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    ANAHEIM, Calif. Thurman Munson Jersey . -- The Houston Astros finished a frustrating season just two games off last years playoff-worthy pace.Jose Altuves batting title was the only thing they won in their season finale, however.Mike Trout stole his 30th base and drove in his 100th run, and the Los Angeles Angels wrapped up just their third losing season in 13 years with an 8-1 victory over the Astros on Sunday.The Astros (84-78) missed the postseason for the 10th time in 11 years despite nearly matching the 86 wins of last seasons playoff team. They went a franchise-record 41-35 against divisional opponents and 41-40 on the road, their best mark away from Houston since 2004.But with the postseason out of reach Sunday at the Big A, the Astros didnt finish strong. At least Altuve went 1 for 4 with a broken-bat single in the ninth inning, ensuring his second AL batting title at .338.Its nice for him to end on a high note, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. The bat breaking is probably not his favorite. He loves his bats. But what a sensational season for him.Houstons Brady Rodgers (0-1) gave up five hits and four runs in his first big league start for his hometown team. The 26-year-old farmhand, who made his MLB debut last month, relished the chance to face Trout.It was pretty cool, a pretty special moment that Ill always remember, Rodgers said. Hopefully we have a lot of battles in our future. Im definitely looking forward to the competition between him and I.Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball for the Angels (74-88), who won nine of their final 11 games and still finished 12th in the 15-team AL.We finished strong, said Trout, who completed his second 100-RBI season. Theres a lot of positive things we can take away from this year. It seemed like every other week, our lineup or our pitching staff took a big hit, but we played good for the last few weeks.Trout concluded another MVP-caliber campaign stuck on 29 homers, but he got his stolen base in the first inning and an RBI single in the sixth before leaving to a standing ovation. Trout went 1 for 2 and added two walks to his Angels-record total of 116, tops in the majors.This guy is the MVP, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. I dont think theres any question.Los Angeles finished fourth in the AL West, failing to finish in the top three for the first time since 1999.Carlos Perez had a two-run double during the Angels four-run second inning, Kole Calhoun added a two-run double in the sixth and Jefry Marte homered in the seventh.NO EXTRASThe Angels became the second team since 1913 to play an entire season without an extra-inning win. Only the 1969 Montreal Expos have done it in that stretch. Los Angeles played only four extra-inning games, the second-fewest since 1913 behind the 1936 St. Louis Browns (3).JHOS SURGEChacin (4-4), a midseason acquisition, finished an inconsistent year with a dominant effort in his first victory since Aug. 21. He improved to 4-2 with a 3.37 ERA in his career at Angel Stadium.DAVIDSONS FAREWELLBefore the game, the Angels announced home plate umpire Bob Davidson is retiring after 28 seasons. The 64-year-old Davidson saluted the stands during a warm ovation. Davidson, who broke into the majors in 1982, is perhaps best known for his aggressive balk calls.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: RF George Springer played in every game this season, although his finale was brief: He led off the game with a single and promptly left for a pinch-runner. He is the first Houston player to appear in every game since Carlos Lee in 2007. Springer led the majors with 744 plate appearances.Angels: RHP Jered Weaver took a curtain call when he was recognized on the scoreboard. Weaver, who skipped this start with back pain, is a free agent this winter who might not return to the Angels, his only big league team for 11 seasons. Hopefully theres more, Scioscia said. Andy Pettitte Jersey . NBA officials ruled the court unplayable in the Bucks final exhibition game on Oct. 25 because players were slipping, and the game was cancelled midway through the first period. Giancarlo Stanton Jersey . Aaron Harrison scored a 22 points for Kentucky (6-1), which has won four in a row following a Nov. 12 loss to current No. 1 Michigan State. Julius Randle overcame a scoreless first half and added his sixth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. ., for the next three years with the signings on Monday of Daryl Townsend and Michael Carter. CHICAGO -- For the first time since being fired by the Chicago Bulls last summer, Tom Thibodeau received a big ovation at the United Center on Friday night as he made his return with Team USA.Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls to a 255-139 regular-season record over five seasons, is an assistant coach on Mike Krzyzewskis staff. Krzyzewski, Dukes head coach and a Chicago native, was pleased to see Thibodeau received so warmly.Hes the best as far as preparation and [being] a team player, and the fans appreciate it, Krzyzewski said after Team USAs 80-45 exhibition win over Venezuela on Friday. [The reaction] was great. I love the fact that my town gave the guy who gave them his heart and soul for the number of years hes been here and acknowledged that. Thats a great, great thing. Im proud of my city for doing that.Bulls All-Star and Team USA swingman Jimmy Butler was sitting next to Krzyzewski on the dais after the game.Krzyzewski was upset that his long answer about Thibodeau had not allowed Butler, who grew into one of the best two-way players in the game under Thibodeau, to comment.Its OK, Butler said, smiling. You got it. You said everything I would have said.The Team USA homecoming for Thibodeau is a precursor to what will likely be an even bigger ovation when his new team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, come to Chicago next season. As he has done since being fired, the veteran coach tried to focus on the positive accomplishments that came from his five years with the Bulls.When you look back, you think [of] all the great memories that you had, Thibodeau said during Thursday practice of being back in the United Center. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach here, great history, great tradition and we had great guys. It was very enjoyable to coach that team.Thibodeau was fired from the Bulls in large part because of a broken relationship with the front office. In his time away from a full-time job, Thibodeau said he visited 13 different teams and was a frequent guest at various pro and college games.The basketballl lifer was always appreciative of how hard his teams played on a nightly basis and still takes pride in the success he and his players had. Alex Rodriguez Jersey. Its sort of the nature of the league in terms of it doesnt last forever, Thibodeau said. And that group was a special group of guys. From where it started, and unfortunately the injury [to former MVP Derrick Rose] derailed it some. But that being said, it was a very prideful group, a very proud group.Thibodeau continued: They never gave in, they never succumbed to the circumstances no matter who was out. They always found a way to fight. They found different ways to win, different guys stepped up. Thats sort of the way the league works. Over time, people leave [in] free agency, change teams, so Im happy for those guys that theyre going to get another opportunity, and I think theyve earned it. Those opportunities came because of the success that they had.Initially, Krzyzewski joked that he and the rest of Team USAs coaching staff paid fans to cheer for Thibodeau before the game.[Jim] Boeheim, Monty Williams and I gave about 5,000 people money so that they would cheer for him, and it worked, Krzyzewski said.Then the Hall of Fame coach got serious about what he thinks of Thibodeau and what he accomplished in Chicago.[Butler] plays for Chicago, and I grew up in Chicago ... its an amazing sports town, Krzyzewski said. It loves its athletes and its coaches. And they should love Tom. Tom brought great basketball here when it was not going well. And then really injury-wise -- if one thing, especially with Derrick, if he had been healthy, there probably, there could have been another [championship] banner or two here, and the fans realize that. And then things change -- hes gone off, he holds no resentment. Hes been real comfortable [here].Actually were staying a block from his apartment, Krzyzewski added. And for us, its good because then he stays there. Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys China China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '
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