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Playoff Edition Player Ratings: Houston Dynamo vs. the Portland Timbers Leg 1

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See how the Dynamo players performed in Leg 1 of the Conference Semifinals against the Portland Timbers

It's pretty impossible to start any Houston sports article today without first congradulating the Houston Astros on an incredible World Series win over the LA Dodgers. That series was a roller coaster, but the Astros brought the franchise's first World Series trophy to the city of Houston so again, congrats for the amazing ride and we're hoping to see the Astros in many more World Series games.

Houston Astros overpower LA Dodgers 7-6 to level World Series

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Houston Astros out-dueled the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in an 11-inning thriller on Wednesday to level the World Series at one game apiece.

George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros’ late charge.

It proved just enough as the teams combined for an astonishing five extra-inning home runs - a record for a Major League Baseball post-season game.

Houston Astros overpower LA Dodgers 7-6 to level World Series

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Houston Astros out-dueled the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in an 11-inning thriller on Wednesday to level the World Series at one game apiece.

George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros’ late charge.

It proved just enough as the teams combined for an astonishing five extra-inning home runs - a record for a Major League Baseball post-season game.

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U-17/18 Academy Teams Get Training on Nutrition and Hydration

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In order to succeed at the professional level, athletes must adhere to a strict awareness of proper nutrition and hydration to help their bodies run in peak form during competition. U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has introduced innovative concepts to the senior National Team, and now Development Academy players are getting their own education about this critical element of their performance.

Monday Morning Centre Back: Where in the World is Franco Caraccio?

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With the lack of news or even rumors over the Christmas holiday, I was left to find something interesting to write a few lines about on this cold Monday morning here in the State of Texas. Yeah, I know there are people buried under snow on the east coast, but this is Texas and I'm sorry, it's cold here for us.

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Astros Closer? Brett Myers

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Coming into the 2012 baseball season, it wasn't clear who the closer would be for the Houston Astros. However, Brad Mills has made his choice ... and it's an interesting one. Mills has selected former starter Brett Myers to be the team's closer. Last season, Myers started 33 times and had a 4.46 ERA to go along with a 7-14 record.

Chris Carpenter Catapults Cardinals

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The St. Louis Cardinals needed a win to guarantee at least a tie for a spot in the 2011 baseball playoffs. With all the cards on the table, Chris Carpenter was a true ace as the Cardinals won by a final count of 8-0.

Carpenter pitched a two-hit shutout while striking out 11 batters and giving up only one walk.

Michael Bourn to Braves – Fantasy Baseball Impact

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The Atlanta Braves have been aggressive during this year's trade deadline in an attempt to add a big name to their team. On Sunday, the Braves finally got their man. Michael Bourn was dealt to the Braves in return for four minor league prospects: Brett Oberholzer, Paul Clemens, Juan Abreu and Jordan Schafer.

Phillies Trade for Hunter Pence

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According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia Phillies are trading for Hunter Pence. While the deal isn't official, it is expected to be officially announced soon. In return, the Houston Astros are said to be receiving four minor league prospects.

The 28-year-old outfielder is having a very good year for the Astros.

Roy Oswalt Helps Phillies Tie Series

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The San Francisco Giants stunned the Phillies in Philadelphia in Game 1. With Roy Oswalt on the mound, the Phillies bounced back and won Game 2 by a final score of 6-1. Oswalt went eighth innings and allowed only three hits and one run while striking out nine batters. The Phillies acquired Oswalt in the middle of the season in a trade with the Houston Astros.

Video: Roy Oswalt Plays Left Field

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It took 16 innings for the Houston Astros to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies. But the biggest storyline of the game wasn't the score, rather it was the fact that Roy Oswalt played left field for part of the contest. You can see the video of Oswalt playing in the outfield below.

The Phillies needed Oswalt to play left field after Ryan Howard was ejected by the third base umpire.

Chipper Jones Tears ACL

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Chipper Jones was having a sub-par season by his standards. In August, he finally started to heat up. However, his season is now over. The third baseman for the Atlanta Braves tore his ACL while fielding a grounder in a game against the Houston Astros. The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer may decide to retire rather than make a comeback.

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Bill Hall Talking to Yankees

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The New York Yankees are looking into adding some depth on their roster by signing Bill Hall. Hall can play multiple positions in both the infield and the outfield. Last season, he played with the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants.

In 185 at-bats last season, Hall hit only .211 with two homers and 14 RBIs.

Andy Pettitte Retires

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Andy Pettitte, considered one of the clutchest starting pitchers of his generation, has decided to retire. The New York Yankees were hoping he'd return for another season but the 38-year-old has decided to hang up his glove. Last season, Pettitte started 21 games and finished 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA.

Andy Pettitte to the Texas Rangers?

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With the New York Yankees going after Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers in free agency, the Rangers have returned the favor and they are now going after Andy Pettitte. The 38-year-old has proven to be one of the clutchest pitchers in baseball over the years and since he's from Texas, the Rangers are regarded as a legitimate threat to land the lefty.

Yankees Acquire Lance Berkman

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The New York Yankees have acquired Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros. The Astros will send the Yankees $4 million and receive pitching prospect Mark Melancon and infield prospect Jimmy Paredes in the trade. The deal will be officially announced on Saturday, according to the New York Post.

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Berkman approved the Yankees deal after telling Houston brass he would not accept a trade to four other teams.

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5 MLS clubs that have better attendance than MLB

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The financial news and services site The Street published an interesting article today about the growth of Major League Soccer. Five MLS clubs are outdrawing Major League Baseball teams this season. In fact, the Sounders are outdrawing all but three MLB teams.

The data is another reason why an #MLSsnob should be bullish about the league.

Terry Collins New Mets Manager

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The New York Mets have interviewed a ton of potential managers during the offseason including Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Wally Backman. The Mets decided on their new manager and it's 61-year-old Terry Collins the former manager for the Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels. This past season, Collins was the Mets field coordinator of their minor league program.