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George Springer Wins MVP With Record-Setting World Series For Astros

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As the Houston Astros won their first ever World Series title on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, there was little doubt that outfielder George Springer would be receiving the MVP trophy.

Here’s why:

What a no-brainer. Especially considering that four of his five dingers in the series tied the game or gave the Astros the lead (twice for each).

Overall in the series, Springer hit .379/.471/1.000 in the seven games; he also collected three doubles, five walks, and eight runs scored.

Springer’s two-run shot in Game 7 chased Dodgers starter Yu Darvish after recording just five outs for the second straight start, and gave the Astros a 5-0 lead at the time. This home run pretty much broke the game open, and gave Houston all the momentum they needed for the final seven innings.

The MVP’s Game 7 performance put him in some pretty limited company:

There’s no doubt that the Astros don’t win this year’s World Series without Springer who’s emerged as a top superstar in the league. He absolutely carried Houston’s offense during the Fall Classic. Only one other Astro who had at least 20 at-bats in the series (eight including Springer) hit higher than .233 (Carlos Correa, .276).

Overall in 18 postseason games this year, Springer hit .292/.386/.611 with seven homers and 12 RBIs. This followed a regular season that saw him set career highs in homers (34), RBIs (85), batting average (.283), slugging percentage (.522), and OPS (.889).

What a fun series to watch, and what a show Springer put on.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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