Judge helps Yanks rise in 8th to even ALCS

Judge helps Yanks rise in 8th to even ALCS

NEW YORK -- There is no quit in these "Baby Bombers," and as their youthful exuberance fuels an incredible postseason run, they have summoned the excitement of Bronx Octobers past. The triple decks of Yankee Stadium are being transformed into a deafening, swaying party zone on a nightly basis.

Aaron Judge homered and delivered a game-tying hit, while Gary Sanchez crushed the go-ahead double in a decisive four-run eighth as the Yankees stunned the Astros with a 6-4 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday to even the American League Championship Series at two games apiece.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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Headley's quick thinking keeps rally alive in 8th

Gardner, Judge, Sanchez follow with RBIs as Yanks knot ALCS at 2

Headley's quick thinking keeps rally alive in 8th

NEW YORK -- The emotions spun on a dime for Chase Headley as the Yankees' four-run eighth inning began to unfold, his stumble around first base instantly transforming the elation of having delivered a pinch-hit line drive into a clay-streaked cloud of panic.

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

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Mark Feinsand

Judge maturing before our eyes in ALCS

Following tough ALDS, Yanks' rookie reverts to his slugging ways

Judge maturing before our eyes in ALCS

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez's slump-busting double is cathartic

Yankees slugger has three RBIs in ALCS Game 4

Sanchez's slump-busting double is cathartic

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez was sunk in the longest hitless slump of his career before the eighth inning Tuesday -- some "night is darkest before the dawn" stuff for a slugger who has seemed immune to such silence over his first two Major League seasons.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Headley's heads-up play keys Yanks' rally

Headley's heads-up play keys Yanks' rally

NEW YORK -- When breaking down the Yankees' epic 6-4 comeback victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday, both Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and Astros manager A.J. Hinch pointed to Chase Headley's mad scramble to second base in the eighth inning as the biggest play of the game.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka aims to put Yankees on precipice of WS

Tanaka aims to put Yankees on precipice of WS

NEW YORK -- An unlikely comeback has been completed, with the Yankees' Game 4 dramatics giving them two consecutive wins over the Astros in this best-of-seven American League Championship Series to tie it at 2 and set the stage for a crucial Game 5 on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Consider this a brand new series.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reliever Green an unsung hero again in Gm. 4

Converted starter earns first postseason win with two solid innings

Reliever Green an unsung hero again in Gm. 4

NEW YORK -- The Yankees find themselves two wins away from the Fall Classic, thanks in part to unsung hero Chad Green, who held the Astros in check in the late innings and picked up the victory in Game 4 on Tuesday, a 6-4 Yankees win. The right-hander pitched two solid innings, allowing one hit and an unearned run, with two strikeouts.

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Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and does a podcast, Newsmakers. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka gets to pitch pivotal Game 5 at home

Yanks righty, who has been much better at Yankee Stadium than on the road, opposes Keuchel

Tanaka gets to pitch pivotal Game 5 at home

NEW YORK -- The stakes couldn't be much higher for Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka when he takes the mound in Wednesday's Game 5 matchup of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World opposite former AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel. Tanaka has a chance to put New York up in the best-of-seven ALCS after the club rallied to tie the series at 2 with its 6-4 comeback win Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge called out at 2nd after odd sequence

Wild caught-stealing play ends fourth following baserunning blunder

Judge called out at 2nd after odd sequence

NEW YORK -- The Astros and Yankees were involved in one of the more bizarre replay reviews you'll ever see during the fourth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday, a 6-4 Yankees win that knotted the series at 2-2.

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Jane Lee has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DYK? Facts, figures about ALCS Game 4

DYK? Facts, figures about ALCS Game 4

The Yankees' championship hopes are alive and well.

Trailing the Astros by four runs in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, New York scored twice in the seventh inning and added four more in the eighth. Those two innings spurred a 6-4 victory on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium that evened the best-of-seven series against Houston at 2-2.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros-Yanks ALCS Game 4: In Real Life

Astros-Yanks ALCS Game 4: In Real Life

The Yankees rallied from four runs down to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. The victory evened the series at two games apiece.

MLB.com was on the scene in and around Yankee Stadium.

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Girardi: Run prevention spurs Romine decision

Girardi: Run prevention spurs Romine decision

NEW YORK -- Citing run prevention as the driving factor, Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to pair backup catcher Austin Romine with right-hander Sonny Gray for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, shifting Gary Sanchez to the designated-hitter role as the Yanks aim to even the best-of-seven set with the Astros.

"They've seemed to work a little bit better together during the course of the season," Girardi said. "I'm thinking more about run prevention right now and the importance of your starting pitcher giving you some distance."

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

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Mark Feinsand

Yankees feast on postseason home cooking

New York now 4-0 in playoff games at Stadium after Game 3 win

Yankees feast on postseason home cooking

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia never suited up in pinstripes at the old Yankee Stadium. For him, the ballpark on the other side of 161st Street represented everything a visiting player hated about playing on the road.

From the architecture that made you feel the fans were on top of you, to the noise that reverberated in the biggest of moments and shook the old building to its core, the old Stadium was among the toughest places for a visiting team to play.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks, Judge make Astros CC sick in G3

Yanks, Judge make Astros CC sick in G3

NEW YORK -- Each of the three October contests between the Astros and Yankees have featured loud chants of "M-V-P!" echoing throughout a sold-out venue. Jose Altuve's fantastic season has continued for Houston, but Monday night's plaudits were for Aaron Judge, as the Yanks' rookie right fielder enjoyed a postseason performance for the ages at Yankee Stadium.

Judge crushed a three-run homer in the fourth inning and made several splendid defensive plays, including a fearless crash into the right-field wall in the top of the fourth, as he made his presence felt by powering the Yankees' surge in an 8-1 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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At old Stadium site, O'Neill recalls glory days

Yankees icon hosts homer contest at Macombs Dam Park

At old Stadium site, O'Neill recalls glory days

NEW YORK -- Paul O'Neill threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 4 of the American League Championship Series Tuesday at Yankee Stadium and received a warm welcome from his longtime fans. But several hours before the game, the Yankees legend was next door on the familiar and hallowed ground of the old Yankee Stadium, and closing his eyes he could feel the earth shake again.

"I can remember standing on home plate here and actually feeling the ground shake," O'Neill said. "It was that cool. Playoff baseball, here in the old Yankee Stadium. Just to realize who ran around here, who walked down in the same tunnels we did. There were pictures of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle walking down the same corridors of the old Yankee Stadium. There are a lot of great memories and a lot of great teams we were fortunate to be a part of in the late '90s.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sabathia rescues Yankees with another gem

Veteran lefty now 10-0 when pitching after a Bombers loss in '17

Sabathia rescues Yankees with another gem

NEW YORK -- What do a bear and a bulldog have in common? Both can be ferocious, both fight. CC Sabathia reminds his teammates of both, in the best ways possible, for the way he's responded this postseason with the Yankees' backs against the wall.

For the second time in a week, Sabathia delivered in a game the Yankees needed to win, tossing six scoreless innings in an 8-1 win over the Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. Wednesday's Game 5 in the AL Division Series was an actual elimination game, but Monday's may as well have been one too, as the Yanks desperately hoped to avoid a 3-0 hole in this ALCS presented by Camping World.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Robertson a finalist for AL Reliever of Year

Giles, Kimbrel, Robertson in AL; Davis, Jansen, Knebel in NL

Robertson a finalist for AL Reliever of Year

The Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award, both presented by The Hartford, are scheduled to be presented Oct. 28 at Game 4 of the 113th World Series.

Everyone knows how important bullpens are in Major League Baseball these days, but can everyone agree on which two relievers should receive this important hardware from those legendary closers at the big ceremony?

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge denies Astros' motion with big Game 3

Yankees slugger clubs 3-run homer, makes pair of spectacular catches

Judge denies Astros' motion with big Game 3

NEW YORK -- The physical attributes are undeniable with Aaron Judge, a hulking athlete with plus power, a plus throwing arm and the agility to cover ground rapidly. That has all been impressive during the outfielder's standout rookie season, but the Yankees believe his mental makeup is the asset that will make him a superstar for years to come.

Judge broke out of his playoff slump to make massive contributions on both sides of the ball in New York's 8-1 victory over the Astros on Monday night in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, sandwiching a pair of terrific defensive plays around a three-run homer as the Yankees remained undefeated in the Bronx this postseason and cut Houston's series lead to 2-1 heading into Game 4 tonight.

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

Frazier gets Yanks going with 1st playoff HR

Blast sets stage for New York's 8-1 win in Game 3 of ALCS

Frazier gets Yanks going with 1st playoff HR

NEW YORK -- As Todd Frazier made contact with a 95-mph fastball down and away from Astros right-hander Charlie Morton in the second inning on Monday night, right fielder Josh Reddick initially broke in, thinking it was going to be a shallow fly ball.

But the ball kept carrying, and as Frazier saw it clear the fence in right field for a three-run homer, the New Jersey native couldn't help but hop in celebration as he reached first base before raising his right arm to the fans and his family in right as he rounded the base.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betances continues to struggle

Yankees reliever walks two batters on 10 pitches in ninth

Betances continues to struggle

NEW YORK -- With the Yankees leading the Astros in the ninth inning on Monday, manager Joe Girardi had the perfect low-leverage situation to get reliever Dellin Betances a chance to find some confidence and get back on track.

But Betances' control issues continued, and he walked Marwin Gonzalez on four pitches and Derek Fisher on six to put the first two men aboard. It elicited boos from the crowd at Yankee Stadium and Girardi removed Betances from the game to bring in right-hander Tommy Kahnle to preserve an 8-1 win in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Let's look back at some of Aaron Judge's best defensive plays from the year

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Let's look back at some of Aaron Judge's best defensive plays from the year

Throughout the regular season, Aaron Judge was best known for his ability to hit dingers and to hit them a long way. He earned that reputation as primarily a power hitter for good reason: He won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and set a rookie single-season record with 52 regular-season home runs.

Judge's postseason has been primarily composed of great plays in the field, including two catches that left the right-field wall worse for the wear. But this isn't new for Judge; he's been making great catches all year. Let's use this defensive outburst, then, as an occasion to appreciate his work throughout the regular season.

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Didi had some firsts during Game 3

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Didi had some firsts during Game 3

There's a first time for everything. Or in this case, a first time for two things.

As the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World continued during the Yankees' 8-1 win over the Astros on Monday, Yanks shortstop Didi Gregorius had a couple firsts of the season occur.

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DYK? Facts, figures about ALCS Game 3

DYK? Facts, figures about ALCS Game 3

The American League Championship Series presented by Camping World shifted to the Bronx for Monday night's Game 3, and the Yankees finally found their footing.

Behind CC Sabathia's six scoreless innings and three-run homers from Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge, New York topped the Astros, 8-1. Houston still leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1, heading into tonight's Game 4.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge vs. The Wall: Round 2

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Judge vs. The Wall: Round 2

Last weekend, in Game 3 of the ALDS, Aaron Judge made an incredible home-run robbing catch on Francisco Lindor (while also denying a souvenir from a well-known baseball collector). In doing both of these things, he broke off a bottom section of the wall -- because Aaron Judge is a large 6-foot-7, 282-pound man who can't help destroying everything in his path.

And then, during ALCS Game 3 presented by Camping World on Monday against the Astros, Judge decided he wasn't finished with the Yankee Stadium wall. He wanted some more. On a Yuli Gurriel fly ball, he slammed right into it -- making another fantastic grab in the process. Look at the fans, cowering in fear of his momentous power.

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Frazier threw his bat at the ball and hit a HR

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Frazier threw his bat at the ball and hit a HR

What's one of those platitudes we all heard in Little League, whether from coaches or our own parents, hoping that we'd one day become All-Stars? "Put the ball in play; good things can happen."

It's definitely true, and is reinforced daily when watching just about any game. The most recent example came in the Yankees' 8-1 win in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Monday night, courtesy of New York third baseman Todd Frazier. 

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Astros-Yankees ALCS Game 3: In Real Life

Astros-Yankees ALCS Game 3: In Real Life

The Yankees beat the Astros, 8-1, on Monday to win Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. We were at the scene in and around Yankee Stadium. Houston leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

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ALCS Game 3: Joe Girardi postgame interview

ALCS Game 3: Joe Girardi postgame interview

Q. How do you describe CC tonight?

JOE GIRARDI: He's pitched really well all playoff. And really, all season long when his knee has felt well. So I'm not surprised what he did tonight. We talked about it, we wanted him on the mound tonight. We thought we had the right guy on the mound tonight. Again, 6 innings, just an outstanding effort. Couldn't ask for anything more.

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