Ex-o’s catcher dead at 76

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andy etchebar­ren, who won two World Se­ries with the baltimore ori­oles, died Satur­day at age 76.

His death was an­nounced by the york revo­lu­tion, which he man­aged to two at­lantic League cham­pi­onships be­fore his re­tire­ment in 2012. His cause of death was not re­leased.

etchebar­ren was a lighthit­ting catcher — he av­er­aged just .235 over 948 ca­reer games — but he han­dled some of base­ball’s best pitch­ers.

In 1970, the ori­oles staff had three 20-game win­ners — Jim Palmer, Dave Mcnally and Mike Cuel­lar — and won the World Se­ries. etchebar­ren ap­peared in 78 games that year, and as a rookie in 1966, he played in 121 in an­other World Se­ries-win­ning sea­son.

He helped to guide a staff in 1971 that had four 20-game win­ners with the ad­di­tion of Pat Dob­son.

ASTROS 3, RAYS 1 (LATE SAT.)

ger­rit Cole set a club post­sea­son record with 15 strike­outs, while bat­tery mate Mar­tin Mal­don­ado de­liv­ered both at the plate and be­hind it as the Hous­ton astros held on for a 3-1 win over the vis­it­ing tampa bay rays in Game 2 of their amer­i­can League divi­sion Se­ries on Satur­day.

cole (1-0) be­came just the seventh pitcher in post­sea­son his­tory to record at least 15 strike­outs, the first since roger Cle­mens posted 15 against the Seattle Mariners in Game 4 of the 2000 al cham­pi­onship Se­ries. Mike Scott held the fran­chise post­sea­son record for strike­outs with 14 set oct. 8, 1986, against the new york Mets in the na­tional League cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

“He’s un­be­liev­able,” astros short­stop alex Breg­man said of cole af­ter­ward. “Se­ri­ously, he’s got the best stuff in base­ball. He’s a bull­dog on the mound. He’s more pre­pared than any­body.”

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