Division Series Monday: Astros romp over A's, Yankees-Rays on deck

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The second round of the 2020 MLB playoffs is underway with the two American League Division Series beginning play Monday afternoon at neutral sites.

The Houston Astros pounced on the Oakland Athletics in a scorching afternoon matchup at Dodger Stadium before a Gerrit ColeBlake Snell duel started an AL East showdown between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. Here are the stars, turning points and takeaways from each of Monday’s games.

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Houston Astros 10, Oakland A’s 5

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What it means: “What are they gonna say now?” That’s what Carlos Correa asked five days ago, after his Astros — mired by their own cheating scandal, hated everywhere outside of their home city — beat the Minnesota Twins for the second consecutive time to advance into the second round. Yeah, it was tone deaf. But baseball needs villains sometimes. Correa is seemingly embracing that

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