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.
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If you think the Yankees were shaken by Friday's Game 6 loss in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, you'd be wrong. To a man, the Yankees like their chances in Game 7 on Saturday against the Astros.
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.
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.
Now that there will be a deciding Game 7 after the Yankees' 7-1 loss in Game 6 on Friday, New York has the peace of mind knowing it will be turning to veteran left-hander CC Sabathia to face the Astros in the final game of the American League Championship Series on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
Aaron Judge showed off his immense power yet again, as the slugger connected on the hardest-hit homer of the postseason with his solo blast in the eighth inning of Friday's Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. His shot off Astros reliever Brad Peacock had an exit velocity of 112.1 mph, but it was all the Yankees mustered in a 7-1 loss that forced a decisive Game 7.
There were those in the Yankees' clubhouse who would have loved to play Thursday after reeling off three straight victories in front of sold-out, frenzied crowds at Yankee Stadium, viewing their travel day to the Bayou City as the equivalent of a football team icing the kicker with a timeout. The deep freeze had more to do with Justin Verlander, who was dominant once again as he helped the Astros even the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World with a 7-1 victory in Game 6 on Friday.
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.
Facts and figures in advance of the ALCS finale.
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.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks about his club's 7-1 loss to the Astros in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night.
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.
Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia talks about starting Game 7 of the American League Championship Series vs. the Astros on Saturday.
When Brian Cashman was volleying trade proposals with White Sox counterpart Rick Hahn in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Yankees' general manager refused to go any further in negotiations unless right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle was included in the deal.
The daydreams developed on the multihour bus rides through nowheresville towns, interrupted only by stops for burgers and pizza from highway rest areas, and they continued while the new "Baby Bombers" core bunked up in Minor League motels, where the only other sources of entertainment were airing on basic cable.
The Baby Bombers are all the rage these days. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino have Yankees fans dreaming about a "Core Four" sequel, one they're hoping will land in next week's Fall Classic.
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They say that momentum in baseball is only as good as the next day's pitcher, but after reeling off three electrifying victories in front of raucous Yankee Stadium crowds to move one victory from the Fall Classic, there was a part of manager Joe Girardi that wished the Yankees could get right back on the field.
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.
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka continued his impressive run on the big stage, outdueling former American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel by throwing seven dominant scoreless innings against the Astros in Wednesday's crucial Game 5 of the AL Championship Series presented by Camping World.
For the Red Sox to break their decades-long curse, they had to get past the Yankees. Ditto with Michael Jordan's Bulls, who couldn't start a dynasty until they beat the Pistons' "Bad Boys" team. As the Yankees continue their pursuit of a 41st American League pennant and 28th World Series title, they knew they would have to finally get the better of the pitcher that had been their principal nemesis for the past three years: Dallas Keuchel.
Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are getting hot at the perfect time, and the Yankees are on the verge of heading to the World Series for the first time since 2009 after a 5-0 win in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
Unlike most American League clubs with potent offenses, the Yankees do not rely heavily on the designated hitter. As proof, they had DH Chase Headley batting ninth for Game 5 of the AL Championship Series on Wednesday.
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.
Sanchez homers after studying chart in dugout
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.
Tanaka's split-finger was in fine form in ALCS Game 5
Pettitte throws out ceremonial first pitch
Matt Daley is no longer in uniform, but he has made an impact on the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. Now a Yankees scout, Daley had teamed with Jay Darnell for the better part of a month to track the Astros across the country, and the Yanks believe their advance scouting has made a difference.
Relive night Reggie became Mr. October
Aaron Judge's smile said it all. The rookie sat in the interview room following the Yankees' 6-4 win on Tuesday in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, trying his best to stay as focused as he was during the game itself.
Never before in the Majors had Gary Sanchez gone through a stretch worse than 0-for-12, which is why his go-ahead, eighth-inning double in Tuesday's Game 4 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World provided a signature moment.
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a gem and the Yankees finally got to Dallas Keuchel. Hear from the team after its big victory in Game 5 of the ALCS.