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Date TimeOctober 25, 2019
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World Series Game 3: Houston Astros v Washington Nationals – live!
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An update on the controversy in Houston. The Astros fired assistant GM Brandon Taubman after confirming that he targeted female reporters with aggressive taunts and then lied about his behavior. They have, however, issued no apologies for releasing a statement that discredited the Sports Illustrated writer who broke the story. It’s sounding like Astros owner Jim Crane is attempting to declare the story dead. It should be noted that the MLB is still investigating the incident and how Houston responded“We made our statement, we got it wrong from the start. Jeff had reached out to the reporters and apologized. We made our statement. Other than that, we’re not going revisit at this point. We’ll play baseball.” - Astros owner Jim Crane, who declined to take questions.Stephanie Apstein met with Jeff Luhnow in the dugout just now. She asked for a retraction to the team’s first statement suggesting she fabricated her story. He didn’t commit to issuing one. 12.20am BST
Well, who expected the World Series to start like this? The heavily favorite Houston Astros began the series at home with the one-two punch of Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander starting Games 1 and 2. Maybe it wasn’t shocking that the Nationals were able to pull off an upset in Game 1—especially considering that they were coming off a sweep of the St Louis Cardinals in the NLCS—but their 12-3 shellacking of Houston in Game 2 certainly seemed like a statement game by a team prepared to make this a short series.
Needles to say, this makes Game 3 a major deal for the Astros. The number of MLB teams that have come back from an 0-3 start in a seven game postseason series? That would be one: the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who memorably defeated the New York Yankees in that year’s ALCS. The Astros need to win this game, and it doesn’t help that they will have to pull it off on the road, in the district’s first World Series game since before World War 2, against a team that has just won eight straight.

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