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Hurricane Dorian ends Gulf Coast League season early

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Hurricane Dorian is poised to make landfall in Florida on Monday morning but it’s already having an impact in the world of baseball:  the rookie-level Gulf Coast League has announced that it is cancelling the final two games of its season and its postseason in its entirety. The season will end today as a result of the impending storm.

It could have some impact on Major League Baseball too. After this evening’s game against the Reds the Marlins will be on the road through next Thursday, but the Rays will start a ten-game homestand tomorrow. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the club is in contact with Major League Baseball to discus possible contingencies in the event the storm hits the bay area hard, though he says no decisions are expected today.

Stay safe, Floridians.

UPDATE: The Florida State League has joined the Gulf Coast League in ending its season early:

George Springer sets record with homer in fifth consecutive World Series game

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Astros outfielder George Springer has set another postseason home run record. He swatted a solo home run off of Nationals reliever Tanner Rainey to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, reducing the Nationals’ lead to 5-3. It marked his fifth consecutive World Series game with a home run, breaking a tie with Reggie Jackson and Lou Gehrig to set a new record, per MLB.com’s Sarah Langs.

Springer homered in Games 4 through 7 in the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers. The Astros, of course, ultimately won the series to earn the franchise’s first championship.

Springer hadn’t had the best showing in the 2019 playoffs, as he entered Tuesday’s action batting .152/.235/.283 across 51 plate appearances.