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Elias Says: October 17

Yankees use the long ball to tighten up the ALCS

Todd Frazier hit a three-run home run in the second inning and Aaron Judge homered with two men on in the fourth inning in the Yankees’ 8-1 win over the Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night. It marked only the fourth time in Yankees history that they hit multiple home runs with at least two men on in a postseason game. New York also did that in Game 2 of the 1936 World Series against the Giants (Bill Dickey and Tony Lazzeri), in Game 2 of the 1981 ALCS against the A’s (Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles) and in Game 1 of the 1998 World Series against the Padres (Chuck Knoblauch and Tino Martinez).

Both of New York’s home runs came with two outs in the inning. Only four other teams in major-league history hit multiple homers with at least two men on and two outs in a postseason game: the Pirates in the 1971 NLCS (Richie Hebner and Al Oliver), the Red Sox in the 1975 World Series (Fred Lynn and Bernie Carbo), the Giants in the 1989 NLCS (Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell) and the Indians in the 1999 ALDS (Jim Thome and Harold Baines).

Sabathia shuts down Astros

CC Sabathia hurled six shutout innings leading the Yankees to an 8-1 win over the Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday. Only two pitchers in Yankees history have pitched at least six shutout innings in a postseason start at an older age than Sabathia (37 years, 87 days): Tommy John in the 1981 World Series against the Dodgers (38 years, 152 days) and Roger Clemens, who did it twice in the 2000 postseason, in the ALCS against the Mariners (38 years, 71 days) and then again eight days later against the Mets in the World Series (38 years, 79 days).

Rookie sparks Titans to win with late TD

Taywan Taylor caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Titans a 29-22 lead in a game they would go on to win, 36-22, over the Colts on Monday. Only one other rookie caught a TD pass of 50 or more yards in the fourth quarter or overtime to give his team the lead for good in a Monday Night Football game: the Steelers Dennis Hughes, who caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Terry Hanratty just 68 seconds into the fourth quarter giving Pittsburgh a 14-10 lead in a game they would win, 21-10, over the Bengals on November 2, 1970

Succop sets new NFL record

Ryan Succop made all of his five field-goal attempts, with the longest coming from 48 yards out, in the Titans’ 36-22 win over the Colts on Monday. Succop has now converted each of his last 51 field-goal attempts from inside of 50 yards, the longest such streak in NFL history. Succop broke the mark that was previously held by Matt Bryant, who made 46 straight field-goal attempts from 49 yards or closer from 2013 to 2015 with the Falcons.

Kucherov extends season-opening goal streak

Nikita Kucherov extended his season-opening goal streak to six games when he scored the second goal for the Lightning in their 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Monday. The 24-year-old-Kucherov has scored 114 goals in his five seasons in the NHL. It’s interesting to note that the last seven NHL players before Kucherov who scored goals in each of their team’s first six games of a season all finished their NHL careers with 500 or more goals: Wayne Gretzky (1983–84 Oilers), Guy Lafleur (1983–84 Canadiens), Mike Bossy (1984–85 Islanders), Dino Ciccarelli (1986–87 North Stars), Steve Yzerman (1988–89 Red Wings), Mario Lemieux (1992–93 Penguins) and Keith Tkachuk (2008–09 Blues).