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Yankees Blank Astros 5-0 In Game 5, Take 3-2 Lead in ALCS

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The New York Yankees are one win away from the World Series.

Desperately looking to put an end to their series-long offensive woes, the Houston Astros were frustrated once again, getting blanked 5-0 by New York in Game 5 of the ALCS last night.

Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and fired seven dominant innings, striking out eight and allowing just three hits; he’s now 1-1 in the ALCS and 2-1 in the postseason (0.90 ERA).

The gem continued a streak of recent dominance at home for Tanaka. In his last eight starts at Yankee Stadium dating back to July 28, Tanaka’s 7-1 with a 0.96 ERA (6 ER/56 IP). Lights out to say the least!

Houston has scored just nine runs in the five games so far this series, and have recorded five hits or fewer in each game. To think this is the team that scored the most runs in Major League Baseball during the regular season- yikes! Needless to say, not the greatest time to go completely ice cold!

Dallas Keuchel began the game for the Astros and lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts.

Three of the four runs the Yankees scored off Keuchel came with two outs (Greg Bird single in second, Gary Sanchez/Didi Gregorius singles in fifth). New York’s fifth run came in the seventh on a Sanchez solo shot, the backstop’s first dinger of the series.

Houston was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

George Springer and Josh Reddick, Houston’s #1 and #2 hitters, are a combined 2 for 35 in the series. Hard to find offense when the catalysts aren’t getting it done!

New York looks to clinch the series in Game 6 tomorrow night in Houston at 8 PM ET. The Yankees will hand the ball to Luis Severino, while the Astros will counter with Justin Verlander, who tossed a 13-strikeout complete game in Houston’s Game 2 2-1 walkoff win.

Make sure to follow @HomeRunDaily on Twitter for our live, in-game tweets during tomorrow night’s pivotal match!

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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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