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October 26, 2017 12:56 AM World Series Game 2: Scully and Valenzuela combine for memorable first pitch

Scully didn't throw out the first pitch, but played a big role anyway The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers are playing Game 2 of the 2017 World Series (GameTracker). Prior to the game, the Dodgers rolled out one of the better ceremonial first pitches you'll see. Everything started with legendary ex-broadcaster Vin Scully, who teased doing the honors 54

October 26, 2017 12:14 AM Joe Straus departure a political earthquake in clubby Austin

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, personally called out House Speaker Joe Straus, right, for the failure of the bathroom bill after the end of the special session in August. The House never brought the bill to a vote. AUSTIN - An earth-shattering event. A huge game-changer. The death-knell for centrist Republicans in Texas. Without exception, the community 89

October 25, 2017 8:26 PM Luis Coronel talks new album, Sean Paul, Halloween costume

The regional Mexican singer cultivated a loyal following on social media, and it quickly translated to real world success. His third album, "Ahora Soy Yo," was released this month. Coronel visited the Houston Chronicle to talk about his new album and a few other things, including Halloween plans and his dream duet. Coronel will be at at Cactus Music 56

October 25, 2017 6:01 PM Jose Altuve Is the Best Hitter in the World Series Because He’s the Shortest

The 5-foot-6 Astros star has become one of the best hitters in baseball by punishing the pitchers that throw the hardest There is arguably no harder task in sports than hitting a major-league fastball. That’s especially true for the fastest of fastballs, many of which now exceed 100 mph. Yet the player who excels at this more than any other isn’t some towering 20

October 25, 2017 4:39 PM Theater and classical music listings: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Want a night out with some fine actors, inspired dancers or enlightening music? This guide gets you there. "Escape to Margaritaville"Jimmy Buffett's music is featured in this new musical. Presented by Broadway at the Hobby Center. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, through Nov. 5; $35-$165; Hobby Center, 800 Bagby; 713-558-8887, tuts.com. "Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric 69

October 25, 2017 4:26 PM World Series appearances prompts Astros-inspired dining deals

Houston bars and restaurants are celebrating the home team during the World Series by offering locals Astros-inspired dining deals on everything from Frito pie to orange margaritas. Minute Maid Park will be hosting Postseason Street Festivals for anyone who has a valid game ticket. More info at mlb.com/astros. The Rice Village Italian restaurant is serving 74

October 25, 2017 2:08 PM Astros Turn to Justin Verlander to Rescue Them, Again

LOS ANGELES—The Houston Astros entered the World Series as underdogs against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their 3-1 loss in Tuesday’s Game 1 demonstrated why—and left them in a more precarious position than their 1-0 series deficit might suggest. The Astros survived the first two round of the playoffs largely because their two best pitchers, Dallas Keuchel 36

October 25, 2017 12:40 PM The stars came out to watch the Dodgers beat the Astros during the first game of the World Series

Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga (C) and MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre (L) attend game one of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Former Los Angeles Dodgers player Steve Garvey signs autographs for fans before game one of the 2017 World Series 60

October 25, 2017 12:00 PM Houston Astros World Series berth has deep meaning for fan who lost his twin brother 22 years ago

Business owner and physical trainer Brandon Berryhill knows his twin brother Kenneth, who died 22 years ago almost to the date, would have loved to see their Houston Astros reach the Fall Classic. Business owner and physical trainer Brandon Berryhill knows his twin brother Kenneth, who died 22 years ago almost to the date, would have loved to see their 59

October 25, 2017 4:46 AM Keuchel: Dodgers' leadoff HR "kind of hit us in the jaw"

Dallas Keuchel stepped on the rubber for the moment he had anticipated ever since he was a kid: throwing his first pitch of the World Series. And then Chris Taylor turned on a thigh-high 88 mph fastball and sent it high into the left-field pavilion, 447 feet away. Keuchel turned around and looked, stunned by the scorching start on an unseasonably hot night 65