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Mammoth matchup: Astros meet Yankees in ALCS

Oct. 11, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — It's the AL Championship Series matchup most everyone expected entering the season. But the paths the Houston Astros and New York Yankees took to get here weren't exactly what either team envisioned. "It's definitely been brewing," Houston ace Justin Verlander said. "We heard from the first...

Column: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game

Oct. 9, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In a different time, it was an attractive little two-bedroom home, constructed in the early 1940s out of red brick and owned by one of the greatest players ever to grace the diamond, a towering yet tragic figure who lived the last half of his life and went to his grave as a pariah,...

Sabathia's shoulder healing, could be on Yanks' ALCS roster

Oct. 9, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia could be on the New York Yankees' roster for the AL Championship Series after missing the previous round with an achy left shoulder. The left-handed Sabathia sat out New York's three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Division Series, but manager Aaron Boone said the...

LEADING OFF: Verlander on short rest, both NLDS go to Game 5

Oct. 8, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: RESTED ENOUGH Justin Verlander will start on three days of rest as the Astros try to put away the Rays in Game 4 of their AL Division Series at Tampa Bay. It will be Verlander's second career start on short rest — the other came after a one-inning,...

Swept out of playoffs, Twins still proud of 101-win season

Oct. 8, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While the New York Yankees were dousing themselves with cheap drinks down the hall in the Target Field basement, the Minnesota Twins were left to wonder how 101 wins, 307 homers and so much summer fun could lead to such an abrupt autumn exit. Minnesota's major league record streak of 16...

Streak stretches on: Twins take 16th straight playoff loss

Oct. 8, 2019 3:52 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The night began with Torii Hunter throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Joe Mauer, energizing the over-capacity crowd gathered for the first postseason game at Target Field since 2010, the year the ballpark opened. The evening ended in familiar deflation for the Twins, with two more...

Torres leads Yankees to 5-1 win and sweep of Twins

Oct. 8, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the New York Yankees won the World Series, a full decade ago, Gleyber Torres was not yet a teenager in Venezuela. Boosted by an age-defiant performance by their 22-year-old star second baseman, the Yankees moved one step closer to that elusive trophy. Torres got New York...

New York Yankees complete playoff sweep of Minnesota Twins, advance to AL Championship Series

Oct. 8, 2019 12:45 AM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New York Yankees complete playoff sweep of Minnesota Twins, advance to AL Championship Series.

LEADING OFF: All 4 Division Series matchups could be decided

Oct. 7, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: REMEMBER ME? Charlie Morton helped Houston achieve the ultimate prize in 2017, winning Game 7 of the AL Championship Series with a sharp start against the Yankees and then winning Game 7 of the World Series in relief against the Dodgers. This time, he hopes to...

Severino fresh as Yankees try to sweep Twins again

Oct. 6, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Severino certainly should be fresh when he tries to lead the New York Yankees to yet another Division Series sweep of the Minnesota Twins. The 25-year-old right-hander didn't make his regular-season debut until Sept. 17, spending most of the year rehabbing a lat muscle injury...