Morning Rewind, 8/20: Don't look now, but Carlos Correa is next

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By JOHN DORN

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is baseball's next young star -- at this point, there's no debate. The Tampa Bay Rays doubted it for a moment last night, and boy, did they pay the price.



With two men on and the score knotted at two in the 13th inning, the Rays decided to pitch to Correa -- who already hit a home run to open the scoring -- with a base open. You can piece together what happened next.



The 20-year-old ripped one to right, and the game was over. Lesson learned, Tampa (and the rest of the league).

Astros 3, Rays 2

Around the League

TEX 7, SEA 2
This game was close -- until the Rangers decided to go bananas in the seventh inning. Back-to-back-to-back home runs by Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus blew this one open, and handed Texas the victory.

MIL 8, MIA 7
Ryan Braun crushed home run No. 252, becoming the Brewers all-time leader. It turned out to be the decisive hit in a one-run win for Milwaukee.

OAK 5, LAD 2
Jimmy Rollins crushed a two-run homer... but that was it for LA. Jesse Chavez went eight strong for Oakland, allowing just two and earning his seventh win of the season.

SD 3, ATL 2
San Diego capped off a sweep of the Braves this week, and even more fitting was Craig Kimbrel notching the save against his former mates.

PIT 4, ARI 1
The Pirates just keep on rolling. They're now 71-47, but still can't grab hold of the division, with the Cardinals romping through the Major Leagues.

NYY 4, MIN 3

Flying high, rookie Greg Bird mashed his first two Major League homers to lift the Yankees past Minnesota.

BAL 5, NYM 4
Rookie Noah Syndergaard still can't get a win on the road for the Mets. He allowed three runs over 5+ innings, but it was Henry Urrutia who cranked the walk-off blast against Carlos Torres in the bottom of the ninth.

PHI 7, TOR 4
The baseball version of Drake versus Meek Mill ended with Meek on top on Wednesday. Philly pitcher Adam Morgan allowed just two runs over seven innings.

BOS 6, CLE 4
The Dave Dombrowski era is already off the a good start in Boston. Jackie Bradley drove in three runs to give the Red Sox their second straight win.

KC 4, CIN 3
All the Royals did was score a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, but it was enough to edge the Reds on the road.

STL 4, SF 3
Batting cleanup for the first time in 2015, Yadier Molina played the part, blasting the game-winning home run in the eighth, giving the Cards their 77th win of the season. It was Molina's 100th career homer.

DET 15, CHC 8
Runs upon runs upon runs in Chicago once again. Detroit scored in each of the last four innings, and Jon Lester finished on the hook for his ninth loss. Blasts were aplenty, but chief among them was pitcher Daniel Norris' home run -- which came in his first professional at-bat. Major or Minor leagues.

WSH 4, COL 1
The Nationals finally stopped their free fall in the NL East, gaining a game on the Mets for the first time in weeks. Their deficit now stands at 3.5 games.

LAA 1, CWS 0
The Jered Weaver versus Jeff Samardzija pitcher's duel lived up to the hype, but a Carlos Perez solo shot in the sixth was enough to power the Angels over Chicago.


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