Girardi to assess his future with family

Yankees manager does not have a contract for 2018

Girardi to assess his future with family

HOUSTON -- Within faint earshot of the pandemonium and revelry taking place a few hundred feet away on the Minute Maid Park diamond, Yankees manager Joe Girardi addressed his players on Saturday evening, telling them how proud he was and expressing his belief that even brighter days are ahead for the franchise.

The next conversation of significance Girardi must have will take place in the coming days, as he plans to sit down with his family to discuss their personal future. Girardi's 10th season as Yankees manager expired with New York's 4-0 loss to the Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, and he does not have a contract for the 2018 season.

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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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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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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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Tip of the cap, respect after hard-fought ALCS

Tip of the cap, respect after hard-fought ALCS

HOUSTON -- The Astros are headed to the Fall Classic for the second time in franchise history after prevailing over the Yankees in a hard-fought, tense seven-game American League Championship Series.

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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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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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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.

Behind impressive pitching performances from Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers Jr., and home runs from Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve, Houston defeated the Yankees, 4-0, on Saturday night in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

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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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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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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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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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Fans at Yankees watch party stay hopeful to end

Despite disappointing loss, Bronx faithful optimistic about next season

Fans at Yankees watch party stay hopeful to end

NEW YORK -- The dream died somewhere around the fifth inning at Foley's NY Pub on Saturday night, but the hope never faltered. The pack of Yankees fans that crowded New York's premier baseball bar for the first Game 7 the city has seen in 13 years, remained thick as Evan Gattis, then Jose Altuve, then Brian McCann sent the idea of a Big Apple World Series fading into the night.

Their brows furrowed, their hands wringing nervously, the crowd that witnessed the Yanks' season end with a 4-0 loss to the Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, remained until the final out. Greg Bird skied a curveball out to George Springer, and those gathered uttered a collective groan. Then they left, balancing disappointment with a hopeful sense that this surprise of a season is a sign of things to come.

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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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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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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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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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Girardi, Yanks 'used to' raucous G7 atmosphere

All New York relievers except Green available for win-or-winter game

Girardi, Yanks 'used to' raucous G7 atmosphere

HOUSTON -- The Yankees have played in four games that could have ended their season this month, winning them all in a span of eight days. As they prepared for a fifth, the decisive Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World against the Astros, manager Joe Girardi acknowledged that this one seems bigger than the others.

"It does kind of feel a little bit different, I think," Girardi said. "The ultimate goal is to win the World Series. When you're this close, I think it feels a little different, yeah. I like the fact that we've been through some elimination games with this group."

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ALCS Game 7: Girardi pregame interview

ALCS Game 7: Girardi pregame interview

Q. You said Green wouldn't be available tonight, him and Severino are the only ones?

JOE GIRARDI: Tanaka I wouldn't use. Gray is obviously available tonight in the bullpen. I will check with Green, but my inkling is that I won't.

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ALCS Game 7: Hinch pregame interview

ALCS Game 7: Hinch pregame interview

Q. Talk a little bit about what did that fifth inning means when you guys broke through. McCann had the big hit.

A.J. HINCH Obviously we've been waiting for the big hit for a couple of games. And no better time than for McCann to have a really good at-bat battle, get a pitch he could drive, and then obviously break things open. A good offensive output today, kick-started by him.

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Hinch won't rule out Verlander for Game 7

Hinch won't rule out Verlander for Game 7

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch was noncommittal when asked Saturday afternoon if Justin Verlander would be available to pitch in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees. Verlander threw 99 pitches in his Game 6 start on Friday night.

Charlie Morton is scheduled to start on normal rest for Houston, but every pitcher will be available, including starters Lance McCullers Jr., Collin McHugh and even Dallas Keuchel. Closer Ken Giles, who threw 23 pitches Friday, said after Game 6 of the ALCS presented by Camping World that he'd be available to take the ball, too.

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Yankees, Astros set ALCS Game 7 lineups

Yankees, Astros set ALCS Game 7 lineups

The starting lineups for Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World have been announced.

In one winner-take-all game to decide the pennant, the Astros face off against the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.. The winner moves on to face the Dodgers in the World Series presented by YouTube TV. Right-hander Charlie Morton will take the mound for Houston, with left-hander CC Sabathia starting for New York.

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Game 7: Where baseball legends are born

Yankees, Astros relish chance to make history, reach Fall Classic

Game 7: Where baseball legends are born

HOUSTON -- 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.

Jack Morris took control of one in 1991. Madison Bumgarner, Aaron Boone, Bill Mazeroski, Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were all defined by their Game 7 heroics.

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Determined Yanks confident going into Game 7

New York is 4-0 in elimination games this postseason

Determined Yanks confident going into Game 7

HOUSTON -- To a man, the Yankees stood by their lockers following Friday night's 7-1 loss to the Astros in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and expressed supreme confidence in their Game 7 starter, veteran CC Sabathia, the man who has unexpectedly taken over as their "stopper."

"He's the guy we want out there," David Robertson said.

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Astros feel the love for newest ace

Verlander 9-0 with 1.23 ERA since trade to Houston

Astros feel the love for newest ace

HOUSTON -- 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.

"Love him, love him," third baseman Alex Bregman said after Verlander threw seven scoreless innings to lead the Astros a 7-1 win over the Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night. The ALCS presented by Camping World will be decided by a Game 7 tonight at Minute Maid Park.

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Yanks, Astros set for ALCS Game 7 clincher

Houston strong at home, but NY solid in elimination games

Yanks, Astros set for ALCS Game 7 clincher

HOUSTON -- The ultimate rubber match will unfold at Minute Maid Park this evening, with the Astros and Yankees set to battle for the American League pennant in a Game 7 clash.

The looming finale of this best-of-seven AL Championship Series presented by Camping World, features a matchup between a pair of veterans: lefty CC Sabathia gets the nod for the Yankees, with the Astros turning to right-hander Charlie Morton after forcing a win-or-go-home game with a 7-1 victory in Game 6 on Friday.

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ALCS Game 6: Verlander postgame interview

ALCS Game 6: Verlander postgame interview

Q. You reacted so strongly to George's catch. Off the bat what did you think?

JUSTIN VERLANDER: I thought homer. Especially the way the balls have been flying this postseason, really all year. We don't need to get into that. He hit it well. It was a nice adjustment that he made. It looked to me, from my eyes, that he sat on the curveball first pitch, put a really good swing on it, fouled it back, and immediately switched to the fastball. That's not easy to do as a hitter to be that good at making adjustments on such a variance of speed so quickly. Put a great swing on a fastball. I threw where I wanted. I was trying to go up and away there. I haven't seen the replays, but I know it was elevated. And, man, watching the outfield, all you can do as a pitcher is watch the outfielder track it and track it and track it, and then most of the time when they go to jump it's like -- and he was able to reel it in and keep it inside the yard. So that was obviously one of the big turning moments in the game.

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Epic ALCS set for Game 7 showdown

Astros force final game with victory over Yankees

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