ATLANTA (AP) — The World Series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 tonight after the Braves and Astros split the first two games in Houston. Ian Anderson goes to the mound for the Braves in their first World Series home game since 1999. He’ll be opposed by Luis Garcia, the only pitcher to go eight innings in a game this postseason. Each team has earned 7-2 victories so far. The Astros evened the Fall Classic on Wednesday as Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) homered and Jose Urquidy (ur-KEE’-dee) worked five strong innings.

ATLANTA (AP) — Game 3 of the World Series will be a bit of a throwback to the days before interleague play and players frequently changing teams. None of the Atlanta Braves have faced Houston starter Luis Garcia. The only Astros player who has hit against Braves starter Ian Anderson is Marwin Gonzalez, who is 0 for 3. This weekend could make the final general plate appearances by pitchers in major league history. Garcia, 0 for 6 at the plate in his big league career, will borrow a bat from teammate Yordan Álvarez for his trips to the plate in the National League city.

ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron’s imprint is on the World Series. His number 44 will be seen on the outfield grass at Atlanta’s Truist Park for Game 3. His impact is also evident on the game’s managers, Houston’s Dusty Baker and Atlanta’s Brian Snitker. Aaron was responsible for convincing Baker to sign with the Braves as a teenage outfielder in 1967. As the Braves’ farm director, Aaron set the path for Snitker’s long career as a coach and manager. When it was clear Snitker had no future as a catcher or first baseman, Aaron offered an opportunity to remain in the game as a coach.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston’s 7-2 win over Atlanta in World Series Game 2 drew 10,539,000 viewers on Fox, Fox Deportes and Fox streaming apps. Wednesday night’s game averaged a 5.8 rating, 14 share and 10,280,000 viewers on Fox, up 13% from 9,105,000 for Tampa Bay’s 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game last year, which set a record low for the World Series. Game 2 drew 186,741 streams.

UNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres have hired Bob Melvin from the Oakland Athletics as their new manager. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the deal who tells The Associated Press that Melvin will receive a three-year deal. Melvin replaces Jayce Tingler, who was fired Oct. 6 after a brutal second-half collapse dropped the Padres out of contention. Melvin became the winningest manager in Oakland team history this year, but the A’s missed the playoffs following three straight postseason berths.

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