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Rays Get Revenge in Epic Fashion to Oust One-Dimensional Yankees in ALDS | Bleacher Report

Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Brosseau celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning in Game 5 of a baseball AL Division Series against the New York Yankees, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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SAN DIEGO — Mike Brosseau was an undrafted free agent from Northwest Indiana who until Friday night was just another anonymous—albeit useful—piece on baseball’s most anonymous team.

Aroldis Chapman was the Cuban Missile, the much-celebrated gazillion-dollar New York Yankees closer who helped the Chicago Cubs win a World Series, is a six-time All-Star and throws high-octane fastballs that make grown men weep.

Before Friday’s series-clinching 2-1 victory for the  Tampa Bay Rays, the pair had run into each other one other high-profile time, back on Sept. 1. Chapman sent one of his celebrated 100 mph fastballs whizzing toward Brosseau’s head, a rudeness that caused the benches to clear and the Yankees and Rays to loathe one another even more than they already did.

Then came the eighth inning of one of the best baseball games you’ll ever see, a tight, taut and pulsating winner-take-all affair that

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2020 MLB Playoffs: Astros vs. Athletics odds, picks, ALDS Game 1 predictions from proven model

The Houston Astros have reached the American League Championship Series each of the last three seasons, winning it twice. Despite having finished the shortened 2020 MLB season with just a 29-31 record, they took the first step toward a fourth consecutive berth by making easy work of the Central Division-champion Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card Series. The next stage of the process for the Astros begins Monday, when they face the AL West-rival Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

First pitch at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is set for 4:07 p.m. ET. Oakland is the -135 favorite on the money line in the latest Astros vs. Athletics odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total runs scored is eight. Before making any Athletics vs. Astros picks, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model. 

This model, which simulates every pitch

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