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101-61, 1st in AL West
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Verlander excels as last line of defense

The Astros couldn't ask for more than Justin Verlander as they need a win in Friday's Game 6 at home vs. the Yankees to extend the ALCS. He'll make his 19th career postseason start and has a 2.15 ERA during the current postseason.

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Girardi hopes off day doesn't slow Yanks' roll

A break between Games 2 and 3 of the ALCS seemed to halt the Astros' momentum, and now Yankees manager Joe Girardi hopes Thursday's day off doesn't cost his club when Game 6 is played Friday in Houston.

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BBTN: Young Yankees Emerge, Cubs Surviving

Buster Olney talks to Jon Sciambi (3:00) and Jessica Mendoza (37:17) about the Yankees' roll and the Cubs' survival. Plus, Astros players react to Yankee Stadium (19:30), Jesse Rogers talks about the future for the Cubs (21:50) and more.

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Fans witnessed vintage Tanaka against Astros (2:36)
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Nemesis no more: Yankees finally conquer Dallas Keuchel

The Astros' ace has a history of owning New York in the postseason, but Game 5 saw him surrender four runs in less than five innings, leaving Houston dangling by a thread in the ALCS.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Ese segundo jonrón de Javy Báez es el número 32 por un pelotero de 25 años de edad o menos esta postemporada, lo cual es una nueva marca histórica. La marca anterior era de 28, establecida en la postemporada 2015. Al momento de redactar estas líneas, los 5 cuadrangulares conectados en los partidos de hoy han sido todos por jugadores de 25 años de edad o menos: Gary Sánchez, Willson Contreras, Báez y Cody Bellinger.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Aaron Judge said the Yankees are feeling confident heading into Game 6 of the ALCS -- particularly after defeating nemesis Dallas Keuchel in Game 5. "He doesn't make mistakes," said Judge. "If he ever gets into a groove, man, he's unhittable. So for us, it was just about -- just keep having quality at-bats, and kind of feed off this momentum into Houston."

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Tanaka, Sanchez power Yankees past Astros (3:44)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

As soon as the Astros came off the field, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann stood up in the clubhouse and gave a speech. The central message: Don't panic, stay positive, regroup and win two games in a row at home.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The New York Yankees are one win away from returning to the World Series for first time since 2009. The Yankees beat their nemesis Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 5-0, to take a 3-2 series advantage in the ALCS. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings, while Keuchel did not make it through five innings.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Three outs from being shoved to the brink of elimination, here are a few gory details for the Astros' offense: 10-for-88 (.114) with 25 strikeouts and 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position in Games 3-5; George Springer, Josh Reddick, Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez are a combined 6-for-66 with 14 strikeouts in the series.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Keuchel is out, the Astros' bullpen is in. Of the 58 best-of-7 postseason series that have been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has won series 41 times (70.7 percent).

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Aaron Judge continues to answer his MVP candidate rival, Jose Altuve. While Altuve looked like the far superior player in the first two games in Houston, Judge is beginning to take over the series in the Bronx. After his big hits in the Yankees' ALCS Game 4 comeback win, Judge added an RBI double in the third to extend the Yankees' lead in Game 5.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In his third career postseason start against the Yankees, Dallas Keuchel has finally blinked. He allowed a pair of two-out hits -- a double to Starlin Castro and an RBI single to Greg Bird -- in the second inning. Keuchel hadn't given up a run in 14 previous innings against the Yankees in the postseason -- six scoreless innings in the 2015 wild-card game and seven shutout frames in Game 1 of this ALCS.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees jumped on top of the Astros in the second. Against their nemesis, Dallas Keuchel, Starlin Castro smashed a two-out double and then was driven home by Greg Bird, who laced an RBI single to right.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka escaped the first scoring chance of Game 5. The Astros wasted Yuli Gurriel's leadoff double in the second. After Alex Bregman moved Gurriel to third, Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez failed to bring him home. Houston would have liked to have gone out to an early lead to take the Yankee Stadium crowd out of this game.

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Lineups for HOU at NYY

Gary Sanchez is back at catcher for the Yankees with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound. Didi Gregorious will bat cleanup, followed by Aaron Hicks in the No. 5 spot. Chase Headley starts at DH. The Astros' starting lineup remains unchanged from Game 4.

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Keuchel, Tanaka take the hill in the Bronx

Dallas Keuchel is coming off a dominant Game 1 performance in Houston, but has struggled on the road during his career. However, he has a 1.41 ERA in six career starts vs. the Yankees. Tanaka was less-than-impressive in Game 1 and has been far better at home this season than he has away from Yankee Stadium.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.1211th
Quality Starts67Tied-18th
WHIP1.278th
BAA.2406th
Runs8961st
Batting Average.2821st
On Base Percentage.3461st
Slugging Percentage.4781st