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

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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?

Wrong.

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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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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