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Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Jeff Luhnow told me today that in his opinion the three prong reason his #Astros were able to win a year ahead of schedule were: 1. Keuchel & McHugh consistency 2. The youthful energy and enthusiasm and 3. The June 8th call-up of Carlos Correa

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Masahiro Tanaka escaped from a tight spot in the second inning-- bases loaded with two out -- and allowed just one run. But his pitch count is already at 39, so don't be surprised to see action in the Yankees bullpen soon. Adam Warren and Bryan Mitchell are Joe Girardi's long men tonight.

Colby Rasmus smashes HR to right field

The Astros LF drilled a home run to put his team up 1-0 in the top of the second vs. the Yankees in the AL wild-card game on ESPN. Houston missed a chance to score more, though, as Jose Altuve grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning.


Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow drafted Colby Rasmus when he was scouting director with the St. Louis Cardinals and knew how to get him to reach his potential which is why he signed him as a free agent..25 regular season HR's btw none bigger than that one

Rasmus goes deep on first pitch of 2nd

Astros LF Colby Rasmus took Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka deep off the first pitch he saw in the second to give the Astros a 1-0 lead in the AL wild-card game. It was Rasmus' first career postseason HR. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Boisterous Yankee crowd doing best to make Astros squirm, but Dallas Keuchel gives his team a chance to exhale by whiffing A-Rod.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka looked very sharp in a 1-2-3 first inning against the Astros. Tanaka struck out his first two batters. The crowd is really into it. They definitely were the loudest they have been all year.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Tanaka with a 7-pitch at-bat vs. Altuve. Pitch count not a big deal, though, because Girardi could go to his Big 3 relievers in 5th or 6th.

Watch: AL wild-card game

The Astros' Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel goes against the Yankees' $155M man, Masahiro Tanaka. It's New York's first playoff game since 2012, and Houston's first since 2005. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Astros starter: Dallas Keuchel

  • 20-8 record, 2.48 ERA
  • Home record: 15-0; road record: 5-8
  • AL starter ranks: 1st in wins (20), 1st in innings (232), 2nd in ERA (2.48)
  • vs. NYY this season: 16 IP, 0 runs, 21 K's


Yankees starter: Masahiro Tanaka

  • 12-7 record, 3.51 ERA
  • Signed 7-year, $155M contract in 2014
  • June 27 vs. HOU: 5 IP, 6 ER, 3 HR allowed


Astros came from the very, very bottom

When watching the AL wild-card game tonight (8 p.m. ET on ESPN), keep in mind that between 2011 and 2013, Houston combined for a 162-324 record. But now the Astros are back in the postseason for the first time since 2005.


Sport Science: Correa's hitting mechanics

Sport Science examines the well-balanced, quick-handed swing of Astros rookie SS Carlos Correa.


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

For what it's worth, Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel is 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA with umpire Eric Cooper calling balls and strikes, with 23 strikeouts and 2 walks. Cooper has never worked a game behind the plate for Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka. Stats courtesy of

Yanks enter wild-card game in funk

New York finished with six losses in its last seven games and barely hung on to home field of tonight's game (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). Will the Yanks squash the concept of momentum or end a solid season unceremoniously?