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The Houston Astros have had a season to remember: 107 regular season wins against just 55 losses. The Astros are heavy favorites to win their second World Series in three years. The series starts Tuesday evening.

Yet a celebratory rant by a senior executive after they clinched the pennant over the weekend has shifted attention to unwelcome subjects off the field, including domestic violence and the team's handling of female reporters.

The World Series will begin Tuesday night, as the Houston Astros host the Washington Nationals. The first pitch will be thrown at 8:08 p.m. ET, in a series between clubs that can each boast of having three aces.

The Astros clinched the American League championship by beating the New York Yankees on Saturday to win their second pennant in the past three years. Now they're hoping to win their second World Series and cement themselves as one of the best teams of the decade.

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander lifted both his arms aloft then bent to his knees with the clenched fists of a victorious warrior before his teammates thronged him from all sides.

Verlander was not just not marking any old win. The right-hander tossed a no-hitter Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Baseball’s trade deadline has come and gone. There was really only one blockbuster deal. The Houston Astros acquired pitcher Zack Greinke, a strong addition to a rotation that already features Justin Verlander.

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Houston Astros fans visiting the state Capitol Tuesday got a first-hand view of the World Series trophy the team won in November.


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For the first time ever, the Houston Astros are World Series Champions. The New York Times wrote that people listened on radios, in gutted rooms without carpet, in motels where they'd been made refugees in their own city.

The Houston Astros have won the World Series for the first time in team history. The victory came in a winner-takes-all seventh game.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks about the ins and outs of the game and the series with sports analyst Mike Pesca (@pescami), host of the daily podcast The Gist.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Here's something we have not heard before. The Houston Astros are World Series champions. Last night in Los Angeles, the Astros won the franchise's first-ever title by beating the LA Dodgers 5-1. Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET

The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series, winning their first championship crown in the team's 55-year history (and 56th season).

The Astros jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and held on for the rest of the game watching the Dodgers squander multiple opportunities to score.

"We held down a really tough lineup," said Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, who pitched four innings in relief, giving up the Dodgers' only run. He struck out four batters, walked one and earned the win.

Astros Take Command In World Series

Oct 30, 2017

The Houston Astros are now one win away from their first World Series title, after a crazy win in Game 5 Sunday night in Houston. They lead the series 3-2 after rallying to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 in 10 innings. They can wrap up the championship with a win Tuesday night in LA.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with NPR’s sports correspondent Tom Goldman (@TomGoldmanNPR).

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