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World Series Game 3 Recap: Astros Light Up Darvish To Take 2-1 Lead Over Dodgers, McCullers Jr. And Peacock Step Up

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The Houston Astros are up 2-1 in this year’s World Series after winning 5-3 last night over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yu Darvish started for LA and had maybe the worst game of his career. After an 18-pitch scoreless first, he was unable to make it through the second inning as Houston torched him for four runs on five hits that frame, all starting with a solo home run from Yuli Gurriel. After allowing a two-out double to Jose Altuve, Darvish’s night was over after 49 pitches.

It marked the shortest outing of the 31-year-old’s career.

Here’s a recap of the Astros’ second inning:

Lance McCullers Jr. was solid for the Astros, going the first 5 1/3 innings for his first career postseason win. He allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three (all against Cody Bellinger).

Brad Peacock relieved McCullers in the sixth with runners on second and third and one out. Both inherited runners scored to make it 5-3 Astros and close the book on McCullers, but Peacock gutted it out for the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and striking out four for his first career save.

It was a significant one at that:

Houston’s win improved their postseason home record to 7-0, joining the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies as the only two teams to do that:

As it turns out, history is in the Astros’ favor. They’re now the eighth team to win at least seven home games in a postseason, and the previous seven all won the World Series.

Houston tacked on a run in the fifth inning to conclude their scoring; Los Angeles scored one in the second and two in the sixth.

Cody Bellinger went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts for LA, making him the youngest player with a golden sombrero in the World Series since Mickey Mantle in 1953.

Game 4 is set for tonight in Houston at 8 PM ET, with a scheduled pitching matchup of Dodgers’ Alex Wood vs Astros’ Charlie Morton. Stay tuned for a preview coming soon!

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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