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Yankees Explode For Late Rally In Game 4 Against Astros, Even Up ALCS



For the first 6.5 innings of last night’s ALCS Game 4 between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, it looked as if Houston was on the verge of taking a 3-1 lead in the series.

Turns out the Yankees had other plans.

With a 4-0 lead entering the bottom of the seventh thanks to three runs in the sixth (Yuli Gurriel three-run double) and one in the seventh (error), Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. went back to the hill having thrown just 80 pitches and allowing one hit.

And that’s where the floodgates opened.

Leading off the seventh for the Yankees was Aaron Judge, and on the first pitch, drove a towering blast to center field for a 427-foot solo shot. It was Judge’s second homer in as many nights and third of the postseason.

That was the night for McCullers.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch went to Chad Devenski, who was promptly greeted by a triple by Didi Gregorius and sacrifice fly by Gary Sanchez. After walking Greg Bird, Hinch pulled Devenski and brought in Joe Musgrove, who recorded the next two outs. After seven, it was 4-2 Houston. Still in good shape, right?


Musgrove began the bottom of the eighth still clinging to a two-run lead. After allowing a leadoff single to Todd Frazier and another one to Chase Headley who took second base on the throw, the Yankees had the tying runs in scoring position with no outs.

Exit Musgrove, enter closer Ken Giles.

Here’s the play-by-play:

B. Gardner: RBI groundout, one out, Headley to third, Jacoby Ellsbury pinch running. 4-3 Astros.
A. Judge: RBI double to left, one out, Ellsbury scores. 4-4 tie. Stadium explodes.
D. Gregorius: single to left, one out, Judge to third. Still tied at 4.
G. Sanchez: two-run double to left, Judge and Gregorius score. 6-4 Yankees.
G. Bird: intentionally walked, one out, 6-4 Yankees.

And that was it for Giles. Luke Gregerson came on to stop the bleeding, but it was too late, as Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman came on to shut the door for the 6-4 win.

With the win, the Yankees improved their record to 5-0 at home this postseason.

Sonny Gray started the game for the Yankees, and pitched five-plus strong innings allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit while striking out four.

New York will look to take a 3-2 ALCS lead in Game 5 today, which begins at 5 PM ET. Dallas Keuchel will take the ball for Houston opposed by Masahiro Tanaka.

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2019 Trade Deadline Highlights



In a shocking, last-minute deal, Zack Greinke has a new home (CBS Sports).

This year’s Trade Deadline in the MLB wasn’t as boisterous as previous seasons and might rank as one of the less-exciting ones in history. There was still a good number of high-profile moves, however, and a few big names went on to new homes. Here’s a look at the more notable acquisitions of July 31, 2019 and how they will impact the teams that got the big returns.

Blue Jays trade RHP Marcus Stroman to Mets in exchange for RHP Anthony Kay, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson

The move that unofficially kicked off trading season was a bit of a head scratcher. It had long been rumored that Toronto was shopping ace Marcus Stroman, but the team he ended up with isn’t exactly a contender. The Mets are currently four games under .500 and may not be vying for the postseason in 2019. The move is likely another part of the Mets rebuilding process, and since Noah Syndergaard stayed put, New York may have a formidable rotation next season.

Indians acquire LHP Scott Moss, OF Yasiel Puig from Reds and OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen and IF Victor Nova from Padres, Padres acquire OF Taylor Trammell from Reds, Indians acquire Reds acquire RHP Trevor Bauer from Indians

The literal biggest trade of the day was a this three-team blockbuster. Trevor Bauer firing the ball over the center field wall on Sunday after he was pulled in the fifth inning ended up being the last pitch he threw in an Indians uniform. A day later the Tribe rid itself of his petulance and pulled off a massive trade with intrastate rival Cincinnati as well as San Diego that saw Bauer go to the Reds and Reds top prospect Taylor Tramell go to the Friars. Cleveland received a host of players from both teams, most namely Yasiel Puig, who is ironically also known as a prima donna.

Though Bauer is undeniably talented when he keeps his act together and bolsters the Reds attempts to trend upward, San Diego may have won the trade with Tramell, MLB’s no. 30 overall prospect.

Rays acquire 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers in exchange for RHP Jacob Faria

Milwaukee was certainly brewing before the Deadline and made a commendable effort to improve its pitching. GM David Stearns’ most notable move was a straight swap with the Rays that brought back righty Jacob Faria in exchange for power hitting 1B Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is having a down year but has proven many times that he can be deadly. He gives the Rays the big bat they’ve been seeking in their hunt for a Wild Card berth.

It’s a good move for both sides because it clears Milwaukee’s infield logjam and gives the team another quality starter. Faria never quite broke out in Tampa Bay but a change of scenery always has potential to pay dividends. After having already gotten Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh on Monday, the Brewers made another move and got Drew Pomeranz from San Fransisco later on Wednesday. Though none of the returns are big name guys, Milwaukee is serious about making another run after coming so close last year.

Cubs acquire OF Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers in exchange for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.

The Cubs made their chances of taking the NL Central back even better with this move. Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the MLB’s more underrated players in recent years, largely because he was on the Tigers after the team’s glory days of the early 2010s ended. Adding him to a lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez gives the Cubbies even more firepower, especially given Castellanos success vs. lefty pitchers. It’s also a great move for him personally as he gets to join a contending team at last. The Cubs are vying to appear in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and their chances look pretty good.

Astros acquire RHP Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP JB Bukauskas, IF Josh Rojas and IF Seth Beer

If Houston was scary good before this trade, they’re terrifyingly good now. The Astros just added Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a last-minute deal that wasn’t announced until after the deadline officially passed. Arizona received a package of four minor leaguers in return as the team is now officially in the rebuilding process.

Like Verlander, Greinke is in the second half of his thirties but has not declined at all and owned a 10-4 record with a 2.90 on a sub-par Diamondbacks team at the time of his departure. The six-time All-Star’s presence gives Houston the best rotation in baseball by far and should get the knees of any upcoming opponent knocking. The MLB said it best on Instagram today, “Facing Houston? You have a problem.”

Notable non-moves:

  • After being heavily rumored as top targets, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner are still members of their longtime teams.
  • The Boston Red Sox, whose bullpen has blown 18 saves, made no moves to improve its relief core, to the amazement of the team’s fanbase.
  • The New York Yankees were thought to be Syndergaard’s top suitor, but the team did not acquire any starting pitching to aid Aaron Boone’s struggling rotation.

What was the biggest move of the deadline this year? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @HomeRunDaily.

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Athletics Acquire Tanner Roark



Tanner Roark

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right hander Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder Jamerson Hannah will be heading to Cincinnati, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the Reds will pick up $2.1 million of Roark’s remaining salary.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado



Martin Maldonado

The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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