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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

What is it about the eighth inning of Game 4s for the Astros? It has all come apart here against the Yankees with a meltdown that could reach the level of that five-run eighth inning of Game 4 of the Division Series in 2015 against the Kansas City Royals.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Lance McCullers Jr. completed six innings for the first time since June 8 and gave the Astros more than they could've hoped. But the bullpen still needs to record the final four outs, and other than closer Ken Giles, Houston manager A.J. Hinch hasn't shown a lot of faith in his relievers in the postseason. Still a long way to go here.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees are trying to make yet another comeback in this postseason, and their MVP candidate Aaron Judge has started things off. Judge hit a mammoth seventh inning solo homer to center to put the Yankees' first run on the board and chase Astros' starter Lance McCullers. It was only the second hit McCullers had allowed all day. It was the second homer in as many days for Judge and his third of the playoffs.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Before the game, manager A.J. Hinch said the Astros were "one click away" from busting out. Click. Yuli Gurriel clears the bases with a three-run double, giving Houston the big hit it has been looking for since the end of Game 2. It was only the Stros' fifth extra-base hit of the series.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Lance McCullers Jr. has given the Astros five scoreless innings so far against the Yankees. Coupled with his relatively solid relief performance in Game 3 of the Division Series, it appears McCullers has fixed his problems from the last month of the season. But Houston's offense remains in a deep slumber against Yankees starter Sonny Gray.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Well, that was really strange! Aaron Judge was involved in some curious base-running in the fourth. First, Judge was nearly doubled-up on a short fly to right. Originally, Judge was called out even after a poor throw from Astros right fielder Josh Reddick. The call was overturned by replay. Then, before another pitch was thrown, Judge took off, trying to steal second and was easily thrown out by Astros starter Lance McCullers, One possible explanation was that the Yankees saw that Judge hadn't touched second on his way back to first on the original play so he took off for second before the Astros could appeal. Nonetheless, Judge was out and the fourth ended.

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Power Rankings: Jets losing altitude

Gang Green is still at .500, but the Jets rank lower than all but five teams on our list. They need to bank some wins with a brutal stretch coming to close the season.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants claimed LB Nigel Harris off waivers from the Chargers. Romeo Okwara (knee) was placed on injured reserve. Okwara sprained his MCL and is likely sidelined at least a month.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a conference call to promote TNT's NBA coverage, Shaquille O'Neal said Knicks players failed to buy into ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson's triangle system of offense: "I think Phil went wrong in believing the mindset of these players would believe in him and his system for the triangle,'' said O'Neal, who won three titles with Jackson in Los Angeles. "I've said many times, the triangle worked. Guys have always tried to debate it as: Of course it worked with Shaq and Kobe and Mike and Scottie but Carmelo [Anthony] got [Kristaps] Porzingis and some role players. I think if they would've bought into the system, it would've been much different. But they never bought into the system." O'Neal also said Jackson's decision to trade for Derrick Rose and sign Joakim Noah last year were risks worth taking. The Knicks finished the season with 31 wins.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vía Astros: Alineación para el cuarto partido de la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Americana contra los Yankees de Nueva York. Los Astros han sido limitados a 2 carreras anotadas o menos en los tres partidos previos de la serie. La mejor ofensiva del béisbol fue limitada de esa forma en una sola ocasión durante la campaña regular, del 10 al 13 de septiembre.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vía Yankees: La alineación de los Yankees tendrá hoy al dominicano Gary Sánchez como bateador designado y a Andrew Romine como receptor de Sonny Gray. La posición de bateador designado ha tenido pésimos resultados para el dirigente Joe Girardi esta postemporada, habiéndose ido de 28-0 antes de un sencillo de Chase Headley anoche en el tercer partido de la Serie de Campeonato, una victoria 8-1 para los Yankees.

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Gray to benefit from catcher switch?

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that Austin Romine and Sonny Gray have built a strong rapport since Gray was acquired from Oakland in July. Gray's numbers throwing to Romine are a vast improvement over what he's done with Gary Sanchez behind the dish.

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FPI: Jets have long way to get off canvas

ESPN's FPI metrics didn't work favorably for the Jets headed into the 2017 season, and little has changed as we near the halfway point. New York currently has an 84 percent chance of landing a top-5 pick in next spring's draft. Back in August, the Jets were FPI's overwhelming favorite (34.5 percent) to land the No. 1 pick.

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Romine enters lineup in Game 4

The Yankees will go with defense at catcher, plugging backup Austin Romine into the lineup and switching Gary Sanchez to DH. Carlos Beltran returns to the starting lineup for the Astros, who have only scored five runs and managed 15 hits during the series.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann return to the Houston Astros' lineup for Game 4 against Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray after sitting out Monday night. The Astros are the highest-scoring team in baseball since the 2009 Yankees, but have scored only five runs through three games of the American League Championship Series.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is starting Austin Romine behind the plate because ALCS Game 4 started Sonny Gray has worked better with Romine than Gary Sanchez. Sanchez will DH.

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McCullers and Gray take mound for Game 4

Astros P Lance McCullers Jr. has gone six innings or less in nine straight starts heading into Tuesday's Game 4 in New York. Sonny Gray has given up six earned runs in 8 1/3 innings over his last two postseason starts (2017 ALDS Game 1, 2013 ALDS Game 5).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple Knicks have said they might get dinner with Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. He set up many dinners for teammates during road trips while with the Knicks.

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