Tag:

Houston Astros

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite losing in Game 7 of the ALCS to the Houston Astros on Saturday, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is already looking ahead to the 2018 season.

"We are all excited for next year," Judge said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

The Yankees entered the 2017 season with low expectations, as most analysts predicted them to miss the playoffs as they were heading into a rebuilding process. Instead, the team fell one win shy of reaching the World Series.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Houston Astros, Luis Severino
Read More

The Yankees and Astros play the win-or-go-home Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Houston. The winner will advance to the World Series and take on the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Houston Astros, Luis Severino
Read More

Sabathia will start Game 7 00:02:01
CC Sabathia talks about his approach as he's been tasked to pitch for the Yankees in a pivotal Game 7 in Houston against the Astros.

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

Pitching wins championships. In Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, the champion may rise in spite of the overall pitching performance.

The Yankees and Astros have battled to a 3-3 tie in the ALCS amid some incredible pitching displays. However, as middle of the rotation starters take the mound, combined with either depleted and/or underperforming bullpens, Game 7 could turn into a battle of attrition.

The Yankees - with good reason - are happy with CC Sabathia starting Game 7. Sabathia has been tremendous when pitching after a Yankees' loss this season, including the playoffs, going 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in such starts. Sabathia also started the Yankees last winner-take-all affair against the Indians in the ALDS, hurling 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball, while striking out nine. The Yankees finished off that game using David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman for eight outs and six outs respectively.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Houston Astros, Chris Carelli
Read More

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Luis Severino's breakout season is a microcosm of the 2017 Yankees.

At the outset of the season, Severino's ability to be a starter was in question, and experts picked the Yankees to languish toward the bottom of the standings. In Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the Yankees have a chance to reach their 41st World Series, and Severino is the man they want on the mound to get it done.

"Beginning of the season, nobody was expecting us to be anything,'' Severino told reporters Thursday. "And right now, we have a chance to be in the World Series.''

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
Read More

 (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
Read More

 (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
Read More

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
Read More

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia threw six scoreless innings on Monday to lead New York to an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm not surprised what he did tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We talked about it, we wanted him on the mound tonight. We thought we had the right guy on the mound tonight. Again, six innings, just an outstanding effort. Couldn't ask for anything more."

Sabathia, who escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the third inning, became the first pitcher who is at least 37 years old to throw at least six shutout innings in a postseason game since Pedro Martinez in 2009. Sabathia gave up three hits, walked four and struck out five, throwing 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes. 

"CC was really good because he didn't make a lot of mistakes," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Houston Astros
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Yankees Game 3 00:01:17
Joe Girardi discusses what contribution he hopes CC Sabathia can give the Yankees when he takes the ball for Game 3 in the Bronx.

Like the ALDS, the Yankees trail 2-0 heading home for Game 3 on Monday against the Houston Astros in the ALCS, and starting pitcher CC Sabathia is confident he and the team can dig out of that deficit.

"It's a good team we're playing, but I feel like we've been right there in both games," Sabathia said on Sunday. "It can be 2-0 and then 2-1. We're right there. So a couple things go our way, we could easily be up 2-0."

Sabathia said the Yankees are not panicking despite losing the first two games of the ALCS. They were in the same position in the last round against the Cleveland Indians, when they rebounded to win Games 3, 4 and 5 and advance.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Houston Astros
Read More

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday takes batting practice during workouts at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday takes batting practice during workouts at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has penciled in Matt Holliday as the DH for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros.

Holliday will bat eighth.

When asked on Thursday if Holliday could make his 2017 postseason debut in Game 1, Girardi said "stay tuned."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holliday
Read More

Dave Lennon on ALCS 00:04:56
Newsday baseball columnist Dave Lennon joins Loud Mouths to preview the Yankees ALCS matchup with the Houston Astros.

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

After becoming the 10th team in MLB history to come back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five playoff series, the Yankees are again the underdog when they face the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

The Astros own home-field advantage and ranked second in the American League with 101 wins, however the Yankees turned some non-believers into believers after their impressive comeback over the Cleveland Indians propelled them to the ALCS in what was originally supposed to be a rebuilding year.

How do the Yankees match up with the Astros?

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
Read More

New York Mets' Amed Rosario celebrates his home run during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Washington. The Mets won 6-5. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Mets' Amed Rosario celebrates his home run during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Washington. The Mets won 6-5. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Mets (58-75) play the first game of a doubleheader against the Houston Astros (80-53) at Minute Maid Park on Saturday at 2:10 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets?

RHP Matt Harvey (5.25 ERA/6.17 FIP, 1.45 WHIP), who is making his first start with the Mets since June 14. Harvey has spent time on the DL nursing a shoulder injury. 

Harvey made four rehab starts -- two with Low-A Gulf Coast and two with Double-A Binghamton. In a total 11 2/3 innings, he allowed eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits while striking out eight and walking three. His longest outing was his latest start which went 4 2/3 innings. 

 

Tags: Houston Astros, Matt Harvey
Read More

Jul 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) slides safely into second base as New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (39) applies the tag in the second inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Jul 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) slides safely into second base as New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (39) applies the tag in the second inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

Luis Severino allowed six runs while the bottom of the New York Yankees' lineup struggled in an 8-1 loss to the Houston Astros in the rubber game of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. >> Box score


Severino (5-4) gave up six runs for the second time in his last three starts. He surrendered nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, including up a two-run home run to Marwin Gonzalez in a three-run second inning.

Though the Yankees reached base six times within the first three innings off Mike Fiers, they did not score, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino
Read More

New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

The Yankees (43-35) play the second game of their three-game set against the Astros (54-27) at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

Tags: Houston Astros
Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Yankees split 00:00:30
Joe Girardi talks about Masahiro Tanaka's worst start of his Major League career, as he went just 2 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs in his shortest outing of the season as the New York Yankees lost Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Houston Astros, 10-7, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Tanaka (5-2) allowed eight runs and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings, allowing back-to-back home runs to George Springer and Josh Reddick to lead off the game.

Later in the first inning, he surrendered a grand slam to Alex Bregman that gave the Astros a 6-0 lead.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
Read More

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees look to sweep their doubleheader against the Houston Astros when they play Game 2 on Sunday at 7:38 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Gary Sanchez, C
Jose Altuve, 2B Matt Holliday, DH
Carlos Correa, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Aaron Judge, RF
Brian McCann, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B Chris Carter, 1B
Jake Marisnick, LF Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's pitching for the Yankees:

Masahiro Tanaka (5-1, 4.36 ERA) looks to win his sixth start in a row after giving up four runs (three earned) in seven innings against the Cincinnati Reds last Monday. Tanaka, 28, has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his last five starts, recording a 2.78 ERA and holding batters to a .237 batting average in that span. He is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts at home this year.

Tags: Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
Read More

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chase Headley hit a bases-clearing, two-out triple in the seventh inning to key a six-run rally as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros, 11-6, Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After Matt Holliday had an RBI infield single and Starlin Castro a game-tying double, Headley lined a Chris Devenski changeup into the right-center field gap to give New York a 9-6 lead.

The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back home runs by Castro and Aaron Judge, but squandered it when Adam Warren (1-0) gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning on a Joey Gattis single, Castro error and Yulieski Gurriel sac fly.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
Read More

GEICO SportsNite: McCann trade 00:01:10
Yankees GM Brian Cashman discusses his thought process on the trade of catcher Brian McCann to the Astros for two prospects.

The Yankees have traded C Brian McCann and cash considerations to the Houston Astros for RHP Albert Abreu and RHP Jorge Guzmanthe team announced Thursday evening

The Yankees will pay $5.5 million of McCann's $17 million salary each of the next two years, while the Astros will cover the other $11.5 million, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Tags: Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Chris Carelli
Read More

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka ended a seven-game unbeaten streak in a 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Tanaka (7-3) allowed four runs, seven hits and two walks in five innings, tied for his second-shortest outing of the season, as New York couldn't finish a sweep of the Astros.

"I'm just very disappointed with myself," Tanaka said after the game, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

Tags: Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
Read More

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven strong innings and outdueled Houston's Dallas Keuchel in New York's 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park.

Pineda (5-9) settled down after a leadoff home run and escaped trouble in the sixth inning to earn his second straight win and put the Yankees three games over .500 for the first time this season.

"We had a feeling it was going to be a low-scoring game," Chase Headley, who hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Brian McTaggart. "Mikey was outstanding. Credit to him. The pitching staff has been great lately and that's a big reason why we're playing a lot better."

Tags: Austin Romine, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
Read More

New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

Catcher Austin Romine hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park. >> Read more

  • Romine went 2 for 3 and drove in Chase Headley with an RBI double in the eighth inning off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.
  • Headley also went 2 for 3 and drove in Didi Gregorius with an RBI single in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1.
  • Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven innings, giving up one run, five hits and two walks. He settled down after surrendering a leadoff home run to Houston's George Springer by retiring 11 of the next 12 batters he faced.
  • Pineda (5-9) pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the sixth inning by getting Alex Bregman, who made his MLB debut, to fly out to right field.
  • Dellin Betances struck out the side in the eighth inning and Andrew Miller pitched the ninth.
  • Keuchel (6-10) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

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

The formula has only changed by one inning. With Aroldis Chapman heading to the Windy City, if the Yankees can get through seven innings with the lead Betances and Miller are likely to make it stand.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Houston Astros, Michael Pineda
Read More

New York Yankees' Michael Pineda delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Michael Pineda delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees travel to Houston to begin their three-game series with the Astros Monday night at 8:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Yankees Astros
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF George Springer, RF
Rob Refsnyder, LF Preston Tucker, LF
Carlos Beltran, DH Jose Altuve, 2B
Starlin Castro, 2B Carlos Correa, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Luis Valbuena, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Alex Bregman, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Evan Gattis, DH
Austin Romine, C Carlos Gomez, CF
Aaron Hicks, RF Jason Castro, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (4-9, 5.25 ERA) was great in his last start, throwing six scoreless innings against the Orioles and allowing only five hits while striking out eight. Pineda had surrendered 10 earned runs total in his previous two outings prior to the start against Baltimore. 


Who's Pitching for the Astros: Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 4.70 ERA) has pitched well lately, not allowing more than two earned runs in any of his last four starts. Keuchel has struggled with control though, racking up nine walks in those four starts.

Tags: Houston Astros, Michael Pineda

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (35) pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The New York Yankees face the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Follow the game live here...

Astros Yankees
Jose Altuve, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
George Springer, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Carlos Correa, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
Colby Rasmus, LF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Carlos Gomez, CF Brian McCann, C
Luis Valbuena, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
Tyler While, 1B Chase Headley, 3B
Preston Tucker, DH Starlin Castro, 2B
Jason Castro, C Didi Gregorius, SS

Who's pitching for the Astros: RHP Collin McHugh. McHugh has won 30 games over the last two seasons,
including a 19-win season in 2015, which ranked 2nd in the AL, trailing only teammate LHP Dallas Keuchel (20-8)...since Aug. 1, 2014, McHugh ranks 2nd in the Majors in wins, trailing only RHP Jake Arrieta.

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda, who is winless in his three season debuts despite three quality outings. In 2015, Pineda led AL pitchers (min. 150.0IP) with a 7.43 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the highest such mark by a pitcher in Yankees history (min. 150.0IP)…ranked 10th among AL pitchers with a 3.5 WAR (Fangraphs).

Tags: Houston Astros

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees open their season up against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Follow the game live here...

Astros Yankees
Jose Altuve, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
George Springer, RF Aaron Hicks, LF
Carlos Correa, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
Colby Rasmus, LF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Carlos Gomez, CF Carlos Beltran, RF
Luis Valbuena, 3B Brian McCann, C
Preston Tucker, DH Chase Headley, 3B
Marwin Gonzalez, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Jose Castro, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS

Who's pitching for the Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel starts for Houston. Last season, Keuchel won the 2015 American League Cy Young Award after going 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA. He led the league with 232 innings pitched. Including his six scoreless innings in the Wild Card game, Keuchel went 3-0 against the Yankees, not allowing a run in 22 innings.

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka starts for the Yankees. Tanaka went 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts last season. Pitching at home, he went 7-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 14 starts. When he faced Keuchel in the Wild Card game, he allowed two runs -- both solo home runs -- in five innings. Tanaka allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings in his only regular-season start against the Astros.

Tags: Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA Today Sports Images)
Astros Yankees
Jake Marsinick, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Marwin Gonzalez, 2B Carlos Beltran, RF
Luis Valbuena, 3B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Tyler White, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Preston Tucker, LF Brian McCann, C
Alex Bregman, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Jon Singleton, DH Chris Denorfia, LF
Max Stassi, C Jorge Mateo, SS
Andrew Aplin, RF Jonathan Diaz, 3B

When and where: 1:05 p.m. at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida


Who's pitching for the Yankees: Michael Pineda will start for New York.


Who's pitching for the Astros: Mike Fiers will pitch for Houston.

Tags: Houston Astros, Michael Pineda

Dominic Smith (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
Dominic Smith (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

Ken Giles gave up two runs in one inning in his debut with the Houston Astros, who lost 3-1 to the New York Mets on Saturday.

Giles is expected to take over the closer role after he was acquired in an offseason trade with Philadelphia. The right-hander went 6-3 with 15 saves and a 1.80 ERA in 69 games with the Phillies last year.

Houston had a 1-0 lead when Giles took the mound for the fifth inning. Eric Campbell doubled and Dilson Herrera had a run-scoring triple on Giles' first two pitches. He walked Ruben Tejada with one out before the Mets grabbed a 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly by Michael Conforto.

New York shortstop Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2 with a walk in his first game since breaking his leg on a hard slide by Chase Utley of the Dodgers in the National League Division Series last season. >> Read more

Tags: Eric Campbell, Houston Astros

New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits before Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits before Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

ESPN's Jim Bowden believes free-agent OF Yoenis Cespedes is close to signing a new contract, though as many as 10 teams have interest in acquiring him (Jan. 17).

Meanwhile, Mets manager Terry Collins said Cespedes wants to come back to New York (Jan. 18).

"I talked to Sandy (Alderson) today, and hopefully we'll continue to move forward [in those negotiations]," Collins told Barry Bloom of MLB.com on Sunday. "I don't know where Cespedes is at contract-wise with anybody else, but I know he wants to come back to New York if he can. He's a great player and we'd love to have him back."

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Yoenis Cespedes
Read More

The Mets added lefty reliever Sean Gilmartin to their NLCS roster in place of Erik Goeddel. (AP)
The Mets added lefty reliever Sean Gilmartin to their NLCS roster in place of Erik Goeddel. (AP)

LHP Sean Gilmartin replacing RHP Erik Goeddel was the only change made to the roster as the Mets prepare for the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.

SS Matt Reynolds stays on the roster to replace the injured SS Ruben Tejada. SS Wilmer Flores will continue to start in Tejada's absence.


 

Mets' NLCS Roster

Position Players (14) Pitching Staff (11)
Starters (8) Bench (6) Rotation (4) Bullpen (7)
Travis d'Arnaud Kelly Johnson Jacob deGrom Jeurys Familia
Lucas Duda Kevin Plawecki Noah Syndergaard Tyler Clippard
Daniel Murphy Wilmer Flores Matt Harvey Addison Reed
Matt Reynolds Michael Conforto Steven Matz Bartolo Colon
David Wright Juan Lagares   Jon Niese
Michael Cuddyer Kirk Nieuwenhuis   Hansel Robles
Curtis Granderson     Sean Gilmartin
Yoenis Cespedes      

 

Tags: Houston Astros