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With His Bat and His Glove, Aaron Judge Lifts Yankees Past Astros

“It was his night,” Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. “He played defense tonight. He did a lot of things well for them and really was a big difference in the game.” Photo C.C. Sabathia pitching in the second inning. Sabathia had five strikeouts and four walks in six innings. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times The Yankees, who ...

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How the Astros Went From Nowhere to the Brink of the World Series

In 2012, the Astros used the first pick to choose Carlos Correa, now their superstar shortstop, who homered and doubled in the winning run in Game 2 on Saturday. But in 2013, they chose Mark Appel, a Stanford right-hander who has not appeared in the majors. In 2014, they took a high school pitcher, Brady Aiken, who turned out to ...

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Jose Altuve’s Mad Dash Gives the Astros Another Win Over the Yankees

As invigorating as the victory was for the Astros, it was gut-wrenching for the Yankees, whose resolve will be tested once again in these playoffs. Just as in the division series, they will return home for Game 3 having lost the first two games on the road. In the two games here, both 2-1 defeats, they managed just one run ...

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Astros Edge Yankees, Who Are Confounded Again by Dallas Keuchel

In an era of hard and harder throwers, Keuchel, a left-hander with a House of David beard, is a throwback of another sort — a pitcher who cuts, fades and darts the ball in and out, living on the edges of the plate and rarely in the center of it. His fastball is a misnomer, barely eclipsing 90 miles per ...

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Cubs Add a Chapter to Nationals’ Painful Postseason History

The Nationals did not go down without a fight. After squandering the lead in the fifth inning, the Nationals kept injecting tension and hope by grinding through the Cubs’ shaky bullpen. “Everyone in this room and everyone in their room had a million chances to win,” Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. It was not until Cubs closer Wade Davis, ...

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Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.

A year after losing a three-games-to-one lead to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, the Indians lost three straight to the Yankees — and, just like last season, the final defeat came at their own ballpark. The Yankees now head to Houston, where they will begin the American League Championship Series on Friday against a familiar nemesis: the Astros ...

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How the United States Missed the World Cup, Minute by Minute

17’ Americans Stunned by Own Goal The first sign of trouble comes at the same time as a hint of potential salvation. In San Pedro Sula, Oribe Peralta gives Mexico a 1-0 lead over Honduras at about the same moment United States defender Omar Gonzalez swings his leg toward Trinidad forward Shahdon Winchester in Couva. Gonzalez and Winchester both are ...

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Yankees Pounce on Indians’ Errors and Send Series to Game 5

The Yankees will start C. C. Sabathia against Corey Kluber, the Indians’ ace, for the opportunity to face Houston in the American League Championship Series. The Yankees — with an assist from Urshela — pounced early on Trevor Bauer, who had shut them out for seven innings in the series opener. They rode the electric right arm of starter Luis ...

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Greg Bird Preserves Yankees’ Season, Toppling the Indians With a Lone Blast

Still, despite the heroics of Bird and Tanaka, who shut out the Indians on three hits over seven innings, and effective pitching from Aroldis Chapman, who retired Carlos Santana on a fly ball to center with two runners on to end the game, the Yankees needed every bit of the 6-foot-7-inch frame of right fielder Aaron Judge. Judge has been ...

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Joe Girardi, Upon Review, Offers a Rare Mea Culpa: ‘I Screwed Up’

Given a night of restless sleep — and after perhaps letting an excoriation from the news media (including from commentators on the YES Network, which is partly owned by the Yankees) sink in — Girardi ventured to the Bronx on Saturday, disassembled his standard defensive armor and offered up something unusual: a mea culpa. “I screwed up,” he said. “In ...

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