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Yankees need ace like Gerrit Cole as they pivot toward 2020

Oct. 20, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole could be seeing a lot more of the New York Yankees real soon. While there was no Game 7 for the Astros' ace to face the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, could he start New York's opener at Baltimore on March 26? "The work never ends," New York manager Aaron Boone said after...

Verlander can't close out Yanks; ALCS heads back to Houston

Oct. 19, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander watched and waited, hoping Aaron Hicks' drive deep down the right field line would hook foul at the last instant. When it bonked hard off the bright yellow foul pole for a three-run homer, Verlander crouched beside the mound and simply held up his glove, waiting for a new...

LeMahieu, Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS

Oct. 19, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton was filled with nerves, and so were New York Yankees fans, worried the season was slipping away. Tension only surged when the top of the first featured a little grounder that got away, a passed ball and a run-scoring wild pitch. No worries. Boom! DJ LeMahieu drove Justin...

In bullpen battle, Yanks can even ALCS vs Astros in Game 6

Oct. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole may get a chance to punch the Houston Astros' ticket to the World Series. Only if Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and the rest of the New York Yankees' acclaimed relief corps force him to try. After staving off elimination with a 4-1 victory Friday night in the Bronx, the Yankees...

Stanton returns to Yanks lineup as DH in Game 5 of ALCS

Oct. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton visited manager Aaron Boone's office Thursday night. Their conversation was brief. "We both kind of said, 'Let's go,'" Boone said. Stanton is back in New York's lineup for Game 5 of the AL Championship Series after missing three straight games with a...

Sabathia, Yanks come apart as Astros push them to brink

Oct. 18, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia threw a cutter to George Springer and grimaced from the pain in his left shoulder, then covered his face with his glove as he walked to the dugout after what was likely the final pitch of his career. Three-time Gold Glove winner DJ LeMahieu had the first two-error game of his...

Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next

Oct. 18, 2019 2:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They have the pitching, and they don't need the pitches. Certainly, the Houston Astros have confidence for good reason on the brink of another World Series. "It's Justin Verlander," reliever Ryan Pressly said. George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run homers and the Astros got...

Stanton still out, Hicks moved up to 3rd in Yanks' order

Oct. 17, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton remained out of the New York Yankees lineup for the third straight game and Aaron Hicks was moved up to third in the batting order for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Limited by injuries to 18 games during the regular...

Yanks' bullpen to be tested after rainout squeezes ALCS

Oct. 16, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rainy day in the Bronx has left a most daunting October test for the New York Yankees vaunted bullpen: four games, four days and already a deficit to overcome against the Houston Astros in their AL Championship Series. Game 4 of the ALCS scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed a day...

Tipped off: Pitch-tipping paranoia haunting teams in October

Oct. 16, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Astros manager AJ Hinch has heard the chatter — that Rays starter Tyler Glasnow was offering a sneak peek on his off-speed deliveries, that Houston had a poker-worthy tell on Yankees hard throwers James Paxton and Luis Severino. All that pitch-tipping paranoia? "I think it's kind of...