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President Trump Congratulates Astros In White House Championship Visit



The Houston Astros were in attendance at the White House on Monday afternoon, as President Donald Trump declared their 2017 World Series championship “a victory for the ages.”

Trump had nothing but praise for the Astros during the 20-minute ceremony in the White House’s East Room. Per via audio, here’s a bit of what Trump had to say:

“[Game 7 of the World Series] was one of the greatest baseball game’s anybody’s ever seen. Tremendous for the sport, and it really is a reminder of why baseball is our national pasttime.

“To [owner] Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow, president Reid Ryan, skipper AJ Hinch, you’ve become very famous. AJ, you’ve become very famous, I have to tell you. That was a great job of skippering. And all of the players and staff, congratulations on your incredible victory. It was indeed. After the devastating Hurricane Harvey, it’s incredible with what you went through, that you’re the champions with what you went through, with Harvey. It’s a really befitting tribute.”

Full audio of the ceremony, beginning at 55:30, can be heard below:

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick posed with the President holding a team Trump jersey sporting a #17 to signify the franchise’s historic win:

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According to USA TODAY, the only Astros players not to attend were shortstop Carlos Correa and pitcher Ken Giles, both due to family obligations.

“I want to thank all the fans,” said Astros owner and CEO Jim Crane. “59 years, we’ve never won a World Series, Texas has never won a World Series, so we’re glad to finally deliver that for the state of Texas.”

Overall, a nice moment. I don’t think Trump meant to say Game 7 was “one of the greatest baseball game’s anybody’s ever seen” though; pretty sure he meant Game 5 in Houston.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy



New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.

Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado



Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson



The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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