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Griffey Jr. purchases stake in Mariners

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SEATTLE (AP) Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is investing in the Seattle Mariners in a way he never has before.

He'll be part of the ownership group going forward.

The Mariners announced Monday that their most famous former player has also become the first one to purchase a stake in the ballclub. The purchase had been years in the making.

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Cards name bench coach Marmol manager

As Oliver Marmol transitioned into a coaching career with the St. Louis Cardinals, it became clear he had the potential to become a big league manager one day.

That day has arrived - a little earlier than expected.

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Astros, Braves set to open World Series

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman whipped the ball around during a crisp infield drill, then came together for a group hug near second base after finishing up Monday.

High above the diamond at Minute Maid Park, the sun gleamed off an oversized banner attached to a light tower.

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WS veteran Morton faces newbie Valdez

HOUSTON (AP) Though the uniform keeps changing, Charlie Morton is becoming a Fall Classic fixture, set to start in the World Series for the third time in five seasons this week.

Houston Astros lefty Framber Valdez is virtually unknown to a national audience, with the 27-year-old poised to make his Series debut when he pitches against Morton and the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 on Tuesday night.

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Astros' McCullers out for World Series

HOUSTON (AP) Lance McCullers knew there was a "less than 1%" chance that he would be able to pitch in the World Series for the Houston Astros because of a forearm strain. The right-hander waited as long as possible, and didn't beat those odds.

"We remained hopeful," McCullers said Monday, when announcing the day before Game 1 against the Atlanta Braves that he wouldn't be on the Houston roster. "We tried to pushed it as far as we could, but just couldn't make it back to throwing,. ... There was no point to write me off before we had to."

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July acquisitions lead Braves to WS

HOUSTON (AP) Atlanta had just stumbled again, losing its seventh straight attempt to reach .500.

"This isn't going to define our season, this series," Braves manager Brian Snitker said that night at New York's Citi Field.

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Cubs name Astros' Bokhari assistant GM

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs continued to reshape their front office on Monday, hiring Houston Astros executive Ehsan Bokhari as assistant general manager.

The move comes a week and a half after the Cubs hired Carter Hawkins from Cleveland's front office as general manager to work under president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer.

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Red Sox optimistic after huge turnaround

BOSTON (AP) Rebuilding plans for the Boston Red Sox are ahead of schedule.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said Monday that going from last place in 2020 to within six wins of a championship shows the organization is back on the track that led to four World Series titles since 2004.

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Longtime Brewers coach Sedar retires

MILWAUKEE (AP) Longtime Milwaukee Brewers coach Ed Sedar has retired after a 30-year career with the organization.

Sedar, 60, had worked as the Brewers' first base coach from 2007-10 and third base coach from 2011-20. He spent this season as an adviser to the Brewers' major league coaching staff.

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