Sport Yankees plan to go all relievers in ALCS Game 4 vs. Astros
Cole, Astros beat Rays 6-1 in ALDS Game 5; Yankees next
The Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the ALCS.HOUSTON (AP) -- Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 to set up a titanic showdown with the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series.
Astros vs Yankees live stream: how to watch ALCS 2019 baseball online from anywhere
See the two American League powerhouses shoot for the 2019 World Series. This is how to live stream Astros vs Yankees, no matter where on Earth you are.With the Yankees hailing from New York and the Astros from Houston, Texas, the seven-game ALCS baseball series is divided between the two cities. Games 3, 4 and 5 are taking place at Yankee Stadium with 6 and 7 (if required) at Minute Maid Park.
With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, Luis Severino starts Game 3 on Tuesday against Gerrit Cole. Masahiro Tanaka started the opener and James Paxton was on the mound for Game 2. Manager Aaron Boone plans to use pitchers who have been in the bullpen in the postseason during the fourth game on Wednesday night.
"J.A. Happ could very much be in the mix, as well as I picture our bullpen being unleashed on that day," Boone said Monday as the series shifted to New York.
A starter during the regular season, Happ has relieved during the playoffs. The 36-year-old left-hander entered in the 10th inning of Game 2, escaped a two-outs jam, then allowed Carlos Correa's home run leading off the 11th that gave the Astros a 3-2 win.
Weather could cause New York to alter its plans. Heavy rain is forecast for Wednesday, and if Game 4 is postponed, the Yankees would be able to bring back Tanaka, the Game 1 winner, on normal rest.
Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next
NEW YORK (AP) — George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the sloppy New York Yankees 8-3 Thursday night and reach the cusp of a second World Series visit in three years. The Astros lead the AL Championship Series 3-1, putting the 2017 World Series winners on the brink of a showdown with the NL champion Washington Nationals. Houston still has Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole queued up for this series, and the Yankees will have to beat both to survive. Verlander will start Game 5 on Friday night against James Paxton.
Boone removed Paxton after 2 1/3 innings and 51 pitches, and the bullpen allowed two runs and three hits in 7 2/3 innings. George Springer hit a tying home run in the fifth on Adam Ottavino's first pitch.
"I don't think he's as far off maybe as is being talked, but he's certainly not as sharp as he's been most of the year," Boone said. "I feel like he's close to being that, and I think some small successes hopefully will spur him on because he needs to play a big role for us."
Boone says a decision won't be made until Wednesday on outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who strained his right quadriceps in the opener and missed Game 2.
Limited by injuries to 18 games during the regular season, Stanton homered in the opener. If he were dropped from the roster against the Astros, he would be ineligible to return this year.
Revisiting the walkoff wins in Astros playoff history
The current era of Astros baseball has had its share of memorable playoff games and finishes. Saturday night brought another one that won't be forgotten anytime soon in Houston. Jose Altuve's two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Yankees in Game 6 to send the Astros to the World Series against the Nationals in one of Minute Maid Park's greatest finishes. Altuve also became the fourth player to notch a series-ending hit against the Yankees, joining the Pirates' Bill Mazeroski (1960 World Series), the Mariners' Edgar Martinez (1995 ALDS) and Diamondbacks' Luis Gonzalez (2001 World Series).
"It is a sensitive decision, a tough decision," Boone said. "We'll just try and evaluate and try and get as honest as feedback as we can from Giancarlo."
Aaron Hicks could get his first start since Aug. 3, taking over in center field from Brett Gardner, who would replace Stanton in left. Sidelined by an injured flexor near his right elbow, Hicks pinch-hit for starting left fielder Cameron Maybin and grounded out leading off the 10th inning in Game 2, then moved to center.
"Aaron is very much in play," Boone said, "Thought he had a good at-bat, looked like Aaron Hicks. So he'll very much be part of the conversation moving forward."
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How the Astros got their swagger back .
WASHINGTON — Nearly half the room was filled with champions. Their rings, each studded with 25 natural sapphires and 214 diamonds, from 2017 still glimmered, if not in lock boxes, certainly in memories. They knew better than to feel as shaken as they had looked coming off the Minute Maid Park field last week. They were beleaguered from an embarrassing Game 2 loss that frittered away home-field advantage and put them down 2-0 in the World Series to the chest-pounding Washington Nationals, who were playing more like the Astros had two years ago.
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