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Lance McCullers pitched four scoreless innings of relief Saturday, earning the save in the Astros' ALCS Game 7 win over the Yankees.

Charlie Morton will be remembered as the Game 7 winner, but McCullers arguably played just as big of a role in the victory, shutting down the Yankees in convincing fashion after taking over in the sixth. McCullers allowed just one hit, a single, and walked one while striking out six. He was so dominant that at one point he threw 28 consecutive curveballs and the Yankees still had no answer. His relief outing, paired with a strong showing in what ended up being an Astros loss in Game 4, should mean we'll see him start one of the club's World Series home games next weekend.
Oct 21 - 11:49 PM

Justin Verlander on Saturday was named the American League Championship Series MVP.

Verlander didn't have a hand in the decisive Game 7, but that's because he was recovering from tossing seven scoreless innings the night before. That outing, coupled with the single-most dominant performance from a starting pitcher this postseason in a Game 2 complete-game victory, earned him the recognition. Verlander allowed just one run in 16 innings in the ALCS, striking out 22, and he's got a 1.46 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in four starts overall this postseason. He'll start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers.
Oct 21 - 11:44 PM

Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Saturday's ALCS Game 7 loss to the Astros.

With his strikeout in the eighth inning, Judge earned the unsightly distinction of owning the record for most strikeouts in a single postseason, with 27. He accomplished the feat in just 13 games. It was an education for the 25-year-old, who hit .188/.316/.500 in the postseason as a whole. Great things are still ahead for Judge and the young Yankees squad.
Oct 21 - 11:40 PM

Evan Gattis hit a solo home run, which turned out to be the game-winning run, in Saturday's Game 7 victory over the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Gattis broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when he yanked a CC Sabathia offering to left-center. It was a good time for his first homer of the postseason, and his first hit of the series. He's hit .250/.360/.500 in seven playoff games to date, and could be in for a bigger workload in the next round with the Dodgers boasting so many lefties.
Oct 21 - 11:34 PM

Jose Altuve hit a solo home run in the Astros' win over the Yankees in Saturday's Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

Altuve muscled up for an opposite-field, solo shot in the fifth inning, the first of three runs that effectively buried the Yankees in the deciding game of the series. The second basemen went 8-for-25 with two homers and four RBI in the series, and he's batted .400/.500/.775 with five home runs in 11 games this postseason. The lefty killer should especially enjoy a matchup with the southpaw-laden Dodgers in next week's World Series.
Oct 21 - 11:28 PM

CC Sabathia struggled for much of his ALCS Game 7 start against the Astros on Saturday, allowing a run on five hits over 3 1/3 innings in a loss.

Sabathia was much more vulnerable than a glance at the run column would indicate, as he routinely worked into trouble without much repercussion. The one blow he couldn't avoid was an Evan Gattis solo homer in the fourth inning that ended up being the game-winning hit. Sabathia also walked three without striking out a batter in the loss. The 37-year-old will be a free agent this winter.
Oct 21 - 11:22 PM

Charlie Morton delivered the biggest start of his life Saturday, tossing five scoreless innings as the Astros shut out the Yankees in a decisive 4-0 win in Game 7 of the ALCS.

History was made, as the shutout was the first ever in a Game 7 in the ALCS. Morton gave up a single and a double and walked one over his five innings, striking out five -- including two in a tone-setting first inning -- in the win. The only real danger he faced all night was in the top of the fifth, when Greg Bird doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a wild pitch with one out. But a great play by Alex Bregman and Brian McCann to nail Bird at home on a ground ball erased the threat, and Morton was able to escape the inning unharmed. The strong start was a stark contrast from his Game 3 start, in which Morton gave up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. Morton will likely start Game 3 of the World Series, which will be in Houston on Friday.
Oct 21 - 11:21 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Corey Seager (back) is progressing, but his availability for Game 1 of the World Series is still uncertain.

Roberts said Seager has been hitting off a tee and taking some soft toss, and running curves in the infield, but no determination has been made. The next step for Seager is live at-bats in a simulated game. Given the stakes, it's hard to imagine the shortstop won't be out there if at all possible when the Series starts next week.
Oct 21 - 8:05 PM

Gary Sanchez will bat cleanup and play catcher for the Yankees in Saturday's ALCS Game 7 against the Astros.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi kept the exact same lineup from Friday night's Game 6 loss, including keeping Sanchez in the cleanup spot. It's a vote of confidence for the 24-year-old, who has scuffled to a .204/.216/.429 line with 18 strikeouts in 49 postseason at-bats heading into Saturday's game. The rest of the Yankees lineup behind CC Sabathia Saturday: Brett Gardner LF; Aaron Judge RF; Didi Gregorius SS; Sanchez C; Greg Bird 1B; Starlin Castro 2B; Aaron Hicks CF; Todd Frazier 3B; Chase Headley DH.
Oct 21 - 4:56 PM

Astros bench coach Alex Cora has been offered and is expected to take the job as the next Red Sox manager, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman says Cora will accept the job as soon as the Astros are eliminated from the postseason, possibly as soon as Saturday night. Cora was the hot name on the managerial market this winter, drawing interest from all four clubs with vacancies (Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies and Mets) in recent weeks. With the Tigers linked to Ron Gardenhire, the Phils and Mets are the remaining teams with openings.
Oct 21 - 4:44 PM

Alex Bregman is batting second and playing third base for the Astros in Saturday's ALCS Game 7 against the Yankees.

Bregman had moved down in the lineup for Game 6 against hard-throwing right-hander Luis Severino, but against southpaw CC Sabathia he's back in a prime production spot for the decisive game. The postseason hasn't been kind to the 23-year-old thus far, as he's hitting just .184/.244/.395 in 10 playoff games. The rest of the Astros lineup in support of Charlie Morton goes like this: George Springer CF; Bregman 3B; Jose Altuve 2B; Carlos Correa SS; Yuli Gurriel 1B; Evan Gattis DH; Brian McCann C; Marwin Gonzalez LF; Josh Reddick RF.
Oct 21 - 4:23 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Dave Eiland has interviewed for the Giants' pitching coach job.

Dave Righetti was relieved of his duties on Saturday when he was re-assigned to a role in the front office. Eiland was let go by the Royals after serving as their pitching coach for the past six seasons.
Oct 21 - 3:22 PM

Clint Robinson has elected free agency.

Robinson spent his entire 2017 season at Triple-A Syracuse, slashing .242/.315/.424 with 18 homers and 74 RBI in 132 games. Given his power potential, he should be able to secure another minor league deal.
Oct 21 - 3:19 PM

Michael Ohlman has elected free agency.

The 26-year-old saw his first big league action in 2017, slashing .231/.231/.231 in 13 plate appearances. He remains an unattractive fantasy commodity.
Oct 21 - 3:18 PM

Brett Oberholtzer has elected free agency.

Oberholtzer, 28, spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A Buffalo, compiling a 4.12 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 81/44 K/BB ratio in his 131 innings. He'll represent lost cost rotation depth to some lucky team this winter.
Oct 21 - 3:16 PM



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