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Hinch blows whistle, calls sign stealing suspicions 'a joke'

Oct. 18, 2019 2:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Astros manager AJ Hinch blew his own whistle Thursday on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He's had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what's coming at the plate. Hinch eagerly weighed in again on an issue that won't seem to go away this postseason....

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...

LEADING OFF: Storm over ALCS, Nats headed to World Series

Oct. 16, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: WEATHER OR NOT A major storm was moving into the New York area, putting Game 4 of the AL Championship Series in peril. The Astros lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup after winning at Yankee Stadium 4-1 on Tuesday. The teams are scheduled to play at night, but...

Cole pitches Astros past Yankees 4-1 for 2-1 lead in ALCS

Oct. 15, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole is making his pitch to own this October. A gritty Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. Altuve and Josh...

Yankees slumping at plate, fall behind 2-1 to Astros in ALCS

Oct. 15, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius turned on a first-pitch fastball from Gerrit Cole with two on and two outs in the fifth inning and sent it soaring toward the right-field seats. The crowd at Yankee Stadium rose and roared, hoping for a go-ahead drive. "I think every flyball in 2019 is a homer," Houston...

Yankees, Astros plan all relievers in ALCS Game 4 vs. Astros

Oct. 14, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees and Astros plan all-bullpen games from the start in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series in a sign of the times. With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, New York's Luis Severino starts Game 3 on Tuesday against Gerrit Cole. Masahiro Tanaka began the opener for the Yankees and...

LEADING OFF: Paxton vs Verlander in ALCS, day off for NLCS

Oct. 13, 2019 2:41 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: Justin Verlander starts for Houston in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, trying to even the best-of-seven matchup with the Yankees. New York won the opener 7-0 at Minute Maid Park behind Gleyber Torres' hitting and Masahiro Tanaka's pitching. Verlander...

Torres, Tanaka lead Yankees over Astros 7-0 in ALCS opener

Oct. 13, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The youngest Baby Bomber is all grown up. Any surprise Gleyber Torres is doing so well in October? "I mean, not really," he said. The 22-year-old Torres kept up his postseason surge with a homer and five RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka polished his playoff resume and the New York Yankees blanked the...