Astros can't hang on against resilient Yanks

Astros can't hang on against resilient Yanks

NEW YORK -- There is no quit in these "Baby Bombers," and as their youthful exuberance fuels an incredible postseason run, they have summoned the excitement of Bronx Octobers past. The triple decks of Yankee Stadium are being transformed into a deafening, swaying party zone on a nightly basis.

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.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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Hinch breaks down Game 4 'pen decisions

Devenski, Musgrove, Giles falter after McCullers' quality start

Hinch breaks down Game 4 'pen decisions

NEW YORK -- With his team needing to get nine outs on Tuesday night to get within a game of reaching the World Series, Astros manager A.J. Hinch saw his bullpen put to the test more than it has been at any point in the postseason.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros confident Keuchel will give club 3-2 lead

Astros lefty bested Yanks righty in tight series opener

Astros confident Keuchel will give club 3-2 lead

NEW YORK -- An unlikely comeback has been completed, with the Yankees' Game 4 dramatics giving them two consecutive wins over the Astros in this best-of-seven American League Championship Series to tie it at 2 and set the stage for a crucial Game 5 on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

With Keuchel-Verlander, Astros in good shape

Houston remains confident thanks to co-aces going in Games 5, 6

With Keuchel-Verlander, Astros in good shape

NEW YORK -- Sure, the Astros are going to be tested in ways they haven't been tested before in this magical season. Guess what? This is what they signed up for. Comes with the territory.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Split take: History lesson on 2-2 series

In LCS history, Game 5 win looms large, especially when teams are even

Split take: History lesson on 2-2 series

The Astros jumped out to a 2-0 series lead at their home ballpark. Now the Yankees have evened things up at theirs, following Tuesday's 6-4 comeback victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gurriel clears bases with sixth-inning double

Catcher's interference by Romine aids Astros in Game 4

Gurriel clears bases with sixth-inning double

NEW YORK -- 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.

The Astros were gifted two walks in the inning, which sandwiched a catcher's interference, setting up Gurriel's line drive down the left-field line as he improved to 12-for-29 at the plate this postseason. Houston lost, 6-4, and the ALCS presented by Camping World is tied at two games apiece.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCullers postseason ready in strong start

Astros righty delivers 6-plus quality frames in Game 4 vs. Yanks

McCullers postseason ready in strong start

NEW YORK -- No one knew what to expect. Few expected this. Except Lance McCullers Jr. himself. The young right-hander hadn't made a start since Sept. 30 and he hadn't won a start since beating the Mariners on June 24.

McCullers 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, with only two hits and one run allowed, on a solo home run from Aaron Judge to start the seventh. McCullers was lifted for reliever Chris Devenski, who along with three other relievers could not hold a 4-1 lead as the Yankees rallied to even the ALCS presented by Camping World at two games apiece.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hinch: Not tagging Headley keyed Yanks' rally

Scramble to second to avoid rundown in eighth inning a big turning point

Hinch: Not tagging Headley keyed Yanks' rally

NEW YORK -- When breaking down the Yankees' epic 6-4 comeback victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday, both Yanks 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.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Keuchel aims to tame Bronx in pivotal Game 5

After fanning 10 over 7 scoreless in G1, lefty tasked with sending Astros home with ALCS lead

Keuchel aims to tame Bronx in pivotal Game 5

NEW YORK -- The boos were raucous and rampant, and Dallas Keuchel didn't mind one bit.

The Astros left-hander reveled in them during Monday night's introduction ceremony at Yankee Stadium, which will be shaking when Keuchel returns to take center stage in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World today, after New York tied this best-of-seven series, 2-2, Tuesday with its second consecutive win.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

A look at numbers behind Marwin on Judge's 2B

Game-tying hit in eighth inning traveled a projected 377 feet

A look at numbers behind Marwin on Judge's 2B

The real turning point of the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Astros on Tuesday in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series came in the eighth inning, when Aaron Judge clocked a 102.4-mph laser off the left-field fence, and a fan's hands, for a game-tying double against Houston closer Ken Giles, and that's more than just an opinion.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros halt Yankees in 4th after odd sequence

Wild caught-stealing play ends fourth following baserunning blunder

Astros halt Yankees in 4th after odd sequence

NEW YORK -- The Astros and Yankees were involved in one of the more bizarre replay reviews you'll ever see during the fourth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday, a 6-4 Yanks win that knotted the series at 2-2.

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Jane Lee has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Correa played with Gurriel's hair after clutch hit

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Correa played with Gurriel's hair after clutch hit

The Astros had a successful top half of the sixth inning on Tuesday as they battled it out against the Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. Much of this came courtesy of Yuli Gurriel, who jacked a line drive to left field for a three-run double.

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DYK? Facts, figures from Tuesday's LCS action

DYK? Facts, figures from Tuesday's LCS action

The Yankees' championship hopes are alive and well, but the Cubs' plans for a repeat seem to be fading.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yuli and Lourdes Gurriel each hit well Tuesday

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Yuli and Lourdes Gurriel each hit well Tuesday

Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel and his younger brother, Lourdes Gurriel -- a second baseman in the Blue Jays system -- have a lot in common. Let's count the ways: 

- They're brothers

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Astros-Yanks ALCS Game 4: In Real Life

Astros-Yanks ALCS Game 4: In Real Life

The Yankees rallied from four runs down to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. The victory evened the series at two games apiece.

MLB.com was on the scene in and around Yankee Stadium.

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ALCS Game 4: Hinch postgame interview

ALCS Game 4: Hinch postgame interview

Q. Start with McCullers, obviously exceeded all expectations.

A.J. HINCH: He was awesome. And really proud of him because I know how important this start was for him. He has had an up-and-down season, but who can top the first half, All-Star, 2A. A very difficult second half for him, and not knowing he was going to be in the rotation, his first relief outing in Boston.

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LLWS US champions send message to Astros

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LLWS US champions send message to Astros

Do you remember the Little League team from Lufkin, Texas? They all loved Brandon Belt, and, oh yeah, they were the US champs and Little League World Series runners-up (Japan won the title) this year.

Now, they're hoping to inspire another team with World Series aspirations.

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Giles a finalist for AL Reliever of Year

Giles, Kimbrel, Robertson in AL; Davis, Jansen, Knebel in NL

Giles a finalist for AL Reliever of Year

The Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award, both presented by The Hartford, are scheduled to be presented Oct. 28 at Game 4 of the 113th World Series.

Everyone knows how important bullpens are in Major League Baseball these days, but can everyone agree on which two relievers should receive this important hardware from those legendary closers at the big ceremony?

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros set to get a break from lefties

Houston is 23-25 against southpaws this year, 83-38 vs. righties

Astros set to get a break from lefties

NEW YORK -- The Astros' batting order, one of MLB's best all season, is stacked with some of the brightest right-handed bats in baseball: Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and more. Yet on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, they were stymied by 37-year-old lefty CC Sabathia.

In Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, Sabathia shut out Houston for six innings in the Yankees' 8-1 win. The Astros' starting lineup -- with eight of nine hitters batting right-handed, holding the platoon advantage -- managed just three hits against Sabathia, striking out five times.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McHugh saves 'pen with 4 shutout innings

Astros RHP holds Yanks to 1 walk in first action since Oct. 1

McHugh saves 'pen with 4 shutout innings

NEW YORK -- It's hard to sugarcoat an 8-1 loss in a postseason game, but if there is one silver lining to the Astros' defeat at the hands of the Yankees in Game 3 on Monday night, it's this: Collin McHugh saved Houston's bullpen, pitching four shutout innings and retiring 12 of the 13 hitters he faced.

So even though the Astros' lead was cut to 2-1 in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, their top relievers were spared thanks to McHugh's effort.

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Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and does a podcast, Newsmakers. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros' ALCS lead trimmed to 2-1 in NY

Astros' ALCS lead trimmed to 2-1 in NY

NEW YORK -- Each of the three October contests between the Astros and Yankees have featured loud chants of "M-V-P!" echoing throughout a sold-out venue. Jose Altuve's fantastic season has continued for Houston, but Monday night's plaudits were for Aaron Judge, as the Yanks' rookie right fielder enjoyed a postseason performance for the ages at Yankee Stadium.

Judge crushed a three-run homer in the fourth inning and made several splendid defensive plays, including a fearless crash into the right-field wall in the top of the fourth, as he made his presence felt by powering the Yankees' surge in an 8-1 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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DYK? Facts, figures about ALCS Game 3

DYK? Facts, figures about ALCS Game 3

The American League Championship Series presented by Camping World shifted to the Bronx for Monday night's Game 3, and the Yankees finally found their footing.

Behind CC Sabathia's six scoreless innings and three-run homers from Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge, New York topped the Astros, 8-1. Houston still leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1, heading into tonight's Game 4.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ALCS G3: Hinch postgame interview

ALCS G3: Hinch postgame interview

Q. How do you explain how CC was so effective against your lineup tonight?

A.J. HINCH: CC was really good because he didn't make a lot of mistakes. We swung a little bit to the margins on the outside of the strike zone a little bit. But he can pitch with the elevated fastball. He's got a pretty good breaking ball, especially when he gets you in the swing mode. We were a little swing happy tonight against him and he took advantage of being able to pitch to the outer parts of the strike zone. He pounded some of our righties in very well, especially with Correa at bat with the bases loaded. He's really evolved as a pitcher. Strikeouts have been up lately. You can see why, because he can really get you to elevate your eye level on the fastballs up, and then finish you with breaking balls down.

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Astros-Yankees ALCS Game 3: In Real Life

Astros-Yankees ALCS Game 3: In Real Life

The Yankees beat the Astros, 8-1, on Monday to win Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. We were at the scene in and around Yankee Stadium. Houston leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

11:37 p.m. ET: And that's your ballgame

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Astros' Cora to interview for Mets' skipper job

Astros' Cora to interview for Mets' skipper job

NEW YORK -- Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview for the Mets' vacant managerial job Tuesday in New York, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday. Cora interviewed Sunday in New York for the Red Sox's managerial opening, Hinch told reporters Sunday.

"He's the hottest managerial candidate on the planet," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said prior to Game 3.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros confident with playoff experience in Bronx

Young Houston club won 2015 AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium

Astros confident with playoff experience in Bronx

NEW YORK -- The atmosphere for Game 3 of the American League Championship presented by Camping World between the Astros and Yankees tonight figures to be electric and possibly intimidating for those who haven't experienced October baseball at Yankee Stadium before.

For Houston, it should rekindle some great memories.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

Altuve, Correa pack formidable 1-2 punch

Altuve, Correa pack formidable 1-2 punch

NEW YORK -- The Astros have won the first two games in each of the postseason series they've played so far, but that's really where the similarities end.

The American League Division Series presented by Doosan with the Red Sox featured an Astros hitting bonanza, where they outscored Boston, 16-4, in the first two games. That is not the case in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, where the Astros have gotten just enough offensive production to take the first two from the Yankees by identical scores of 2-1.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.