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(Noah K. Murray)

Yankees Game 4 starter Sonny Gray is ready to redeem himself as he looks to help his team tie the ALCS at two apiece. 

Since his loss in Game 1 of the ALDS, Gray has not seen live action in 12 days. So, as he is handed the chance to help the Yankees even the series, he is excited for the opportunity to make peace with his previous start. 

"Nervous, no I'm excited," Gray told Newsday's Steven Marcus. 

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Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Postseason games are typically long, grinding nail-biters where the bullpen's performance can make the difference for a club. After his Game 3 performance, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has officially become an alarming negative factor, which is causing a detrimental trickle-down effect for the remaining bullpen arms.

"He's out of whack," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said referring to Betances after Game 3. "He's [gone] through it a couple of times this year and we've seemingly been able to get him on track a number of different times and we're still trying to do that because I still think he is really important to us."

"We need him, so we'll continue to try to fix it," Girardi said.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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(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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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.

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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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John Harper on ALCS Game 3 00:04:50
John Harper joins the Daily News Live crew to discuss the Yankees' continued offensive struggles in advance of Game 3 of the ALCS.

 

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New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 3 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-0 after winning the first two games in Houston.

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

Who is starting for the Yankees?

LHP CC Sabathia, who allowed two runs on five hits while walking none and striking out nine in 4 1/3 innings against the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS.

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(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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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.

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Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and first base coach Tony Pena (56) walk back to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and first base coach Tony Pena (56) walk back to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

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

Baseball is a game of inches and the Yankees have been literally giving them away.

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(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)

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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(Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees took out starter Luis Severino after four innings in Game 2 of the ALCS, replacing him with reliever Tommy Kahnle. Manager Joe Girardi said the right-handed pitcher -- who hurt his shoulder -- checked out fine after their 2-1 loss to the Astros. 

Girardi and the Yankees' trainer visited Severino after the right-hander appeared to have some discomfort in his right arm, but he remained in the game to pitch the rest of the fourth.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' loss 00:01:57
Gary Sanchez took full responsibility for dropping the ball at home plate in the deciding play of Game 2 of the ALCS in Houston.

Aroldis Chapman allowed a walk-off double to Carlos Correa and Justin Verlander stifled the Yankees in New York's 2-1 loss in Game 2 of the ALCS in Houston. The Yankees are trailing in the series 2-0. << Box Score

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 2 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Saturday afternoon in Houston at 4 p.m. The Astros lead the series 1-0 after taking Game 1, 2-1, on Friday night.

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(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)

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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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had another strong outing, but unfortunately suffered the loss in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. 

Tanaka knew he needed to pitch similar to his ALDS performance if he wanted to match Astros' ace Dallas Keuchel. That is exactly what he was doing to start the game as he didn't let up a hit through the first three innings. However, when Jose Altuve notched an infield single in the fourth, it would be just enough for the Astros to take the lead. 

With Carlos Correa at the dish, Altuve stole second setting up a Correa single to put the first run on the board for the Astros. Tanaka was in a groove with no runners on base, but when he was forced to throw from the stretch, he knows he needed better command of his pitches...

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Judge and Castro on Game 1 loss 00:01:10
Aaron Judge and Starlin Castro discuss the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS.

Dallas Keuchel pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits while striking out 10, as the Astros defeated the Yankees 2-1 in the first game of the American League Championship Series Friday in Houston.

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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 1 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Friday night in Houston at 8:08 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

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
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Starlin Castro, 2B
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Carlos Beltran, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Matt Holliday, DH
Brian McCann, C Todd Frazier, 3B

Who is starting for the Yankees?

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Masahiro Tanaka
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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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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
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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
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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

The Yankees announced their 25-man ALCS roster on Friday morning, which is identical to what their roster was for the ALDS.

Click below for the roster

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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks in ALCS 00:01:45
Eamon McAnaney gauges the energy in the Yankees' clubhouse as the team prepares to take on the 101-win Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

What in the heck is Joe Girardi doing with that ALCS rotation? Can't believe the Yankees manager set things up that way. Of all the harebrained…

Sorry, just had a flashback to the chaos that was Game 2 of the AL Division Series and its aftermath, when Girardi made several tactical missteps, the season looked finished and everything he did or said felt wrong.

Now that Girardi has redeemed himself with sharp managing during the comeback, helped by strong performances by the players who vowed, "This one is for Joe," we're on board with Girardi's moves, including how he set the rotation.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi celebrates with his after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi celebrates with his after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Girardi embraced his coaches, then charged out of the New York Yankees' dugout, pumping his fists and hugging his players. With one back slap after another, there was no hiding his elation.

The manager's miscues from Game 2 of the AL Division Series no longer mattered, all thanks to the battling baby Bronx Bombers.

"People make mistakes and we pick each other up, that's what we do here," first baseman Greg Bird said. "We're going to keep doing that. ... It's got us to where we are, and it's going to get us to where we want to be." >> Read more

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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on ALCS 00:03:53
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses Joe Girardi's decision to start Masahiro Tanaka in Game 1 of the ALCS instead of Sonny Gray.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi determined his ALCS starting rotation based on the recent performance of pitchers, he told reporters on Thursday.

Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming off strong outing during which he allowed no runs in seven innings of work, will start Game 1 for the Yankees, while Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray will follow.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Venting Machine: Tanaka starting 00:01:30
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein react to Masahiro Tanaka being named the Yankees' ALCS Game 1 starter and Brett Gardner's style of celebration.

The Yankees announced their starting pitchers for the American League Championship Series ahead of Friday's series opener.

Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched seven shutout innings in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Indians, will start Game 1, while Luis Severino will look to build from his bounce-back start this week when he takes the hill in Game 2. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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McAnaney and Botte talk Yankees 00:04:15
Eamon McAnaney and Peter Botte share their thoughts on the Yankees' comeback against Cleveland in the ALDS and the key factors in the ALCS.

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

Players have confidence in themselves, but often times, an influx of talent via trade invigorates the remaining roster and demonstrates the organization's faith in the squad.

The Yankees reached the American League Championship Series, and an organizational decision to buy 12 days before the trade deadline has become an important factor that has elevated the team in the postseason...

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Murti previews ALCS from Houston 00:05:06
On Loud Mouths, SNY's Yankees insider Sweeny Murti discusses Aaron Judge's spot in the lineup, the Yankees' rotation and Dallas Keuchel.

The Yankees went 2-5 against their ALCS opponent, the Houston Astros, during the regular season, with each game taking place prior to Houston's acquisition of RHP Justin Verlander.

AL West champion Houston, who won 101 games during the regualr season, dispatched the Red Sox in four games in the ALDS.

The best-of-seven ALCS begins on Friday night in Houston, with RHP Dallas Keuchel starting for the Astros. Verlander gets the ball for Game 2...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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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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Yankees SS Didi Gregorius sent two homers over the right field fence on Wednesday night to help lead the Yankees over the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS. 

Indians starter Corey Kluber had a rough outing in Game 2, only making it through 2 2/3 innings before exiting. He was fully rested in Game 5, and was expected to turn things around in the decisive game. 

Gregorius had other plans for Kluber as he quieted the crowd, launching a solo shot with two outs in his first at-bat to put the Yankees up 1-0. But he wasn't done. Gregorius stepped up to the plate -- this time with Brett Gardner on first -- and completely silenced the crowd with a two-run shot to extend the Yankees' lead to three. 

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BNNY: Yanks advance to the ALCS 00:03:16
The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down the Yankees' ALDS victory and previews their matchup against the Astros in the next round.

LHP CC Sabathia was stellar through four innings before wavering in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 5-2 ALDS-clinching victory over the Indians on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Sabathia didn't allow his first base runner until Franciso Lindor's leadoff single in the fourth inning as he struck out eight of the first 13 batters he faced.

"Again, that's CC," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game. "That's who he is. That's been who he's been his whole life: The guy you can count on. And he did it again tonight. This is a very good offense. Everyone wants to talk about their pitching and we were able to hold them in check for the most part.''

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Yankees on 5-2 victory in Game 5 00:06:25
CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Brian Cashman, and David Robertson discuss advancing to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.

On the strength of two home runs from Didi Gregorius and a shutdown effort by the bullpen, the Yankees beat the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS, 5-2, to take the series.

After losing the first two games, the Yankees stormed back to win the next three to advance to the ALCS, where they will take on the Astros. >> Box score


The Yankees jumped on the board quickly against Corey Kluber when Gregorius ripped a solo homer in the first inning.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius
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Harper and Botte preview Game 5 00:02:06
John Harper and Peter Botte discuss the pitching matchup and more ahead of Game 5 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Indians.

The Yankees and Indians play the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday night in Cleveland at 8:08 p.m.

The winner will advance to face the Astros in the ALCS, which begins on Friday night.

Indians Yankees
Francisco Lindor, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Jason Kipnis, CF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Ramirez, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Santana, 1B Greg Bird, 1B
Austin Jackson, LF Starlin Castro, 2B
Jay Bruce, RF Aaron Hicks, CF
Roberto Perez, C Jacoby Ellsbury, DH
Giovanny Urshela, 3B Todd Frazier, 3B
Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians
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Murti on ALDS elimination game 00:01:53
SNY's Yankee Insider Sweeny Murti joins Loud Mouths to preview the ALDS Game 5 pitching matchup between CC Sabathia and Corey Kluber.

CC Sabathia has pitched in plenty of big games during his big league career, and he is confident that he and the Yankees can get things done in Game 5 of the ALDS. 

"Just knowing these guys and the way we responded all year, this is a team that I felt like every time, whether it's in a game or coming up through the season, we had tough times or backs against the wall, I felt like we responded really well," Sabathia told reporters Tuesday night. "So I didn't see why we couldn't go home and play well and end up back here."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:02:18
Sweeny Murti reports live from Cleveland on the mentality of the Yankees as they prepare for a decisive Game 5 against Corey Kluber.

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The Yankees have to win their fourth elimination game in just over a week to advance in these AL playoffs. The Indians must shrug off the ghosts of their blown World Series last year, in which they lost three consecutive do-or-die games to the Cubs.

Corey Kluber thinks he needs to correct, as he put it, "Everything," about the way he pitched in his Game 2 stinker. CC Sabathia is just glad to be working Wednesday night in Cleveland. Why? "Watching these games, you'll get an ulcer," Sabathia said at the off-day press conferences in Cleveland...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Anthony McCarron
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Harper talks Yankees' chances 00:04:58
John Harper discusses the Yankees' chances to win Game 5 in Cleveland and their resiliency after falling into an 0-2 hole in the ALDS.

Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion is in the lineup and hitting fourth for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Wednesday night.

Encarnacion, who suffered an ankle injury during Game 2 while sliding back in to second base, missed Games 3 and 4 in New York.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Indians lineup totaled just three runs in Games 3 and 4 with Encarnacion out of the lineup, but to be fair, Cleveland scored seven runs without him after he was removed in the first inning of Game 2...

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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: BNNY 00:05:01
The BNNY panel discusses the Yankees' chances against Corey Kluber in Game 5 and how many innings Joe Girardi will stick with CC Sabathia.

With the Yankees taking back-to-back games at home, the Indians will now give ace Corey Kluber the ball in the win-of-go-home Game 5 of the ALDS. 

Kluber, a likely candidate for the Cy Young Award, lasted just 2 2/3 innings during his start in Game 2 of this series, yielding six runs on seven hits (two home runs). 

"I didn't pitch well, didn't have good command, didn't throw the ball where I wanted to,'' Kluber said, according to ESPN. "So that's kind of what it boils down to.''

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Oct 4, 2017; Farrell (53) during workouts at Minute Maid Park. Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2017; Farrell (53) during workouts at Minute Maid Park. Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox have fired manager John Farrell and will begin their managerial search immediately, the team announced on Wednesday.

Farrell managed the Red Sox from 2013-2017, with Boston winning the World Series in 2013, and losing in the ALDS each of the last two seasons.

Boston is potentially interested in Brad Ausmus and/or Alex Cora to replace Farrell, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

As the Yankees head into Cleveland for a decisive Game 5, they will have their key bullpen arms at full rest. 

The team can thank game 4 starter Luis Severino for that fortune. Severino went a full seven innings to earn the win Monday night, and it allowed manager Joe Girardi to use only Dellin Betances and Tommy Kahnle the rest of the way. 

Girardi needed that outing from the 23-year-old who he says matured with his first postseason win.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

In order to complete the series reversal and head to the ALCS against Houston, the Yankees must once again get through Indians ace Corey Kluber back in Cleveland. 

No one expected Kluber to be done after three innings in Game 2 as the Yankees plated six runs of the AL Cy Young candidate. CC Sabathia also started in that game, and though he allowed the Indians to get back in it, he thrived when the Yankees stretched the lead. 

This is why OF Brett Gardner is confident in Sabathia to lead to Yankees to victory. 

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Matt Holliday (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Matt Holliday (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The American League has the distinct offensive advantage of the designated hitter. It's doing the Yankees no good in the ALDS.

After four games in the ALDS, the Yankees may as well have used their pitchers in the DH spot, as the combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley has collected zero hits in 14 at-bats with just two walks while striking out seven times. Add in the wild card game and the hitless skid for Yankees DH's in the postseason is 20 at-bats, with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Meanwhile, the man they paid $13 million to be the 2017 DH, Matt Holliday, has yet to receive a single plate appearance in the series. This has to change with a Game 5 start, and if the Yankees are fortunate enough to get to the ALCS, Holliday's name in the lineup should continue to be inserted regardless of his results in Game 5.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holliday, Chris Carelli
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