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4hMarly Rivera

Dejected Judge calls Yankees' season 'a failure'

After being eliminated from the postseason by the Astros for the third time in the past five years, the Yankees rued their many missed opportunities in the ALCS, with Aaron Judge not mincing words when labeling the season "a failure."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Puerto Rican Pride.

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8hBradford Doolittle

Astros eliminate Yanks in 6 but 'not done yet'

It wasn't always easy, but the resilient Astros closed out the American League Championship Series by beating the Yankees on Jose Altuve's walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth Saturday night.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

This is what Aroldis Chapman told me about anyone thinking he was "laughing" after giving up the walk-off HR to Altuve: "That is so stupid. How can anyone possibly think that? In the situation we were. I don't know what they're referring to, but I was simply in shock. I couldn't believe that happened."

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

ALCS MVP Jose Altuve punched his team's ticket to the World Series with a walk-off home run off Aroldis Chapman in Game 6. Still, he gave the Yankees closer some props, saying Chapman is so good that even right after homering off him, he still wouldn't want to face him again.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

You can't say the Houston Astros haven't been tested this October, but you can say they haven't been beaten. And now they are on their way to their second World Series in three years. Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Aroldis Chapman, lifting the Astros to a 6-4 clinching win and the AL flag. Houston moves on to face the Washington Nationals in the World Series, beginning Tuesday.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Urshela, Gardner, and LeMahieu up for the Yankees in the 9th inning. Of the Yankees' 8 hits today, 6 have come from the bottom part of the lineup: Gregorius 2-for-4, Sánchez 1-for-3, Urshela 2-for-2, and Gardner 1-for-3.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Edwin Encarnación 0-for-3 today with a BB and 3 strikeouts (1-for-18 with 11 strikeouts in the ALCS)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

If Roberto Osuna pitches today, it will be the first time that three pitchers born in Mexico pitch in a single postseason game. Luis Cessa pitched 2 innings, and José Urquidy 2 2/3.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

I asked Aaron Boone if this season would be a failure if the Yankees don't make it to the World Series, he understandably hated the question, but gave a great answer: "Putting a label, success, fail, all that, I don't really have time for it, honestly. We've got to go get a win tonight and that's the focus. I'm proud to go compete with those guys every day. I reject it a little bit but I don't really get caught up in the question, either. It's full steam ahead, let's go.”

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Great simple description by Boone of biggest challenge of a bullpen game: "Getting a guy in when you want him in, not when you need him in."

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

"Who better to kick off the chaos of a bullpen game than a calm Brad Peacock." — Houston manager A.J. Hinch on the first pitcher the Astros will throw at the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Highlights from the Jets' 25-player injury report: LB C.J. Mosley practiced the last two days and is expected to play. C Ryan Kalil is a big question because he missed today. The expected offensive line for Monday night (left to right): Chuma Edoga, Alex Lewis, Kalil or Jonotthan Harrison, Brian Winters and Brandon Shell.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees lineup: Stanton out, Encarnación back in. Chad Green will start the "opener" in a bullpen duel with the Astros.

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Peacock, Green to open Game 6; Stanton sits

The Astros' Brad Peacock will be the fourth pitcher ever to finish a postseason game and start the next day on zero days' rest, and the first since 1924, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. New York will counter with Chad Green.

1927 Yankees diary

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