Players React To Astros’ Sign-Stealing Sanctions, AJ Hinch, Alex Cora And Carlos Beltran

January tends to be baseball’s slowest month. The Winter Meetings are over, the holidays have passed us by, and players and club personnel are quietly gearing up for spring training. Sure, there are still free agents to be signed and potential trades to be made, but for the most part it’s a time where headline stories are few and far between. Not this year, thanks to a series of shocking events that commenced on a Monday so manic it would have rendered Susanna Hoffs speechless.

Yankee Killer: Astros’ Jose Altuve Continues To Hurt New York In Big Spots

Many fans were still settling into their seats on a picture-perfect Tuesday afternoon when Jose Altuve crushed Yankees right-hander Luis Severino’s third pitch of the game into the Houston bullpen. It was Altuve’s first home run in the ALCS and fourth this October, adding to an already-impressive playoff ledger and quickly quieting the crowd en route to a 4-1 victory that gave his club a two-games-to-one series lead.

Yankees Counting On Postseason Stalwart Masahiro Tanaka To Down Astros In Crucial ALCS Game 4

Former Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to ALCS Game 3 Tuesday, receiving a warm ovation on the same field where he had some special moments a decade ago. A constant force on the October stage over an 18-year career, the crafty southpaw was a tried-and-true stopper that seemed to hurl a gem each time New York desperately needed a playoff victory. With the brim of his cap pulled down low and his glove shielding everything but a steely-eyed stare, Petti

Yankees’ Gleyber Torres Plates Five In ALCS Opener: A Look At Other Memorable October Moments From Players Under 25

With Cy Young Award favorites Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on deck, getting off to a good start in the ALCS was crucial for the Yankees if they hope to reach their first World Series in a decade. They did just that on Saturday night by taking a pivotal Game 1 on the road behind another masterful performance from Masahiro Tanaka and the bullpen, collectively blanking the Astros 7-0.

Twins Counting On All-Star Jake Odorizzi To Stave Off Yankees And Elimination In ALDS Game 3

The Twins were brimming with positivity heading into Saturday evening’s tilt at Yankee Stadium. Sure, they had dropped the ALDS opener less than 24 hours earlier but were a confident group, fresh off 101 wins and their first division title since 2010. Minnesota had won upwards of a hundred games just once before, back in 1965 with a roster that featured Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew and AL batting champion Tony Oliva along with Jim Kaat and Mudcat Grant atop the rotation. Juiced ball or not,
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