Tampa Bay Rays knock out Houston Astros, advance to World Series

One half of the 2020 World Series is officially set.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are the ALCS winners after knocking off the Houston Astros in Game 7 earlier tonight by a 4-2 final score. It is their second World Series berth in franchise history, the other coming in 2008.

Randy Arozarena blasted a two-run home run in the 1st inning for the Rays, who were able to prevent an Astros series comeback after originally leading three games to none. Mike Zunino also homered for the Rays.

Charlie Morton, who won the World Series with Houston in 2017, held down the fort for the Rays by throwing 5 2/3 shutout innings.

The Rays will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Atlanta Braves, who are going to face off in a Game 7 of their own on Sunday night.

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Former Tigers slugger Marcus Thames in the running for open managerial position

The Detroit Tigers are in need of a new manager following the decision by Ron Gardenhire to call it a career last month with the season winding down.

And while there have been a few candidates listed that have some controversy still surrounding them due to their role in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, one new name will instantly have Tigers fans reminiscing.

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Marcus Thames, who currently serves as hitting coach of the New York Yankees, has met with Detroit Tigers management regarding their managerial opening, as reported by Tony Paul of The Detroit News:

Thames and the Yankees had their season ended by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

Appearing mostly in left field and as a designated hitter, Thames blasted 115 home runs and 301 RBIs during his MLB career, which ran from 2002 to 2011.

He appeared in 485 career games with the Tigers, and also had stints with the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers.