New York Teams

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 inning to give the Astros a 1-0 lead in the AL wild-card game. It was Rasmus' first career postseason home run. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Check out the bat flip by Rasmus on HR

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.


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


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

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

You have to think umpiring crew chief Ted Barrett won't have trouble maintaining order tonight at Yankee Stafium. The 6-foot-4 Barrett boxed as an amateur super heavyweight and had a record of 36-6 with 20 KOs, according to the Eugene Register-Guard and worked out with George Foreman.

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?

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets worked out free-agent RB Travaris Cadet (Patriots), perhaps because they're concerned about Bilal Powell, who suffered a groin injury on Sunday. Cadet also has kickoff-returning experience, another unstable position. DE DeAngelo Tyson (Ravens) also worked out for the Jets.

Giants TE Daniel Fells out for season with MRSA infection (0:50)
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Bills accuse Beckham of throwing punches

They say he did it after plays in the Giants' 24-10 win in Buffalo Sunday. LB Preston Brown said, "That's what he does. He'll get away it. He's the 'golden boy' of the league. He's on the cover of Madden. Sometimes, you get away with stuff like that." (The Buffalo News)

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Can a ballplayer hear boos from beyond the grave? We pose that question in light of an obituary recently published in the Newark Star-Ledger for 85-year-old Helen Fowler of Cranford, N.J. The obit included this line: "Mrs. Fowler was a former member of the Cranford First Aid squad and a lifelong Yankees fan, with the exception of Alex Rodriguez."

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Richmond joins Mullin's staff at St. John's

Two-thirds of the Warriors' Run TMC crew of the early '90s is now together at St. John's as Mitch Richmond has joined Chris Mullin's staff as a special assistant. Richmond has spent the past couple of seasons in the Kings' front office.


Player to watch: Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod revitalized his career with a 33-HR campaign in his first post-suspension action. Now he looks to get over his playoffs struggles. A-Rod's .187 slugging percentage in the playoffs since 2010 is the lowest for any player (min. 50 plate appearances).

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Jacoby Ellsbury, who is not starting tonight's wild card game, spoke to the media for 31 seconds after batting practice. Ellsbury said he told manager Joe Girardi he wants to play, but he seemed content with the manager's decision. Ellsbury is finishing the second season of a seven-year, $153 million contract.

Stats & Info

Which A-Rod will the Yankees get?

Will Alex Rodriguez carry New York to a memorable postseason run like he did in 2009 or struggle mightily at the plate like he did from 2010-12?

Brunell: No place in the game for punches (2:53)