Another dominant performance by Justin Verlander saved the Astros' season for at least one more day and forced a Game 7 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Verlander threw seven scoreless innings for the Astros, who got clutch hits from Brian McCann and Jose Altuve in the fifth and a spectacular catch at the wall in the seventh by George Springer to beat the Yankees, 7-1, on Friday night in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park.
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These are the games that define greatness and make memories. Some of them remain etched in the heart and mind forever. That's what a Game 7 means to almost anyone who loves this sport.
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There may not be a more popular person right now in the city of Houston than pitcher Justin Verlander, who continued his amazing run with the Astros on Friday night. He's certainly the most popular man in Houston's clubhouse.
The best way to reach your goals? For the Astros & GM Jeff Luhnow, it was trusting their beliefs & staying the course.
The ball for tonight's Game 7 at Minute Maid Park belongs to Astros right-hander Charlie Morton, who has been tasked with helping his team put away the Yankees and secure a meeting with the Dodgers in the World Series presented by YouTube TV.
The Astros' bats woke up just in time, coming to life in a three-run fifth inning sparked by Brian McCann and Jose Altuve in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Springer's catch robbed Frazier, saved Astros
The Astros figure to have just about every pitcher available for Saturday night's Game 7 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park, perhaps with the exception of Game 6 starter Justin Verlander.
The Astros did their part to force a Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Saturday, as they knocked off the Yankees in Game 6 on Friday. In the clincher, the Yankees will turn to CC Sabathia, who defeated Houston in Game 3, tossing six scoreless innings. The Astros, who enter the game 5-0 at home in the postseason, give the ball to Charlie Morton, who lost Game 3.
Houston's 7-1 victory over the Yankees ensured we'll see a winner-take-all Game 7 on Saturday to determine who will play the Dodgers in the 113th World Series presented by YouTube TV. Game 6 was defined by another performance for the ages by Astros starter Justin Verlander and an awakening by Houston's dynamic offense, setting up what should be a thrilling Game 7 between these rising AL powers.
Facts and figures in advance of the ALCS finale.
Houston center fielder George Springer robbed Todd Frazier of a hit with a leaping catch in front of the wall with two on base, providing a key out in the seventh inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees.
So far, this home-and-home series has been all about that comfy familiar advantage -- a road team has not won.
Vote for Joe Musgrove (Best Player-Fan Interaction) and George Springer (Best Play, Offense) in the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards, baseball's ultimate honors.
Perhaps it was not by coincidence that the person the Astros asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday was a former star athlete who knows a little about playing for a championship team in Houston.
Justin Verlander's curveball tricked Todd Frazier
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The Astros defeated the Yankees, 7-1, on Friday night in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, forcing a decisive Game 7 tonight (8 p.m. ET/FS1) in Houston.
Astros bench coach Alex Cora has been linked to a number of open managerial jobs in recent weeks, and a report emerged Thursday saying that he could be named manager of the Red Sox as early as the conclusion of the American League Championship Series. And although Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed the team hasn't made a final decision on its next manager, there are still indications that Cora would end up with the job.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday he wasn't surprised veterans Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann spoke up in a brief team meeting following Wednesday's 5-0 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The defeat put the Astros in a 3-2 hole in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.
Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius all contributed run-scoring hits to back Masahiro Tanaka's dominant effort as the Yankees remained unbeaten at home this postseason, defeating the Astros, 5-0, in Wednesday's Game 5 of the ALCS to move one win away from the World Series.
Astros No. 1 prospect Kyle Tucker made Arizona Fall League history on Thursday as the first placement runner, going straight to second base to start the top of the 10th inning. He promptly scored on the first batter of the frame.
Dallas Keuchel was chased in the fifth inning of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, his typical dominance over the Yankees missing. He did make history along the way, though, fanning eight and becoming the first pitcher to record seven-plus strikeouts in each of his first five career postseason starts.
There have been 300 MLB postseason series played from the first World Series in 1903 through this year's National League and American League Division Series. Only eight of those (2.7 percent) resulted in the home team winning every game.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch talks about his club's 5-0 loss to the Yankees in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
It was a good night for the home teams Wednesday as the Yankees continued to dominate at Yankee Stadium and the Cubs kept their hopes of a repeat alive by avoiding an National League Championship Series sweep at Wrigley Field.
Game 5 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World between the Astros and Yankees is underway, LIVE now on FS1. MLB.com is on the scene with the latest from Yankee Stadium.
Called upon to protect a three-run lead, Houston's bullpen faltered late in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World that evened the series at two games apiece.
These "Baby Bombers" just don't quit. Aaron Judge homered and delivered a game-tying hit, while Gary Sanchez crushed the go-ahead double in a decisive four-run eighth as the Yankees stunned the Astros with a 6-4 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday to even the American League Championship Series at two games apiece.
Lance McCullers Jr. pitched like he was the Astros' third ace over six-plus strong innings in Tuesday's 6-4 loss in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium
When breaking down the Yankees' epic 6-4 comeback victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday, both Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and Astros manager A.J. Hinch pointed to Chase Headley's mad scramble to second base in the eighth inning as the biggest play of the game.
Yuli Gurriel gave the Astros a 3-0 lead with a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.
Aaron Judge's double was the turning point of Game 4 of the ALCS, and for the second game in a row, the game changed in front of an Astros left fielder. We break down whether Marwin Gonzalez could have made the play.