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Yankees look to even ALCS in Game 6 bullpen battle

After saving their season with strong pitching on Friday, the New York Yankees will hope to push the American League Championship Series as far as it can go by winning a bullpen battle in Game 6 on Saturday. The Houston Astros still hold a 3-2 series edge as they head home for the rest of the best-of-seven

10/18/19 MLB.com FastCast
10/18/19 MLB.com FastCast

James Paxton strikes out nine over seven innings of one-run ball, plus Aaron Hicks belts a three-run homer to force a Game 6 vs. the Astros

In bullpen battle, Yanks can even ALCS vs Astros in Game 6
In bullpen battle, Yanks can even ALCS vs Astros in Game 6

Gerrit Cole may get a chance to punch the Houston Astros' ticket to the World Series. Only if Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and the rest of the New York Yankees' acclaimed relief corps force him to try. After staving off elimination with a 4-1 victory Friday night in the Bronx, the Yankees

CG: HOU@NYY Gm5 - 10/18/19
CG: HOU@NYY Gm5 - 10/18/19

Condensed Game: James Paxton struck out nine over six innings and Aaron Hicks' three-run homer in the 1st gave the Yankees a 4-1 victory

LeMahieu, Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS
LeMahieu, Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS

DJ LeMahieu drove Justin Verlander's second pitch over the wall, then Aaron Hicks sent the fans at Yankee Stadium into a frenzy with a three-run homer off the foul pole later in the first inning. A day after a brutal loss, and with little margin for more errors, the New York Yankees played like

Yankees keep ALCS hopes alive with 4-1 win over Astros
Yankees keep ALCS hopes alive with 4-1 win over Astros

On the brink of postseason elimination, the Yankees pulled off a decisive Game 5 victory over the Astros on Friday night.

Verlander can
Verlander can't close out Yanks; ALCS heads back to Houston

Justin Verlander watched and waited, hoping Aaron Hicks' drive deep down the right field line would hook foul at the last instant. When it clanged hard off the bright yellow foul pole for a three-run homer, Verlander crouched beside the mound and simply held up his glove, waiting for a new baseball

Hicks smacks HR
Hicks smacks HR

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks gets after Justin Verlander early in the 1st inning with a 3-run home run.

Nats eye good Series starts from Scherzer, Strasburg et al
Nats eye good Series starts from Scherzer, Strasburg et al

It had the feel of spring training Friday at Nationals Park, what with the clear blue sky, the crisp breeze and temperature in the low 60s that made it feel like time for the Fall Classic or February, the start-of-camp baserunning drills and the navy ''Grapefruit League'' T-shirt worn

Hicks
Hicks' 3-run home run

Aaron Hicks drills a three-run homer off the right-field foul pole, giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead in the 1st inning

Correction: Babe Ruth's Bat-Auction story

In a story Oct. 16 about the auction of the bat Babe Ruth used to hit his 500th home run, The Associated Press, relying on information from SCP Auctions, erroneously reported that Mel Ott was the second player to reach the 500-homer plateau. Boston's Jimmie Foxx did so on Dec. 24, 1940. Ott was

Stanton returns to Yanks lineup as DH in Game 5 of ALCS
Stanton returns to Yanks lineup as DH in Game 5 of ALCS

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton visited manager Aaron Boone's office Thursday night. Stanton is back in New York's lineup for Game 5 of the AL Championship Series after missing three straight games with a strained right quadriceps. The Yankees lost all three games in Stanton's absence

Giancarlo Stanton to DH in Yankees
Giancarlo Stanton to DH in Yankees' do-or-die Game 5

Giancarlo Stanton will see action for the first time since Game 1 of the ALCS.

Boston Red Sox release pitcher Steven Wright ahead of MLB free agency
Boston Red Sox release pitcher Steven Wright ahead of MLB free agency

Steven Wright's career with the Boston Red Sox is over.

MLB wants to slash the number of minor league teams by 25 percent
MLB wants to slash the number of minor league teams by 25 percent

MLB, currently in negotiations with Minor League Baseball, wants to radically reorganize the minors

Yankees
Yankees' season on the brink after 8-3 loss to Astros

The Astros took a 3-1 lead in the ALCS with a win over the Yankees on Thursday night.

As he decides what
As he decides what's next, it's clear Ben Zobrist has something left in the tank

Ben Zobrist may ultimately retire this offseason, but if this September proved anything, it's that he still has something left in the tank as a baseball player.

Alex Dickerson
Alex Dickerson's bright future with Giants clouded by injury concerns

"It'll just be a normal offseason and building up and getting in shape to hopefully play a full season next year."

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery
Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

Freddie Freeman was not himself in September and October.

Sabathia dislocated shoulder, big league career over
Sabathia dislocated shoulder, big league career over

CC Sabathia's major league career is over. The 39-year-old left-hander was dropped from the Yankees' AL Championship Series roster on Friday, a day after he dislocated a joint in his pitching shoulder during the eighth inning of New York's Game 4 loss to Houston. Sabathia was replaced by

Braves 1B Freeman has surgery on troublesome right elbow
Braves 1B Freeman has surgery on troublesome right elbow

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow after a nagging injury that limited him late in the season and into playoffs. The team announced Friday that Freeman underwent the procedure in New York. Freeman is expected to be recovered in time for the start

CC Sabathia has a case for Cooperstown
CC Sabathia has a case for Cooperstown

Is he a slam dunk? Nah, but I suspect that we saw the final pitch of a Hall of Fame career last night

Astros turn to Verlander to clinch ALCS vs. Yanks

Last season, the Houston Astros were unable to get back to the World Series because after winning the first game of the American League Championship Series, they lost the next four to the eventual champion Boston Red Sox. This season, the Astros are on the verge of doing the reverse in the ALCS, and

Rooting for the long-lost Senators: Many memories, few wins
Rooting for the long-lost Senators: Many memories, few wins

Growing up in the Washington suburbs during the 1960s, cheering for the local baseball team was a lost cause. Like huge Frank Howard hitting a monster home run - they painted the seats white where Hondo's shots landed in the upper deck. Or flashy catcher Cazzie Casanova whipping the ball back to

Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next
Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next

Certainly, the Houston Astros have confidence for good reason on the brink of another World Series. ''It's Justin Verlander,'' reliever Ryan Pressly said. George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run homers and the Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the disheveled

Sabathia, Yanks come apart as Astros push them to brink
Sabathia, Yanks come apart as Astros push them to brink

CC Sabathia threw a cutter to George Springer and grimaced from the pain in his left shoulder, then covered his face with his glove as he walked to the dugout after what was likely the final pitch of his career. Three-time Gold Glove winner DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres each made a pair of errors.

CC Sabathia exits ALCS Game 4 due to injury
CC Sabathia exits ALCS Game 4 due to injury

CC Sabathia exited Game 4 of the ALCS with an apparent shoulder injury. It was likely the final game of his storied major league career.

On a night full of letdowns, Yankees
On a night full of letdowns, Yankees' defense let them down the most

The Yankees committed four errors in an 8-3 loss to the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS. It's the most errors they have committed in a postseason game since Game 2 of the 1976 ALCS.

Astros hammer Yankees 8-3 in ALCS Game 4, take 3-1 series lead
Astros hammer Yankees 8-3 in ALCS Game 4, take 3-1 series lead

Three-run home runs from George Springer and Carlos Correa provided the sum of the offense for the Astros in a 8-3 win over the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS.

George Springer becomes Astros
George Springer becomes Astros' all-time postseason home run leader

With a three-run home run in ALCS Game 4, George Springer passed José Altuve to become the Astros' all-time postseason home run leader.

Shaky Zack Greinke walks three, allows one run in first inning of ALCS Game 4
Shaky Zack Greinke walks three, allows one run in first inning of ALCS Game 4

Zack Greinke walked three batters, including one with the bases loaded, in the first inning against the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros
MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

Espada currently serves as the Astros' bench coach.

A.J. Hinch says he will remove players if Yankees fans throw objects onto field again
A.J. Hinch says he will remove players if Yankees fans throw objects onto field again

Some Yankees fans threw bottles and souvenir baseballs onto the field after a replay review went against their team in Game 3 of the ALCS. A.J. Hinch says he'll take his players off the field if it happens again.

Hinch blows whistle, calls signal suspicions
Hinch blows whistle, calls signal suspicions 'a joke'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Astros manager AJ Hinch is blowing his own whistle on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He's had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what's coming at the plate.

Cubs shake up player-development operation

The Chicago Cubs shook up their player-development operation, with Matt Dorey taking over as senior vice president of player development and directors of pitching and hitting being appointed. Dorey, Chicago's director of amateur scouting the past six years, was previously a scout for the Boston

Stanton still out, Hicks moved up to 3rd in Yanks
Stanton still out, Hicks moved up to 3rd in Yanks' order

Giancarlo Stanton remained out of the New York Yankees lineup for the third straight game and Aaron Hicks was moved up to third in the batting order for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros. Limited by injuries to 18 games during the regular season, Stanton homered in the

Indians C Pérez has ankle surgery, expected ready for camp

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians catcher Roberto Perez had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager
MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

The Giants reportedly have a new candidate to be their next manager.

Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to
Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to 'beautiful place'

Rough as things were when Washington was 19-31 and people were wondering whether Martinez was in over his head and might get fired, he never wavered. Just as important, neither did the support he received from GM Mike Rizzo and team ownership.

Whistlegate: MLB finds no wrongdoing on the part of the Astros
Whistlegate: MLB finds no wrongdoing on the part of the Astros

File photo: an unknown woman gazes upon a framed copy of the Unwritten Rules

Cubs take another major step in remaking player development and scouting departments
Cubs take another major step in remaking player development and scouting departments

The Cubs announced a series of moves to shake up their player development and scouting departments, with more outside additions coming this fall/winter.

Davey Martinez earned his chance to say
Davey Martinez earned his chance to say 'I told you' so

Wading through everything from 19-31 to a health problem, Martinez now can smile about staying the course.

Padres are giving Ron Washington a second interview
Padres are giving Ron Washington a second interview

Long time Rangers coach Jayce Tingler is also getting a callback

10/16/19 MLB.com FastCast
10/16/19 MLB.com FastCast

The ALCS takes a rain check as bad weather postpones Game 4, plus the Angels tab Joe Maddon to be their next manager

Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire
Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

The AFL has been experimenting with the ABS system and already has its first victim.

Nats
Nats' success shouldn't be about Bryce Harper

The Nationals' success in 2019 shouldn't be a reflection of Bryce Harper, but it has become that anyway.

DC bar to brew special beer to celebrate Nationals
DC bar to brew special beer to celebrate Nationals' World Series appearance

Baseball, bars, breweries, beers.

Washington Nationals head to the World Series
Washington Nationals head to the World Series

There were plenty of ups and downs for the Washington Nationals this season. But the team managed to make it all the way to the World Series. Jan Crawford takes a look at their historic run.

Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon
Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

Joe Girardi stepped down as the manager of USA Baseball on Wednesday, another sign he's likely to return to managing in the majors in 2020. By Corey Seidman

Nationals succeeded by spending money
Nationals succeeded by spending money

The Nationals' success is due, in part, to a payroll of about $204.5 million, third-highest in baseball. Nearly $100 million of that was invested in four starting pitchers.


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