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, the Houston Astros are favored to repeat as World Series champions.Per OddsShark, the Astros are the World Series favorites at +410 (41-10), while the Los Angeles Dodgers are the top choice in the National League at +850 (17-2):OddsShark OddsSharkWorld Series odds (5Dimes):HOU +410BOS +465NYY +535LAD +850CHC +950CLE +1300PHI +1625ARZ +2000ATL/MIL +2150WSH +2250SEA +2500SF +4000STL +5000OAK +8000COL +8500LAA +30000MIN/PIT +50000TB +70000TOR/NYM/CIN +250000SD +300000TEX +500000CWS/BAL/KC/DET +999999Ahead of the Dodgers in overall odds to win the World Series are the Boston Red Sox at +465 (93-20) and New York Yankees at +535 (107-20).The odds favor a rematch of last season's World Series, which saw the Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games for the first championship in franchise history.At 64-35, the Astros have the third-best record in the American League and Major League Baseball as a whole behind the Red Sox and Yankees.They are arguably the most balanced team in baseball, though, with a lineup spearheaded by the likes of Jose Altuve http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-luis-aparicio-jersey
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, the Cubbies own the league's best record at 55-38, and they lead the Milwaukee Brewers by 2.5 games atop the NL Central.Despite owning a 58-39 record and holding the second wild-card spot in the AL, the Seattle Mariners have the worst World Series odds of any current playoff team at +2,500 (25-1).If the odds hold up and the Astros repeat as World Series champions, they will be the first team to do so since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998 to 2000. NEW YORK (AP) — Plunking an opponent paid off for CC Sabathia.The New York Yankees gave Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the 38-year-old left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings specified in his contract for the payment.Sabathia hit Tampa Bay’s Jesus Sucre starting the sixth inning on Sept. 27 with his 55th pitch of the night Bill Melton Jersey
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,000 was included in the Yankees’ final luxury tax payroll.“It was something that we did very private and weren’t looking to publicize, and I’ll just leave it at that,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.Sabathia hit Jake Bauers on the knuckles of his right hand with an 88 mph fastball with two outs in the fifth inning. Kittredge threw a 93 mph fastball behind Romine’s neck with his initial pitch in the sixth, and plate umpire Vic Carapazza issued a warning to both benches. Sabathia started out of the Yankees dugout and had to be intercepted by manager Aaron Boone.After New York opened an 11-0 lead, Sabathia hit Sucre the lower left leg with a 93 mph cutter on his first pitch in the bottom half, causing Carapazza to eject the pitcher and Boone.“I don’t really make decisions based on money, I guess Early Wynn Jersey
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