Heat & greet: World Series warmup live in LA

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Heat & greet: World Series warmup live in LA

Dodger Stadium will be shining in the Southern California sun when the Dodgers and Astros report to work Monday to prepare for what is sure to be -- literally and figuratively -- a heated battle for baseball's top prize. Game 1 of the 2017 World Series presented by YouTube TV is on tap for Tuesday night, but first there is batting practice to take, decisions to make and rosters to reveal.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Astros-Dodgers: WS positional breakdown

First time since 1970 that two 100-win teams meet in Series

Astros-Dodgers: WS positional breakdown

On Tuesday, the Dodgers welcome the Astros to Los Angeles for Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV, and it's already a historic matchup. It marks the first time in nearly 50 years (since 1970, to be exact) that two 100-win teams have faced off in the Fall Classic, and we know that someone is going to end a long title drought. Either the Dodgers will win their first ring since 1988, or the Astros will win their first.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

World Series keeping it 100 (Tue., 8 ET, FOX)

World Series keeping it 100 (Tue., 8 ET, FOX)

This is a Fall Classic that keeps it 100. The Century Series is upon us.

We've become so accustomed to the anything-can-happen insanity of October that there is something weirdly refreshing about what's on tap in the World Series presented by YouTube TV. The Astros and Dodgers are staying true to the status of having reached the century mark in the win column and are perfectly punctuating a 2017 season in which their elite status was never in doubt.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hill, Darvish follow Kershaw in Series rotation

Dodgers lay out pitching plans for Games 2 and 3 vs. Astros

Hill, Darvish follow Kershaw in Series rotation

LOS ANGELES -- With the 2017 World Series presented by YouTube TV set to begin in two days, the Dodgers announced their Games 2 and 3 starting pitchers on Sunday.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Anthony Castrovince

10 reasons this fall will be classic

10 reasons this fall will be classic

For those of you who don't regularly watch the weather, the forecast for Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV calls for temperatures approaching 100 degrees.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

City close to Astros' hearts during WS run

City close to Astros' hearts during WS run

HOUSTON -- George Springer believed his home might have been destroyed. Only his teammates knew his level of worry, and if you had watched Springer play baseball for those few days, you would not have known.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox hire Astros coach Cora as manager

Red Sox hire Astros coach Cora as manager

BOSTON -- It has been quite the October for Alex Cora, who was officially named the 47th manager in Boston Red Sox history on Sunday. Cora and the Red Sox agreed to a three-year contract that will run through the 2020 season and includes a club option for the 2021 season.

However, Cora has some work to do at his existing job first. He is the bench coach for the Houston Astros, who are gearing up to play the Dodgers in the World Series, which starts on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Blast from the past: WS renews '80s NL rivalry

Dodgers, Astros squared off in Senior Circuit in 1980, '81

Blast from the past: WS renews '80s NL rivalry

In one way, at least, this World Series is unique in baseball history: We have never had a matchup of two teams that were once division rivals. This is only possible, of course, because the Astros are one of two teams -- along with the Milwaukee Brewers -- to switch leagues. The Astros were in the National League until 2013. They are the only team in baseball history to have won American and National League pennants.

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Joe Posnanski is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers confident Seager will start at shortstop

Infielder may serve as designated hitter when series shifts to Houston

Dodgers confident Seager will start at shortstop

LOS ANGELES -- As of now, the Dodgers are planning for Corey Seager to be active for the Fall Classic.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Mets to name Callaway manager

Indians' pitching coach will sign three-year deal with New York

Sources: Mets to name Callaway manager

Despite their 2017 struggles on the mound, the Mets remain a team built upon pitching. As such, they are importing an expert to replace Terry Collins, committing Sunday to hire Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their next manager, according to multiple sources. The Mets intend to finalize a three-year deal with Callaway on Sunday, with an official announcement to follow as soon as Monday.

The team has not commented on the move.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros or Dodgers favored by WS matchups?

Houston doesn't have standout lefty other than Keuchel, but also has righty-heavy lineup vs. Kershaw, Hill

Astros or Dodgers favored by WS matchups?

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers love to talk about matchups, and they use analytics to their advantage as well as any Major League club. It's one of the reasons why they've reached the Fall Classic.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arrieta: From playoff beard to clean shave

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Arrieta: From playoff beard to clean shave

 Over the past few seasons, Jake Arrieta played a big role on the Cubs -- both a dominant force atop the pitching staff, and the owner of one of the game's most fearsome facial hair situations. You know the look.

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Richard Justice

Luhnow's vision has Astros' eyes on prize

GM brought new approach to role, aced first Draft in 2012

Luhnow's vision has Astros' eyes on prize

HOUSTON -- This was the way Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow envisioned it working out. On a personal level, that's what this American League championship represents.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers up for challenge, confident vs. Astros

Dodgers up for challenge, confident vs. Astros

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' confidence heading into the Fall Classic hasn't wavered one day after finding out they'll be facing the Astros.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV Postseason Package available now

MLB.TV Postseason Package available now

The 113th World Series is here, and signups continue for the MLB.TV Postseason Package.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media has launched its annual postseason products. If you already are among the millions who have subscribed to MLB.TV as a regular-season way of life, then you already get the Postseason Package -- either the U.S. or International version listed below. Here are details of the three offerings now available.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Papi mimics John Sterling after ALCS Game 7

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Papi mimics John Sterling after ALCS Game 7

This past week has seen some pretty fierce competition on the diamond, leading to a World Series matchup between the Dodgers and Astros that will get underway with Game 1 on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on FOX). 

Inside the FS1 studio, though, another battle has been raging on as the postseason went along -- a battle of wits between former AL East rivals Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. Just a few days ago, A-Rod attempted to put his Yankees jacket on an unaware Ortiz ... but it didn't work out, in hilarious fashion

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Astros, Dodgers have gone through big changes

Both World Series clubs look much different than in their last LA meeting, in 2012

Astros, Dodgers have gone through big changes

A lot can change in five years.

Just look at the two teams who will clash on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, in Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV. The National League champion Dodgers and American League champion Astros, meeting in the first Fall Classic between two 100-game winners since 1970, both have turned dominant regular seasons into impressive postseason runs.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

One drought will end in Dodgers-Astros WS

LA seeks first title since '88, while Houston has yet to win it all

One drought will end in Dodgers-Astros WS

Then there were two. But not just any two.

Either the Dodgers or the Astros are set to end one of the longest active title droughts in baseball in the upcoming World Series presented by YouTube TV. And it's the first time in history the two franchises will meet in the Fall Classic.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Verlander named ALCS MVP after superb starts

Astros' co-ace has been crucial to club's run to World Series

Verlander named ALCS MVP after superb starts

HOUSTON -- To understand what Justin Verlander has meant to the Houston Astros, let's revisit the game that changed everything and helped catapult them into the Fall Classic.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Banged up' Turner sits out Sunday workout

Third baseman expected to be ready for Game 1 on Tuesday

'Banged up' Turner sits out Sunday workout

LOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Justin Turner missed Sunday's workout at Dodger Stadium after getting "banged up" in the National League Championship Series, said general manager Farhan Zaidi, who added that he's confident Turner will be ready to play when the World Series presented by YouTube TV starts on Tuesday.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

When facing Astros, LA's focus remains same

Dodgers say World Series opponent won't change game plan

When facing Astros, LA's focus remains same

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have had their eyes on the prize since the first day of Spring Training and the outcome of Saturday night's American League Championship Series finale, won by the Houston Astros, didn't change a thing.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cora hit an outfielder-assisted homer at Fenway

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Cora hit an outfielder-assisted homer at Fenway

On Sunday, the Red Sox officially announced that they'd agreed with Alex Cora on a three-year deal to be their new manager.

Cora, currently the Astros' bench coach, will be returning to the organization with which he spent four seasons of his 14-year career -- he was a role player for Boston from 2005-09.

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Girardi to assess his future with family

Yankees manager does not have a contract for 2018

Girardi to assess his future with family

HOUSTON -- Within faint earshot of the pandemonium and revelry taking place a few hundred feet away on the Minute Maid Park diamond, Yankees manager Joe Girardi addressed his players on Saturday evening, telling them how proud he was and expressing his belief that even brighter days are ahead for the franchise.

The next conversation of significance Girardi must have will take place in the coming days, as he plans to sit down with his family to discuss their personal future. Girardi's 10th season as Yankees manager expired with New York's 4-0 loss to the Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, and he does not have a contract for the 2018 season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smoke machine makes Papi want to return

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Smoke machine makes Papi want to return

Back in 2015, George Springer announced the official opening of Club Astros -- his name for the rollicking dance party that broke out in Houston's clubhouse after every win.

In the two seasons since, the club has taken on a life of its own, pumping music from Latin to rap to country and featuring everything from a fog machine to a strobe light. But all of that paled in comparison to Saturday night, when Club Astros had its best reason to celebrate yet: a 4-0 win in Game 7 of the ALCS that punched Houston's ticket to its first World Series since 2005.

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Y'all Classic! Astros oust Yanks in historic G7

Y'all Classic! Astros oust Yanks in historic G7

HOUSTON -- The deafening roars began on the first pitch thrown by Charlie Morton in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, and they didn't stop. Solo homers by Evan Gattis in the fourth inning and Jose Altuve in the fifth rocked Minute Maid Park, and a two-run double by Brian McCann later in the fifth sent the ballpark into a frenzy.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Callaway instrumental in Tribe's turnaround

Staff's numbers improved during his five years as pitching coach

Callaway instrumental in Tribe's turnaround

CLEVELAND -- Mickey Callaway blew Indians manager Terry Francona away during his interview to be Cleveland's pitching coach five years ago. Francona did not know Callaway previously, but his blend of energy, knowledge and passion made it clear that he was the man for the job.

Callaway never stopped impressing Francona, who began touting his pitching coach over the past few years as a future manager. That future arrived on Sunday, when multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com that Callaway is on the verge of being named the Mets' new manager. A three-year deal is expected to be finalized Sunday and could be announced on Monday.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros-Dodgers joins 100-win Series history

For 8th time, Fall Classic features pair of teams that hit century mark

Astros-Dodgers joins 100-win Series history

The Astros were the talk of MLB after posting a 42-16 record through June 5. Then, as soon as Houston lost some steam, the Dodgers rolled off the best 50-game stretch that baseball has had in more than a century.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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Mark Feinsand

Future bright for Yanks despite ALCS defeat

Cashman: New York 'will be one of the hunted, not one of the hunters'

Future bright for Yanks despite ALCS defeat

HOUSTON -- In the end, the Yankees were beaten by a better team.

And while the sting of Saturday night's 4-0 loss in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World is certain to stick with them for a while, it's impossible to look at this team and not believe the future is brighter for the Yankees than it's been in nearly a decade.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros to start Keuchel, Verlander in LA

AL champs opt for heavy 1-2 punch out of gate for World Series vs. Dodgers

Astros to start Keuchel, Verlander in LA

Fresh off capturing their first pennant in more than a decade, the Astros enter the World Series with their pair of aces ready to go against the National League champion Dodgers.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morton rewards Astros' faith with 5 scoreless

Game 7 starter proving to be an offseason steal for Houston

Morton rewards Astros' faith with 5 scoreless

HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton clung to the champagne flute in a display of celebration that was oddly curious, this dainty object in a clubhouse turned madhouse seemingly out of place among a mob of Budweiser bottles.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.