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Bring On The Dodgers! Astros Blank Yankees In Game 7 To Win AL Pennant

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The Houston Astros are headed to the Fall Classic!

Game 7 last night in Houston saw the Astros blank the New York Yankees 4-0, as Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined to toss a three-hit shutout.

Morton was everything the Astros could’ve hoped for and more, going the first five innings with five strikeouts on just 54 pitches (threw 18 in fifth).

McCullers sealed the deal with his first career save, striking out six in the final four innings on 54 pitches.

Check out the insane way he closed it out:

Straight up filth.

The Astros’ scoring came in the fourth and fifth innings. Evan Gattis got Houston on the board with a solo shot in the fourth, Jose Altuve followed it up with one of his own the next inning, followed by a two-out, two-run double by Brian McCann to chase Yankees’ reliever Tommy Kahnle.

CC Sabathia started and took the loss for New York, allowing one run in the first 3 1/3 innings on 65 pitches. He gave up five hits, walked three, and didn’t strike out a batter. Kahnle allowed three hits on four runs in his 1 1/3 innings of work.

Adam Warren and David Robertson (two innings) recorded the final ten outs for New York.

Houston’s Game 7 win definitely didn’t lack in the history department:

New York’s loss ended a long streak for their franchise:

What an ALCS we just witnessed, in which the home team won every game. You know how rare that is? It’s now happened five times in the 172 all-time MLB postseason Game 7s.

Home field advantage working out at its best!

To no one’s surprise, Justin Verlander earned MVP honors:

Good for the Astros. With everything their city’s gone through recently, it definitely felt fitting.

The World Series starts this Tuesday in Los Angeles at 8 PM ET. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball for the Astros opposed by Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw- who finally gets to pitch in a Fall Classic. We’ll see if that proves to be a bad thing for Houston!

Stay tuned everybody. This is going to be one hell of a series. Make sure to follow us on Twitter at @HomeRunDaily for full coverage and live, in-game tweets!

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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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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Astros’ Brad Peacock Begins Rehab Assignment

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Brad Peacock

Houston Astros righty Brad Peacock has begun a rehab assignment in Double-A, according to Fox 26’s Mark Berman.

If all things go well, Peacock could rejoin the Astros rotation by July 15th, according to The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan.

Peacock has been out since June 28th when he sustained shoulder inflammation, and has posted a 4.13 ERA this season for the Astros.

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Astros’ Gerrit Cole Discusses Pending Free Agency

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As the season wears on, so does the 2019 offseason and the 2019 free agency market as well.

Houston Astros’ pitches Gerrit Cole is one player who could potential hit free agency, and he knows how important it is.

I’m looking forward to it,” Cole said, according to Fox 26’s Mark Berman. “I know what my right is as a player. Once I get six years of service time, my right is to be able to say yes or no to a place I want to play. So I’m excited to be able to exercise that right.”

Cole isn’t ruling out a return to the Astros who he says “checks a lot of the boxes. I expect them to be there when push comes to shove. I wouldn’t mind playing there for a lot longer.”

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