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Astros defeat Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 to end 55-year championship drought

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The Astros have only been around since 1962, but their history is quite interesting. Some of the greatest players of all time have worn an Astros uniform, including Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, and Jeff Bagwell. The Astros switched leagues, moving from the NL Central to the AL West after the 2012 season. But one thing they had been unable to claim in their 55-year history was a championship.

That changed on Wednesday night as the Astros finally vanquished the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. They scored twice in the first inning and three times in the second against Yu Darvish, sustaining them over the remaining seven innings. For a recap of the scoring, click here.

Starter Lance McCullers wasn’t brilliant by any means, as he hit four batters, but he was able to execute pitches when he needed to most, which resulted in the Dodgers going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Ultimately, McCullers went 2 1/3 innings, yielding three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Brad Peacock got the final two outs of the third inning, then remained in the game until putting Dodgers on first and second with one out in the fifth inning. Francisco Liriano and Chris Devenski combined to clean up that mess, getting an out apiece.

Charlie Morton took the hill to begin the sixth and found himself in hot water, putting his first two batters on base via a single and a walk. With one out, Andre Ethier was able to sneak a ground ball single into right field to put the Dodgers on the board. Morton, however, buckled down and struck out Chris Taylor, then got Corey Seager to ground out. Morton then worked a 1-2-3 seventh and eighth.

In the ninth, Morton came back out for another inning of work. He struck out pinch-hitter Chase Utley, got Taylor to ground out weakly, and Seager to ground out to seal another 1-2-3 inning and the 5-1 victory.

The Astros defeated the Dodgers, who had baseballs best record. And they beat them at Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers compiled baseball’s best home record. The Astros are your 2017 world champions.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.