday by suspending Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year for their role in using electronic equipment to steal signs, while fining the organization $5 million and stripping them of first- and second-round draft picks in 2020-2021. Ref. USAToday.