Y'all Classic! Astros oust Yanks in historic G7

Y'all Classic! Astros oust Yanks in historic G7

HOUSTON -- The deafening roars began on the first pitch thrown by Charlie Morton in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, and they didn't stop. Solo homers by Evan Gattis in the fourth inning and Jose Altuve in the fifth rocked Minute Maid Park, and a two-run double by Brian McCann later in the fifth sent the ballpark into a frenzy.

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World Series keeping it 100 (Tue., 8 ET, FOX)

World Series keeping it 100 (Tue., 8 ET, FOX)

This is a Fall Classic that keeps it 100. The Century Series is upon us.

We've become so accustomed to the anything-can-happen insanity of October that there is something weirdly refreshing about what's on tap in the World Series presented by YouTube TV. The Astros and Dodgers are staying true to the status of having reached the century mark in the win column and are perfectly punctuating a 2017 season in which their elite status was never in doubt.

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Richard Justice

Verlander named ALCS MVP after superb starts

Astros' co-ace has been crucial to club's run to World Series

Verlander named ALCS MVP after superb starts

HOUSTON -- To understand what Justin Verlander has meant to the Houston Astros, let's revisit the game that changed everything and helped catapult them into the Fall Classic.

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When facing Astros, LA's focus remains same

Dodgers say World Series opponent won't change game plan

When facing Astros, LA's focus remains same

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have had their eyes on the prize since the first day of Spring Training and the outcome of Saturday night's American League Championship Series finale, won by the Houston Astros, didn't change a thing.

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Morton rewards Astros' faith with 5 scoreless

Game 7 starter proving to be an offseason steal for Houston

Morton rewards Astros' faith with 5 scoreless

HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton clung to the champagne flute in a display of celebration that was oddly curious, this dainty object in a clubhouse turned madhouse seemingly out of place among a mob of Budweiser bottles.

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Mark Feinsand

Future bright for Yanks despite ALCS defeat

Cashman: New York 'will be one of the hunted, not one of the hunters'

Future bright for Yanks despite ALCS defeat

HOUSTON -- In the end, the Yankees were beaten by a better team.

And while the sting of Saturday night's 4-0 loss in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World is certain to stick with them for a while, it's impossible to look at this team and not believe the future is brighter for the Yankees than it's been in nearly a decade.

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Astros overcome much, fulfill expectations

Four years after losing 111 games, Houston rewarded after staying course in savvy rebuild

Astros overcome much, fulfill expectations

HOUSTON -- The expectations began to soar 11 months ago, when the Astros traded for veteran catcher Brian McCann and signed veteran outfielder Josh Reddick. Carlos Beltran soon joined the club, and an up-and-coming Houston team filled with promising young players was a juggernaut in waiting.

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George Springer went full Kelly Leak and posterized Marwin Gonzalez with his leaping catch

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George Springer went full Kelly Leak and posterized Marwin Gonzalez with his leaping catch

George Springer came up with a leaping catch off Todd Frazier's fly ball to help protect the Astros' lead in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. He was back at it the next night. In the seventh inning of the Astros' 4-0 AL pennant-clinching win in Game 7, he wasn't going to let anything or anyone -- including a teammate -- get in his way. 

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Mike Petriello

Bregman's split-second call preserves shutout

Young third baseman, veteran catcher McCann team up to get out at home on close play

Bregman's split-second call preserves shutout

There was a moment in the middle of Saturday's Game 7 of the American League Championship Series where it felt like the tables could have turned. Yes, the Astros ended up winning 4-0 with relative ease to clinch a trip to the Fall Classic, but it didn't always look that way.

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Watch the Astros celebrate moving on to the World Series for the second time in team history

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Watch the Astros celebrate moving on to the World Series for the second time in team history

Well, it's settled. With their 4-0 win over the Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Saturday, the Astros advanced to the World Series. 

It's the second pennant for the Astros, who made their other trip to the Fall Classic in 2005 while still in the National League. With all of that history, not to mention how these Astros came back from a 3-2 ALCS deficit against the Yankees, they were pretty thrilled about the clinch -- so much so, that everybody hugged. 

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McCullers carries Astros over the finish line

Game 4 starter fans six in relief, picks up four-inning save

McCullers carries Astros over the finish line

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch didn't tip his hand either way before the biggest game of his managerial career on Saturday, choosing instead to stick to the "all hands on deck" pitching mantra a lot of managers follow when their team is about to play a win-or-go-home postseason game.

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Astros to start Keuchel, Verlander in LA

AL champs opt for heavy 1-2 punch out of gate for World Series vs. Dodgers

Astros to start Keuchel, Verlander in LA

Fresh off capturing their first pennant in more than a decade, the Astros enter the World Series with their pair of aces ready to go against the National League champion Dodgers.

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One drought will end in Dodgers-Astros WS

LA seeks first title since '88, while Houston has yet to win it all

One drought will end in Dodgers-Astros WS

Then there were two. But not just any two.

Either the Dodgers or the Astros are set to end one of the longest active title droughts in baseball in the upcoming World Series presented by YouTube TV. And it's the first time in history the two franchises will meet in the Fall Classic.

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Bullpen of the Series: Dodgers

Bullpen of the Series: Dodgers

The Dodgers won their first National League pennant in 29 years by defeating the Cubs in the NL Championship Series presented by Camping World in five games. While Los Angeles was firing on all cylinders for much of the series, its bullpen stood out with its dominance.

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MLB.TV Postseason Package available now

MLB.TV Postseason Package available now

The 113th World Series is here, and signups continue for the MLB.TV Postseason Package.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media has launched its annual postseason products. If you already are among the millions who have subscribed to MLB.TV as a regular-season way of life, then you already get the Postseason Package -- either the U.S. or International version listed below. Here are details of the three offerings now available.

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Here's what the world looked like the last time the Dodgers and Astros met in the postseason

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Here's what the world looked like the last time the Dodgers and Astros met in the postseason

The year was 1981. President Carter finished up his lone term in the Oval Office and Ronald Reagan took over, ushering in an era of great hardcore punk bands. 

Meanwhile, the Dodgers -- led by Ron Cey, Dusty Baker and a 20-year-old sensation by the name of Fernando Valenzuela -- reached the postseason on the strength of their first-half 36-21 record during the strike-shortened split season. They then went on to defeat the Yankees in six games for their first World Series title since 1965. 

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Yanks not hanging heads after memorable run

Club proud of what it accomplished, cites home-field advantage as big factor

Yanks not hanging heads after memorable run

HOUSTON -- The magical, memorable ride of the Yankees' 2017 season came to an end at 10:19 p.m. CT on Saturday, with Greg Bird lofting an easy fly ball to Astros center fielder George Springer for the final out of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

The Yankees had played in, and won, four potential elimination games over the course of their postseason run, sending the Twins and Indians home for the offseason. Though it was now their turn to empty lockers and look toward next year, on some level the Yanks' 4-0 defeat felt like just the opening chapter of a story that will soon be continued.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ALCS makes history as home teams dominate

Astros advance to World Series by winning four games in Houston

ALCS makes history as home teams dominate

When George Springer caught the final out of the 2017 American League Championship Series presented by Camping World to send the Astros to their second World Series in franchise history, it also marked the end of a series that saw the home team win every game. Houston took Games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park, the Yankees won Games 3-5 in the Bronx and the Astros returned home to capture Games 6 and 7.

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CC hopes G7 wasn't last start for Yankees

Girardi, teammates praise Sabathia's veteran leadership

CC hopes G7 wasn't last start for Yankees

HOUSTON -- Over the past decade, there is no pitcher that Joe Girardi has trusted with the ball more often than CC Sabathia, which is why the manager's voice quivered after he was presented with the possibility that the big left-hander may have left the mound for the final time with the Yankees.

Sabathia's contract is set to expire after the World Series, and while the 37-year-old has said he wants to continue pitching as long as he is healthy, there is no guarantee that his next start will come for New York.

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Astros' spark in winner-take-all? Seven Gattis

Leadoff shot in 4th inning is first HR for DH this postseason

Astros' spark in winner-take-all? Seven Gattis

HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis powered the Astros to the lead in their 4-0 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night, crushing a homer to left-center field to open the fourth inning against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia.

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ALCS Game 7: A.J. Hinch postgame interview

ALCS Game 7: A.J. Hinch postgame interview

Q. Sorry to interrupt the celebration.
A.J. HINCH: That's all right. I needed a break.

Q. For you a few years ago you come to this team and it was still a process and it was tail end of the rebuild, you still had so much to prove. Can you put into words what it's like to have it fast-forward and now be in the World Series with this club?
A.J. HINCH: When I got here no one talked about winning. And that was one of the first things that Altuve told me in my office, that he wanted to win. And that represented what the next step was for this organization. And obviously in 2015 we got to taste it a little bit. 2016 we had some disappointment. 2017 we're going to the World Series.

The standards that have been established here, the work that's been put in, the synergy that goes on from the front office to the clubhouse, from ownership. We really are connected because we all have a common goal, and that's to win. And I don't care whether you're old school, new school, analytical, traditional, it's about winning at this level. And I think this organization gets it.

Game Date Results Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 13 HOU 2, NYY 1 WATCH
Gm 2 Oct. 14 HOU 2, NYY 1 WATCH
Gm 3 Oct. 16 NYY 8, HOU 1 WATCH
Gm 4 Oct. 17 NYY 6, HOU 4 WATCH
Gm 5 Oct. 18 NYY 5, HOU 0 WATCH
Gm 6 Oct. 20 HOU 7, NYY 1 WATCH
Gm 7 Oct. 21 HOU 4, NYY 0 WATCH


Q. You're a baseball guy, but Boston, New York, LA, no one's ever done this. I mean, that's climbing the ladder against the best that have been in this game. How gratifying is that to you to be on a team that has that opportunity?
A.J. HINCH: We've earned it. I think our team has been singular focused from the very beginning. In Spring Training we felt we had this caliber team. And at that point we stopped talking about it. We were really getting towards month by month trying to put up good months to have winning. And we had a sensational start and then a rough August and then put it together in September and have had a nice run in October.

So far we have one more series to get the ultimate prize. But there's two teams left standing, and I don't care what cities they're from, one of them is from Houston.

Q. Can you talk about the performance you got from Morton tonight and to have McCullers come in, propelling you to the next series and what that means.
A.J. HINCH: Really, the last two nights. We came home from New York pretty beat up. We wanted to win in New York. We wanted to close this out as soon as possible. And being up two games, we go to New York and get beat up and come back, and needing some big-time performances, and we got it in both games, specifically today with Morton and McCullers. We couldn't ask for it to map out any better.

These guys came out throwing strikes, quality strikes, power breaking balls work against these guys. They executed a great game plan. Brian McCann handled them terrifically to come up with some big hits. And we look up and we got our 27 outs from two guys.

Everybody talks about Game 7, you're going to need 12 pitchers to get through 27 outs. Outside of a couple times, I warmed Will Harris up about half a dozen times. And Giles at the end. We were perfectly content with what Morton and McCullers were doing, because they were so dominant.

Q. Every World Series obviously is very, very special. The fact that it's only this organization's second World Series, does that make it more meaningful?
A.J. HINCH: Very meaningful. There's some guys in the clubhouse that were here during the build and then obviously we've gotten close along the way with the 2015 playoffs. And then feeling good about our team last year, falling short. And then this year getting the division title for the first time in a decade. And now the World Series.

So I have such an appreciation. I never knew what it felt like to get to the World Series in any job I've had in 20 years. And now I do. And I have a great appreciation for what it takes to run this journey. We won 100-plus games in the regular season. We won a lot of games in the postseason so far.

But it's not easy. This is a grind and getting through so many ups and downs regardless of how the season goes is awesome when you get rewarded with a chance to win a world championship.

Q. What did Verlander mean to you yesterday and the whole time he was here, especially yesterday?
A.J. HINCH: You know, I think, obviously he's a premier performer at the highest times, the most intense times. And you can't teach that. And you can't buy it. You have to have it or you don't. And Verlander has it.

So for him to come to this city and to this team, to recognize the opportunity and then go out and do it is pretty impressive. I think I've seen an incremental increase in every facet of our game since he arrived.

So a little bit of Lance McCullers, a little bit of Charlie Morton, a little bit of Dallas Keuchel, and along the way Justin Verlander was probably the best pitcher in baseball during that stretch. That kind of impact is hard to articulate. It's also hard to get.

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DYK? Facts, figures about ALCS Game 7

DYK? Facts, figures about ALCS Game 7

The Astros returned to Minute Maid Park needing two straight victories to advance to the World Series. Mission accomplished.

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Astros turn attention to 'impressive' Dodgers

AL champs discuss challenge of facing team with Majors' best record

Astros turn attention to 'impressive' Dodgers

HOUSTON -- Once bitter rivals in the National League West, the Astros and Dodgers will renew acquaintances in the World Series beginning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers' plate patience pays off in postseason

Dodgers' plate patience pays off in postseason

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' offense has made a habit this postseason of grinding out at-bats, driving up pitch counts and getting to their opponents' taxed bullpens. It's a game plan they will look to execute in the Fall Classic vs. the Astros.

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Astros-Dodgers joins 100-win Series history

For 8th time, Fall Classic features pair of teams that hit century mark

Astros-Dodgers joins 100-win Series history

The Astros were the talk of MLB after posting a 42-16 record through June 5. Then, as soon as Houston lost some steam, the Dodgers rolled off the best 50-game stretch that baseball has had in more than a century.

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Watch the final out from the last time the Astros went to the World Series in 2005

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Watch the final out from the last time the Astros went to the World Series in 2005

The Astros made franchise history on Saturday night, as their 4-0 win over the Yankees put them in the World Series for just the second time in their 56 seasons of play. It also brought back fond memories for Astros fans of the last time they made it to the Fall Classic -- 2005.

Twelve years ago, the Astros were in the National League and trying to hold off the Cardinals in Game 6 of the NLCS. It was a rematch of the 2004 NLCS, when the Cardinals took down the Astros in seven games (despite Carlos Beltran's heroics), and Albert Pujols' dramatic Game 5 homer off Brad Lidge had kept the 2005 edition alive, ensuring a return trip to St. Louis.

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McCann burns former team with bat, glove

Astros plucked catcher from Yankees in offseason trade

McCann burns former team with bat, glove

HOUSTON -- Brian McCann was already expensive, and he was suddenly expendable with the emergence of rookie phenom Gary Sanchez. So the Yankees made the veteran catcher available on the trade market last offseason, and the Astros pounced.

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Dodgers think Seager will be ready for Series

Dodgers think Seager will be ready for Series

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are "very optimistic" that they will have their All-Star shortstop Corey Seager back for the Fall Classic vs. the Astros.

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Roberts mum on WS rotation past Kershaw

Roberts mum on WS rotation past Kershaw

LOS ANGELES -- Before knowing the Dodgers' opponent, manager Dave Roberts on Saturday afternoon wasn't ready to announce the order of his rotation beyond Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV.

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Judge denies Yuli with incredible leaping grab

Judge denies Yuli with incredible leaping grab

HOUSTON -- Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge showed once again that he's not only an elite hitter, but he can play some defense, too, as he made an incredible leaping catch at the wall to rob the Astros' Yuli Gurriel of extra bases -- and, possibly, a home run -- in the second inning of Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Saturday.

His heroics, however, could not prevent a 4-0 loss that brought the Yankees' postseason run to an end.

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