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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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GEICO SportsNite: Joe Girardi 00:02:14
Yankees manager Joe Girardi reflects on his team's season after losing the ALCS and his future with the Yankees.

Aaron Judge robbed Yuli Gurriel of a homer in the second inning, but the Astros' offense made up for it with a pair of homers capped off by a two-run double by former Yankee Brian McCann in a 4-0 win over the Yankees on Saturday in Game 7 of the ALCS. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia
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Judge is excited for Game 7 00:01:45
Aaron Judge discusses Justin Verlander's outing but thinks the fight the Yankees has shown all year will help them prevail in Game 7.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So the Yankees didn't take advantage of their first chance to finish off the Astros and now it seems like Houston is the club swimming in momentum for Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, right?

Maybe it's true. And with their bats finally awake, the Astros will be a tough out in the decisive game Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. But perhaps the Yankees can put themselves in a strong position to advance to the World Series if they mull over a few things before the epic clash with Houston.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia
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Girardi talks Yankee loss 00:03:08
Joe Girardi discusses Justin Verlander's solid start and the Yankees loss in Game 6 of the ALCS to force a winner-take-all Game 7.

The Astros bats came alive in their return to Houston as they plate seven to force a Game 7 in the ALCS >> Box score


Starters Luis Severino and Justin Verlander were dueling to start the game. That is until Astros C and former Yankee Brian McCann broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth. 

McCann roped a double on a hanging 2-2 changeup to score Alex BregmanJose Altuve would add two more runs with a line shot just passed the glove of 3B Todd Frazier to give the home team a 3-0 lead. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Luis Severino
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Mystique and Aura returned to the Bronx, but they won't be a factor in Houston.

Yankees pitching has been the story of the American League Championship Series, but the offense exploded at Yankee Stadium, pushing its way back into the fold.

This wasn't so much of a surprise as they averaged 5.3 runs per game overall in the regular season, but an even more impressive 5.6 R/G at home. There were contributions up and down the lineup during the three games played in the Bronx, where it is safe to say the Yankees offense found its mojo.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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BNNY: Yankees' 3-2 series lead 00:05:05
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' unpredicted offensive performance against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Might be time to call the Yankees what they are: The best team in the American League.

Sure, the standings didn't say so during the regular season, and the Yanks only got into the playoff tournament via the wild card. But they're playing like it now in this run of quality baseball that's been nothing short of spectacular, including their stomping of ace Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 5-0, Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

To recap: The Yanks beat the 102-win Indians in the ALDS after Cleveland had its foot on their pinstriped necks. Down 0-2 after their manager blew the second game, the Yankees roared back to win the series.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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Yankees drop the Astros, 5-0 00:01:47
SNY's Eamon McAnaney gets the Yankees' reactions from their 5-0 victory over the Astros to take a 3-2 lead in the ALCS.

 Behind a brilliant start from Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees took Game 5 of the ALCS over the Astros, 5-0, to pull ahead in the best-of-seven series. >> Box score


Tanaka kept the Astros off-balance from the get-go and dominated through seven innings of work. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight in the scoreless effort.

After a scoreless first inning, the Yankees got on the board in the second when Greg Bird drove in Starlin Castro with an RBI single. An inning later, the Yankees extended the lead with Aaron Judge's RBI double.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Wednesday afternoon at 5:08 at Yankee Stadium. The series is tied, 2-2, after the Yankees' come-from-behind victory in Game 4.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Correa, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Chase Headley, DH

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three in 6.0 innings in Game 1.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If it feels like the old ghosts are back to leaving their vapor trails around Yankee Stadium, well, maybe they are. The Yankees players can't stop talking about the raucous home atmosphere and every night seems to bring another reminder of glory days gone by.

For instance, the Yankees' 6-4 victory over Houston Tuesday night in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series was the first time the Yanks had rallied to overcome a four-run deficit in a home postseason game since Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Red Sox. Yeah, the Aaron Boone game, which, by the way, had its 14th anniversary on Monday.

It all makes for a nostalgic backdrop, especially with big names such as Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez doing big things. The Yankees have always done star power well.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' win 00:02:17
Eamon McAnaney recaps the Yankees' impressive 6-4 comeback win in Game 4 of the ALCS to even the series at two games apiece.

The Yankees' offense exploded to score six runs over the course of two innings to help overcome sloppy defense and a four-run deficit to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game four of the ALCS. >> Read more

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 4 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-1 after the Yankees' victory in Game 3.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Carlos Correa, SS  Gary Sanchez, DH
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Austin Romine, C

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Sonny Gray, who allowed three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 5 against the Indians.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit a three-run home run to break out of a slump and made two acrobatic catches in right field to lead New York to an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Since Game 1 of the ALDS, Judge had been in a 2-for-28 slide with 20 strikeouts. But in the bottom of the fourth inning, Judge broke out if it by hitting a three-run home run off Will Harris that turned a five-run lead into an 8-0 rout.

"He's extremely talented," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You can look at his numbers and say he's not hitting for an average. We've played how many playoff games, nine? He gets seven RBIs, he gets his walk, got another one tonight. I know how dangerous he is. He can really change a game really quickly."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Houston Astros
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:29
Todd Frazier, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius talk about the Yankees' offensive outburst in their win in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier both hit three-run home runs while CC Sabathia threw six solid innings as the Yankees blew out the Houston Astros 8-1 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Despite being held to two runs and 10 hits in Games 1 and 2, the Yankees exploded for three runs in the second inning and five runs in the fourth as they remained undefeated at home in the postseason and cut the series deficit to 2-1.

After Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks both hit two-out singles off Astros starter Charlie Morton in the bottom of the second inning, Frazier lunged to hit a 1-1 fastball over the right-field fence to give New York a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Chase Headley recorded the first hit by a Yankees designated hitter this postseason by driving in Greg Bird with a two-out single. Morton then hit Brett Gardner to load the bases and was replaced by Will Harris, who threw a wild pitch that scored Frazier and then surrendered a 371-foot home run to Judge that blew the game wide open.

Tags: 2017 Yankees playoffs, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Starlin Castro
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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Despite the Yankees down 0-2 in the ALCS, manager Joe Girardi isn't in "panic" mode as the series heads to the Bronx for Game 3. 

The Yankees lost two, 2-1 games in Houston after masterful performances from Astros starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. But with the series returning to Yankee Stadium where Girardi's team has had better success all season, he isn't worried that the series is getting away from him. 

"We've been through enough this year that there's no panic. There were times during the season where we were 15 games over, and we fell to four games over," Girardi told the NY Daily News' Christian Red. "Obviously, would you rather be 1-1, 2-0 the other way? Yeah. I don't think there's any panic in the room. And they're gonna just go out and do what they do and see where the chips fall."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have a few things going for them as they enter Game 3 of the American League Championship Series down 0-2 to the Astros. Maybe at the top of the list is the fact that Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander will be on the bench.

The Yankees have a miserable history against Keuchel, while Verlander has performed superbly against them as well, with no better success than his Game 2 start. Astros' Game 3 starter Charlie Morton is no slouch, as he pitched to a 14-7 record with a 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings in the regular season.

The Yankees have been striking out at a disturbing clip, so a matchup against another pitcher that generates plenty of swing and misses may not seem like a great matchup...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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BNNY on Yanks' keys for Game 3 00:03:10
Baseball Night New York breaks down how the Yankees can shift momentum as the ALCS moves to New York.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Everyone says the kids are alright, that the struggles of these playoffs haven't turned Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge tight. There's yet to be any real proof -- a few decent press conference quotes hardly qualifies as that -- but the Yankees better be right about their two young stars.

Because whatever hope New York has of remaining relevant in the AL Championship Series against the Astros probably hinges on Judge and Sanchez having an impact on the series, starting in Game 3 in the Bronx on Monday night. Maybe even more so than CC Sabathia, who is starting against the Astros' Charlie Morton.

Both Judge and Sanchez have struggled mightily and are a combined 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts in the series, which the Yankees trail two games to none after consecutive 2-1 losses in Houston.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Anthony McCarron
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : A quick glance at the stats tells you all you need to know about the vaunted Yankee offense in the AL Championship Series, particularly when you scroll down to the names Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

The young stars -- perhaps the biggest two reasons why the Yanks were second in the majors in runs this season -- have been brutal so far in the playoffs, except for a moment or two. Of course, those moments have faded, just like the good feelings from the Yanks' stirring revival in the previous playoff round against the Indians. That's how badly the duo is struggling against Houston now.

But with today's Hot Take Universe offering all kinds of solutions (we'll have one for the Yankee offense in a moment, too, bear with us) Joe Girardi must resist any urge to take Judge out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup, and should not consider using Sanchez as the designated hitter and replacing him behind the plate with Austin Romine...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:01:18
Anthony McCarron breaks down the final play of Game 2 in which catcher Gary Sanchez botched a relay throw at home plate in the ninth.

 The Yankees were tied with the Astros 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. After Luis Severino pitched four innings and Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson combined to give up only one hit in four innings, the Yankees put in Aroldis Chapman to help send the game to extras.

Instead, Chapman gave up a one-out single to American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve and a walk-off double from shortstop Carlos Correa .

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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 (Thomas Shea)
(Thomas Shea)

The Yankees have scored just two runs and produced 10 hits in two 2-1 losses to the Astros in the ALCS after finishing second in the MLB in runs scored during the regular season.

While the team's bullpen has been lights out for the majority of the playoffs and Masahiro Tanaka has recorded two quality starts, the Baby Bombers have been quiet in the ALCS. C Gary Sanchez, who had 33 home runs and 90 RBI in 2017, has struck out five times in seven at-bats and doesn't have a single hit. RF Aaron Judge, who hit an AL-leading 52 homers, has just one hit and hasn't driven in a run.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees ran into a familiar buzzsaw in the likes of Dallas Keuchel Friday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and now find themselves in a familiar spot in a playoff series. Down.

We know that the Yankees managed to climb out of a 2-0 hole in the division series against a terrific Indians team, so New York's confidence is by no means shattered. As such, there were some relevant circumstances in Game 1 that should have the Yankees optimistic they can put the loss behind them with a strong performance in Game 2...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Chris Carelli
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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Yankees-Astros Friday night was really all about Dallas Keuchel, as it usually is when the Astros ace lefty pitches against the Yanks. Keuchel was dominant again in the AL Championship Series opener, throwing seven shutout innings.

Now, with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Astros will send their ace righty, Justin Verlander, to the mound in Saturday's Game 2. With a loss, the Yanks would face a huge deficit - yes, we know they came back from 0-2 in the first round against Cleveland. But two enormous turnarounds against two 100-plus-win teams in the same October?

Sounds unlikely...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Matt Holliday
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge he heads to the dugout after he struck out against the Detroit Tigers.  (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge he heads to the dugout after he struck out against the Detroit Tigers. (AP)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday he has no plans to move Aaron Judge down in the order during the ALCS, despite Judge setting an MLB playoff record 16 strikeouts in the five-game ALDS victory over the Indians.

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Beginning of a Yankees dynasty? 00:03:59
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the bright future for this young Yankees team and how they could be set up for another dynasty.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : After two games of the AL Division Series, the Yankees seemed primed for a blink-and-you-missed-it October visit. The winter would be devoted to recriminations over Joe Girardi's tactical meltdown in Game 2 threaded around hopeful talk of young players growing after a fine season.

But after coming back from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Indians, the Yankees have crushed anyone's timetable on the arrival of their looming juggernaut, including, probably, their own. Maybe they weren't supposed to be this complete, this fast, but here they are.

Watch out, Astros, beginning in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, which starts Friday night in Houston. Watch out, the rest of baseball, now and in the coming years.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Anthony McCarron
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees surprised everyone by knocking Corey Kluber out in the third inning of Game 2 of the ALDS. It's hard to believe that Kluber will suffer another off night in Game 5, making the Yankees task more difficult in Wednesday's winner-take-all contest.

If the Yankees are to defeat Kluber - or at least quickly force him from the game again - they will need to maintain the same approach they mustered in Game 2. The hitch is Kluber is not likely to make it as easy as he did in his first start of the series.

The Yankees will need peak performance early on; someone to set the tone and make life difficult on Kluber. Some will point to Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez, the obvious fire power providers, to spark the club.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:05:57
Manager Joe Girardi and pitcher Luis Severino discuss Severino's ability to bounce back in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

The Yankees scored six runs off four Cleveland Indians errors, while Luis Severino struck out nine batters in seven strong innings as New York forced a Game 5 with a 7-3 win in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


The Yankees scored four runs in the second inning after Starlin Castro reached when his line drive deflected off Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela's leg.

With two outs, Todd Frazier drove in Castro with an RBI double off Trevor Bauer and later scored on Aaron Hicks' RBI single to right center. Two batters later, Aaron Judge recorded a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 4-0.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cleveland Indians, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees desperately needed a great start out of Masahiro Tanaka Sunday night, and he did just that to keep the season alive in Game 3. 

There was immense pressure on Tanaka to come through in Game 3 with everything on the line, and he realized the levity of his start as he walked toward the mound. 

"Obviously, you know the pressure was there," Tanaka said after the game. "But you know, obviously, you have to go out and perform. My thought was that if we're able to win here, then we have a chance of turning this series around."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : They might as well have promoted Game 3 as "Pinstripe Redemption Night" with the way so many much-maligned Yankees, including the manager, thrived Sunday night against Cleveland.

Now the Yankees need another bit of refurbishment in Monday night's Game 4: A Luis Severino reputation makeover. Severino was the Yankees' best pitcher all season, but he was awful in his humiliating start against the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game, lasting only one-third of an inning.

Severino sagged in his big moment, but the Yanks rallied to advance to meet the Indians in this Division Series. Cleveland leads the best-of-five series, two games to one, after the Yankees won Game 3 Sunday night, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium. But the Yanks at least hold a shred of momentum, thanks to big performances by the likes of Masahiro Tanaka, Greg Bird and Aroldis Chapman.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:03:17
Yankees players talk about their win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians and react to the dominant pitching in the 1-0 victory.

Greg Bird broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings and the New York Yankees avoided elimination on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Andrew Miller's 1-1 fastball 396 feet to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after Tanaka (1-0) limited the Indians to just three hits in seven innings.

Aroldis Chapman recorded a five-out save and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Jay Bruce and getting Carlos Santana to fly out to center field to end the game on his 34th pitch of the night.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Greg Bird, Jay Bruce, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees arrive home down two games to zero in the American League Division Series, suffering from bruised psyches.

The club has shown resiliency at many points during the season, but ask a Yankee fan to name one player that will lead them in a comeback in the Bronx, and one name will be uttered more than others.

Aaron Judge.

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Oct 6, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (second from right) talks to relief pitcher Dellin Betances (second from left) during the 13th inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 6, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (second from right) talks to relief pitcher Dellin Betances (second from left) during the 13th inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Not so fast on that October wipeout for the Yankees.
 
Hear us out: Yes, they face extinction after their manager blew Game 2, the same game they led by five runs before their touted bullpen sputtered. Yes, their starting pitcher against the Indians in Game 3 of the AL Division Series Sunday night had nine - NINE! - starts this season where he gave up at least five earned runs. And, finally, yes, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius, three vital lineup cogs, have combined to go 0-for-24 in the series.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Sabathia ready for Game 2 start 00:01:15
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia looks back at his solid regular season as he prepares for his pivotal Game 2 start in the ALDS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Sifting through the pinstriped debris of Game 1 of this ALDS feels about as overwhelming as Trevor Bauer's snapping curveball must have seemed to the Yankees Thursday night in a 4-0 loss to the Indians.

It was an evening that made the Yanks appear destined for a quick October exit and crammed them into the uncomfortable position of hoping -- praying? -- that CC Sabathia, the veteran lefty who enjoyed a remarkable renaissance this season, can at least match Cleveland ace Corey Kluber in Friday's Game 2...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is called out on strikes by umpire Vic Carapazza during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is called out on strikes by umpire Vic Carapazza during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees managed just three hits off Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians bullpen in Thursday's 4-0 loss in Game 1 of the ALDS at Progressive Field.

New York, which advanced to the ALDS after scoring eight runs and recording nine hits in Tuesday's wild-card game against the Minnesota Twins, didn't record a hit until the sixth inning when Aaron Hicks hit a one-out double to left field off Bauer.

"Three hits is not going to do it," Todd Frazier said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "There's no chance you're going to win a game like that."

 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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Loud Mouths: Girardi or Francona 00:01:16
The Loud Mouths guys break down who has the managerial advantage in the ALDS between Joe Girardi and Terry Francona.

Indians manager might not be able to pencil Aaron Judge into his lineup, but he appreciates what the rookie has done for the Yankees this season. 

"He's good for Major League Baseball," Francona told reporters Wednesday. "He's bad for the teams you're playing against. He's really good. ... From all accounts, he's a really special young man. I didn't get a chance to meet him at the All-Star Game because I wasn't there, but everybody came back raving about him as a person. I know, if you throw it in the wrong place, he's going to hit it a long way."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Goosebumps. I get them now just thinking about two years ago, sitting in Section 405 as the Yankees prepared for the Astros in the 2015 AL Wild Card Game. There was an undeniable buzz in and around the Stadium for the simple fact that postseason baseball was back in the Bronx.

But it didn't last long as Dallas Keuchel threw a gem, and outdueled Masahiro Tanaka to win the Wild Card Game and move on to the ALDS. It was the loudest I have ever heard the new stadium, and unfortunately, it was short-lived. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino
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Sep 30, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) follows through on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) follows through on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Aaron Judge may have belted 52 homers this regular season, but he knows that all means nothing in a win-or-go-home matchup with the Twins Tuesday. 

The Yankees had a workout at Yankee Stadium Monday as they prepare for the AL Wild Card game that will either make or break their postseason hopes. It will be Judge's first taste of postseason baseball, and he is hoping to make it memorable.

"Well, that's what it's all about, postseason baseball," Judge told Newsday's Steven Marcus. "The regular season, it's kind of like spring training's over. This is the regular season now. This is what it's all about. This is where a lot of those [retired] numbers that are hanging out there in left field, this is where they made a name for themselves, in the postseason."

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(Brad Penner)

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The Yankees (91-71) overcame conventional wisdom, earning the American League's top wild card spot, and will host the Minnesota Twins (85-77) Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in a one-game playoff to determine who will face the Indians in the ALDS. Truth be told, the Twins might be a bigger surprise after losing 103 games last season.

In the win or go home affair, the Yankees seem to be the favorite, but the factors are closer than one may think.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Yankees win as Boston clinches 00:01:37
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where CC Sabathia's solid outing gave the Yankees a win over the Blue Jays.

CC Sabathia kept the Blue Jays in check as the Yankees rolled to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays in Game 161 on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score


Sabathia allowed four hits while striking out six Toronto hitters over 5 2/3 scoreless innings as he rolled to his 14th win of the season. 

With the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Aaron Judge led off the frame and clubbed a 484-foot solo homer to left -- his 52nd long ball of the year. The Yankees extended the lead when Starlin Castro singled home Didi Gregorius.

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Girardi right to bench Judge? 00:02:18
The DNL panel debates whether or not Girardi made the right decision to bench Aaron Judge for a couple days in light of his continued slump.

Yankees OF Aaron Judge admitted to reporters Wednesday that his body has been beat up, particulary his left shoulder. 

Judge, who has been out of the lineups the past two games, says that the off-days have helped him recover.

"I've got ice on my shoulders, my knees," Judge said. "I wish I could ice my whole body. I've got to ice it every day. The whole body is kind of beat up."

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:25
Sweeny Murti reports on Masahiro Tanaka's dominant outing on Friday and how the Yanks will need consistent pitching to go deep in October.

Masahiro Tanaka struck out a career-high 15 batters as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium on Friday. >> Box score


Tanaka didn't allow a baserunner until giving up an infield single with two outs in the fith inning.

Starlin Castro's RBI infield single and Greg Bird's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Aaron Judge's RBI single in the fifth inning extended the Yankees' lead to 3-0, and Bird's RBI single in the sixth made it 4-0.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) gestures after hitting his record breaking 50th home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) gestures after hitting his record breaking 50th home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge now holds the MLB rookie record for home runs in a season and he now has a fan in the man who previously held the mark. 

Mark McGwire, who now is the San Diego Padres' bench coach, swatted 49 homers during the 1987 season with the Oakland A's. On Monday, Judge broke his record by hitting two home runs against the Royals.

"I'm a fan. I'm a fan of his game. I'm a fan of his," McGwire said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio. "I was watching from day one. I mean, they're monstrous home runs. His BPs are going to be legendary. He's only 25 years old. Who knows what the number is going to be at by the time he's done with how many home runs he's going to hit?"

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Aaron Judge's 6-foot, 7-inch frame, 282 pound frame is a clear advantage when it comes to being a power-hitting baseball player.

The Yankees rookie star dwarfs virtually everyone he stands next to on the diamond, and his statistical achievements - beyond his record-setting 50 home runs for a rookie in a single season - thrust him to the conversation for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Judge-ment Day 00:01:49
Michelle Yu recaps a historic day at Yankee Stadium as Aaron Judge becomes the first-ever Major League rookie to hit 50 home runs.

Aaron Judge set the record for most home runs by a rookie in a single season hitting his 49th and 50th homers in the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Royals. >> Box score

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire's record for the most home runs by a rookie in a single season hitting his 49th and 50th home runs Monday.

The first home came off a fastball by Royals starter RHP Jakob Junis that went over the right field fence. 

Judge, then, took Trevor Cahill deep to left in the bottom of the seventh to rewrite history.

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire's record for the most home runs by a rookie in a single season hitting his 49th and 50th home runs Monday.

The first home came off a fastball by Royals starter RHP Jakob Junis that went over the right field fence. 

Judge, then, took Trevor Cahill deep to left in the bottom of the seventh to rewrite history.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia walks toward the dugout after being relieved in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia walks toward the dugout after being relieved in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

Jaime Garcia was pulled in the third inning as the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Sunday at Rogers Centre. >> Box score


Garcia (1-3) gave up five runs, four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings, as the Yankees fell to five games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

He surrendered a leadoff home run to Teoscar Hernandez in the first inning and was charged for three runs when Jonathan Holder inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam and gave up a bases-clearing double to Russell Martin in the third inning that gave Toronto a 5-0 lead.

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Should all teams expand netting? 00:02:37
After a scary incident where a young fan was struck with a batted ball, the panel discusses if all teams should extend protective netting.

Several Yankees players said the team should expand the protective netting in the wake of a two-year-old girl who was sitting down the third base line being struck in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier on Wednesday.

The girl remained hospitalized on Thursday, according to the NY Post.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league would "redouble" its efforts when it comes to extra netting.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:33
Eamon McAnaney reports from Yankee Stadium as the Yankees swept the Twins thanks to homers by Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius.

Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 45th home run of the season as the Yankees erased an early 3-0 deficit and blew out the Twins, 11-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Judge hit a two-run homer down the line in right field and Gary Sanchez followed with a solo homer to center as the Yankees tied things, 3-3.

The Yankees plated six runs in the bottom of thefourth, with Greg Bird's run-scoring double, RBI hits from Brett Gardner and Sanchez, and a three-run homer by Didi Gregorius accounting for the damage...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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