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Punch it: Astros win wild card, lift off for ALDS

The Astros shut out the Yankees to win the wild-card game in New York and advance to face the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.

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NY Atty. General questions DraftKings, FanDuel

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an inquiry into DraftKings and FanDuel to look into possible advantages daily fantasy employees might have gained by exploiting data.

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Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!

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Spratt: The breakout MLB defenders of 2015

Scott Spratt lays out the breakout defenders of 2015, one at each position in each league; it's a nice blend of young stars (including Kevin Kiermaier) and veterans (Francisco Cervelli).

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Kurkjian: Five NL wild-card questions

The NL wild-card game features an intriguing matchup: leading Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta vs. the forgotten man, Gerrit Cole.

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Who's this year's Madison Bumgarner?

Last year, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner turned in one of the most dominant postseason pitching performances in MLB history. Who is most likely to be this year's MadBum? Our experts rank the contenders.

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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month features more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, including Roy Halladay's no-hitter.


Power Rankings: Cards, Jays rule the roost

Will Cardinals-Blue Jays be this year's World Series matchup? If our final rankings of the season are any indication, that's what you could see come late October.

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Schoenfield: Ultimate October Blueprint

Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.


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This is starting to become a habit for the Astros.

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Dallas Keuchel becomes just 3rd 20-game winner since '61 to make postseason debut by beating #Yankees in Bronx. Joins Mark Mulder & Joey Jay

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

In the final analysis, the 2015 Yankees turned out to be just one game better than the 2014 Yankees, and that game turned out to be a harmless 3-0 loss in the one-game WC playoff to the Houston Astros. And in a disturbing parallel with last years team, this one was undone by their bats, or lack thereof.

Astros win wild-card game, face Royals in ALDS

On just three days rest, Dallas Keuchel tossed six shutout innings, and Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered to beat the Yankees in the AL wild card game 3-0. It's Houston's first postseason win since Game 6 of 2005 NLCS. Box score


Yankees down to final 3 outs

The Yankees trail the Astros 3-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth in the AL wild-card game. If New York can't come back, it'll have lost five straight postseason games (last win was Game 5 of 2012 ALDS), tying the longest losing streak in Yankees history. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Catchers do not like the phrase 'pitch framing.' Their preferred word is 'presentation.' Jason Castro doing a great job with that tonight.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Astros need nine more outs, but they won't come from Dallas Keuchel. A.J. Hinch has gone to his bullpen. First up, Tony Sipp.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi will be questioned after the game as to why he took a cruising Justin Wilson out with one out in the seventh and no one on. Girardi brought in his security blanket, Dellin Betances, who he used all season every chance he could. The problem? Wilson had thrown just 25 pitches and looked like he had more in the tank. Plus, the No. 8 batter, Chris Carter, was up for Houston. Betances came in and promptly gave up a run to make it 3-0 Astros.