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Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Ryan Zimmerman waited 14 years to play in a World Series game with the Nationals. He wasted no time belting his first career World Series home run, a no-doubt blast to dead center for the Mr. National.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Nats left a runner on second to start the game and now Houston's offense has given Gerrit Cole a lead to work with thanks to a two-run double that Yuli Gurriel crushed off the left-field wall.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

And we're off! The Nationals get a leadoff infield single and stolen base from Trea Turner, but then Adam Eaton pops out trying to bunt (don't bunt!) and Gerrit Cole blows away Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on six pitches.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

One thing you cannot afford to do against Gerrit Cole is waste scoring chances, which is exactly what Washington did in leaving Trea Turner on second after the Nats leadoff hitter opened the World Series with a base hit and a stolen base.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Upon completing their sweep of St. Louis in the NLCS, the Nationals are 16-2 in their last 18 games dating back to Sept. 23. The Nats enter the Series with a six-game win streak in this postseason dating back to Game 4 of the NLDS.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Esta es la 115a edición de la Serie Mundial: la Liga Americana lidera 66-48. La Liga Nacional ha ganado 5 de las últimas 9, y 7 de las últimas 12. La Liga Americana ha ganado 13 de 23 desde 1996, y 16 de 27 desde 1991.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

This is the 115th edition of the World Series: the American League leads, 66-48. The National League has won 5 of the last 9, and 7 of the last 12. The AL has won 13 of 23 since 1996, and 16 of 27 starting in 1991.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Anthony Rendon holds his finish as a batting practice home run slams off the outermost wall of Minute Maid Park.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Martinez on having the DH for the first two games in Houston: "It pissed off Max he can't hit. He's not happy about that." The Nats will DH Howie Kendrick, with Asdrubal Cabrera starting at second base.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

AJ Hinch on not having a left-handed pitcher on the World Series against a Washington team featuring Juan Soto and other strong lefty bats: "It doesn't matter what I wish for. We have our roster and I love our roster."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

A.J. Hinch on the reports of the incident in the Astros' clubhouse after they clinched the AL pennant: "It's unfortunate. It's uncalled for. ... I take everything that happens in the clubhouse to heart."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Justin Verlander perfectly sums up the value of previous World Series experience: "You know what to expect as far as the nerves and anxiousness, but that doesn't make it go away."

trey wingo @wingoz

The Stros are so good...and it always seems to start with Altuve...and occasionally end there as well

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are going with an 11-man pitching staff for the World Series, just as they did in the earlier rounds. Two of those 11 (Joe Ross and Javy Guerra) haven't pitched in the postseason and a third (Wander Suero) has recorded just one out. Dave Martinez is really trying to win with eight pitchers. It might work.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Astros' World Series roster is out. The only change from the ALCS is in the bullpen. Veteran righty Chris Devenski is in and young righty Bryan Abreu is out. Lefty Wade Miley was once again left off, so Houston will stick with an all-righty pitching staff.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Astros will carry 12 right-handed pitchers on their World Series roster — a small piece of good news for Juan Soto, who had a 1.000 OPS versus RHP and .850 versus LHP. Reliever Ryan Pressly, however, had a big reverse platoon split, holding lefties to a .124 average, so he could be the designated Soto guy out of the pen.