MLB Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Seager (back) will be a part of the Dodgers' World Series roster, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old shortstop missed the Dodgers' five-game NLCS win over the Cubs while dealing with a back issue, but he's been ramping up his activities in recent days and appears to be good to go for the World Series after getting through a simulated game with no issues Monday. The Dodgers are expected to release their official roster prior to Game 1 on Tuesday, but his return would obviously provide a big boost. While Seager is expected to be included on the roster, it's still not a given that he'll start the first game of the series; Los Angeles could choose to use him as a high-leverage pinch hitter at first to avoid the possibility of him aggravating his back injury in the field.
News: The Braves have exercised their 2018 option on Flowers.
Impact: Flowers, 31, will return for his third season with Atlanta after hitting a career-best .281 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist Oct. 9 and is expected to be ready for spring training.
News: The Braves have declined their $8 million option on Dickey for 2018.
Impact: Dickey was the Braves' most consistent starter this season, going 10-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 31 starts. He said at the end of the season he would meet with his family before deciding if he would pitch in 2018.
News: Adam Warren did not allow a hit or walk in 1.1 scoreless innings as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 4-0 on Saturday. Warren did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 0.30 WHIP on the season.
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News: CC Sabathia fell to 1-1, allowing one run on five hits and three walks in 3.1 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 4-0 on Saturday. Sabathia did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 0.96 ERA and 1.61 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Sabathia had a solid postseason overall but never looked sharp in this one. But there's hope for him to be an effective pitcher again in 2018 after an impressive 2017.
News: Lance McCullers Jr. recorded his first save, allowing no runs on one hit in 4.0 innings, as the Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday. McCullers Jr. struck out six, ending the game with a 0.90 ERA and 0.60 WHIP on the season.
Impact: McCullers' first career save was a dominant performance. He'll probably be in line to start Game 3 of the World Series.
News: Tommy Kahnle allowed three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 4-0 on Saturday. Kahnle struck out one, ending the game with a 4.26 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the season.
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News: David Robertson allowed one hit without giving up a run in 2.0 innings as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 4-0 on Saturday. Robertson struck out three, ending the game with a 9.00 ERA and 1.60 WHIP on the season.
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News: Charlie Morton improved to 1-1, allowing two hits and one walk over 5.0 scoreless innings, as the Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday. Morton struck out five, ending the game with a 7.27 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the season.
Impact: The big inning tends to plague Morton, but it never happened in this one. His sinker was sharp and he showed A.J. Hinch that he can hopefully pitch effectively in the World Series.
News: Jose Altuve went 1 for 3 with a home run and an RBI Saturday as the Houston Astros topped the New York Yankees 4-0. The homer was his second of the season. He ended the game with a .320 batting average.
Impact: The smallest player on the field is often the best, and the Astros will need a big series out of Altuve if they're going to beat the Dodgers.
News: Gary Sanchez went 1 for 4 Saturday as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .192 batting average.
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News: Alex Bregman went 1 for 4 Saturday as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0. He ended the game with a .167 batting average.
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News: Todd Frazier went 0 for 2 Saturday as the New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .182 batting average.
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News: Brett Gardner went 1 for 4 Saturday as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .148 batting average.
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News: Aaron Judge went 0 for 4 Saturday as the New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
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News: Marwin Gonzalez went 1 for 4 Saturday as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0. He ended the game with a .136 batting average.
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News: Starlin Castro went 0 for 3 Saturday as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .208 batting average.
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News: Aaron Hicks went 0 for 2 Saturday as the New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .083 batting average.
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News: Didi Gregorius went 0 for 4 Saturday as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
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News: Josh Reddick went 1 for 4 Saturday as the Houston Astros topped the New York Yankees 4-0. He ended the game with a .040 batting average.
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News: Greg Bird went 1 for 4 with a double Saturday as the New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
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News: George Springer went 1 for 4 Saturday as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0. He ended the game with a .115 batting average.
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News: Chase Headley went 0 for 3 Saturday as the New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 4-0. He ended the game with a .389 batting average.
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News: Brian McCann went 1 for 2 with a double and two RBIs Saturday as the Houston Astros topped the New York Yankees 4-0. He ended the game with a .188 batting average.
Impact: McCann struggled in the postseason but had an enormous hit in this one, breaking Game 7 wide open.
News: Evan Gattis went 1 for 4 with a home run and an RBI Saturday as the Houston Astros topped the New York Yankees 4-0. The homer was his first of the season. He ended the game with a .100 batting average.
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News: Yuli Gurriel went 1 for 4 Saturday as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0. Gurriel scored once. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
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News: Carlos Correa went 2 for 4 Saturday as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0. Correa scored once. He ended the game with a .333 batting average.
Impact: Correa had multiple hits in three games of the ALCS and seems to be peaking heading into the World Series.
News: Correa went 2 for 4 with a double Friday as the Houston Astros topped the New York Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Impact: He's 7 for 15 in the last four home games of these playoffs.
News: Severino allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in 4.2 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday in Game 6 of the ALCS.
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News: Gregorius went 1 for 4 Friday as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 7-1 in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Impact: He's 7 for 20 in the last five games.
News: Bregman went 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs Friday as the Houston Astros topped the New York Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Impact: He has five RBIs in the postseason.
News: McCann went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI Friday as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Impact: McCann's RBI ground-rule double in the fifth ended an 0-for-20 slump.
News: Altuve went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs Friday as the Houston Astros topped the New York Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Impact: Altuve snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a two-run single later in the fifth.
News: Judge went 1 for 4 with a home run and an RBI Friday as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Impact: The homer came after Judge struck out in two of his first three at-bats to give him 26 strikeouts this postseason, tying him with Alfonso Soriano for the most in one postseason.
News: Headley went 2 for 4 Friday as the New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 7-1 in Game 6.
Impact: He's 7 for 12 in his last four postseason games after going 0 for 15 in his first six this season.
News: Gary Sanchez went 1 for 4 Friday as the New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 7-1. He ended the game with a .182 batting average.
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News: David Robertson allowed four runs on four hits without recording an out as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday in Game 6.
Impact: Robertson likely won't be available for Game 7, unless really needed, after this performance.
News: Justin Verlander allowed five hits and one walk over 7.0 scoreless innings, as the Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 7-1 on Friday in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Impact: Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine of his outings for the Astros - including three starts and his first career relief appearance during the postseason.
News: Dellin Betances allowed one hit without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday. Betances struck out one, ending the game with a 9.00 ERA and 3.00 WHIP on the season.
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News: The Detroit Tigers have given up on right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Tigers general manager Al Avila announced on Friday that the team will not pick up the $16 million club option on Sanchez. Instead the Tigers will pay him a $5 million buyout.
Impact: Sanchez, 34, had a difficult season. He was 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 appearances, including 17 starts. He allowed 26 home runs in 105 1/3 innings. Sanchez accepted a demotion to Triple-A Toledo during the season with the hope that it would help him regain a spot in the Tigers' rotation.
News: Murphy underwent surgery to repair damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee, the team announced Friday.
Impact: Murphy never revealed he was dealing with any injury. He was healthy enough to appear in all five games in the NL Division Series against the Cubs, batting .211 (4-for-19) with two RBIs and hitting a home run in the decisive Game 5 loss. He hit .322 with 23 home runs and 93 RBIs in 144 games in 2017
News: The Tigers are declining their $16 million option on Sanchez.
Impact: General manager Al Avila confirmed that Friday following the team's news conference to introduce new manager Ron Gardenhire. The move comes as no surprise after Sanchez slipped badly over the past three seasons. He went 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. The Tigers signed the Venezuelan to an $80 million, five-year contract before the 2013 season, and the deal included a $5 million buyout if the Tigers declined the option for 2018.
News: Kershaw improved to 1-0, allowing one run on three hits and one walk in 6.0 innings, as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 of the NLCS.
Impact: Kershaw struck out five, ending the game with a 2.45 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in two starts in this series.
News: Cody Bellinger went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI Thursday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 of the NLCS.
Impact: Four of his 10 postseason hits have gone for extra bases.
News: Puig went 2 for 5 Thursday as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 of the NLCS.
Impact: Puig has hit .414 and walked six times in the postseason.
News: Culberson went 3 for 5 with a triple Thursday as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 of the NLCS.
Impact: He went 5 for 11 in the series, but might not be on the active World Series roster with Corey Seager expected to be back.
News: Taylor went 2 for 4 with a double Thursday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Game 5.
Impact: Taylor was co-MVP of the NLCS.
News: Bryant went 1 for 4 with a home run and an RBI Thursday as the Chicago Cubs fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 in Game 5.
Impact: Bryant's home run was useless as he hit .200 in the playoffs.
News: Quintana fell to 0-1, allowing six runs on six hits and one walk in 2.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 on Thursday in Game 5.
Impact: Quintana needs a better season next year with the Cubs after struggling at time since the team picked him up before the trade deadline.
News: Kenley Jansen did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday. Jansen did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 0.00 WHIP on the season.
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News: Rizzo went 0 for 4 Thursday as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 in Game 5.
Impact: He hit .135 in the postseason.
News: Justin Turner went 1 for 5 with an RBI Thursday as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 of the NLCS. Turner scored once. He ended the game with a .333 batting average.
Impact: Turner was named co-MVP of the NLCS.
News: John Lackey allowed two runs on three hits in 2.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 on Thursday. Lackey struck out two, ending the game with a 9.82 ERA and 1.91 WHIP on the season.
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News: Tommy La Stella went 0 for 1 Thursday as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1. He ended the game with a .000 batting average.
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News: Kyle Schwarber went 1 for 3 Thursday as the Chicago Cubs fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1. He ended the game with a .167 batting average.
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News: Ben Zobrist went 0 for 3 Thursday as the Chicago Cubs fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1. He ended the game with a .000 batting average.
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News: Austin Barnes went 1 for 5 Thursday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1. He ended the game with a .133 batting average.
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News: Albert Almora Jr. went 0 for 4 Thursday as the Chicago Cubs fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1. He ended the game with a .188 batting average.
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News: Willson Contreras went 1 for 4 Thursday as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1. He ended the game with a .222 batting average.
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News: Kike Hernandez went 3 for 4 with three home runs and seven RBIs Thursday as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Chicago Cubs 11-1. The homers were his first, second and third of the season. He ended the game with a .444 batting average.
Impact: The 26-year-old Hernandez became the fourth player with a three-homer game in a league championship series, joining Bob Robertson (1971 NLCS), George Brett (1978 ALCS) and Adam Kennedy (2002 ALCS). Hernandez's seven RBIs tied a postseason record shared by four other players who all did it in a Division Series.
News: Brandon Morrow allowed one hit without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday. Morrow struck out three, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 0.43 WHIP on the season.
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News: Mike Montgomery allowed two runs on five hits in 2.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 on Thursday. Montgomery struck out two, ending the game with a 13.50 ERA and 3.60 WHIP on the season.
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News: Brian Duensing walked one and didn't allow a hit in 2.0 scoreless innings as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 on Thursday. Duensing struck out two, ending the game with a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.
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News: Seager is expected to be in the lineup for the opener of the World Series on Tuesday against the Astros after the All-Star missed the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of back pain.
Impact: Seager hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs, a season after he was the NL Rookie of the Year. He went 3 for 11 with four walks in the NL Division Series against Arizona, but tweaked his back during a slide in Game 3. Depending on how Seager is feeling, he could be the designated hitter when the series shifts to Houston for Game 3.
News: Bellinger went 1 for 5 with a home run and an RBI Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in Game 4.
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News: Arrieta allowed one run on three hits and five walks in 6.2 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday in Game 4. Arrieta struck out nine.
Impact: This might have been Arrieta's final appearance as a Cub with free agency looming for the former Cy Young winner.
News: Puig went 1 for 3 Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in Game 4.
Impact: He has walked six times in the postseason.
News: Ethier went 0 for 4 Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in Game 4.
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News: Wood allowed three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings, as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday in Game 4.
Impact: Chicago scored all its runs on three homers yielded by Wood.
News: Wade Davis recorded his first save, allowing one run on one hit and three walks in 2.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday in Game 4.
Impact: Because of the hefty workload in this contest, it's unlikely Davis will be available to work Game 5.
News: Schwarber went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4.
Impact: He's 2 for 14 in these playoffs.
News: Kris Bryant went 0 for 4 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4.
Impact: Bryant is hitting a whopping .194 with 14 strikeouts in the postseason.
News: Chris Taylor went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in Game 4.
Impact: It's the second time he's failed to hit safely this postseason.
News: Almora Jr. went 1 for 4 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4.
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News: Willson Contreras went 1 for 3 with a home run and an RBI Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2.
Impact: This was his second homer of the playoffs this season.
News: Justin Turner went 2 for 2 with a home run and an RBI Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
Impact: It must be the hair, as Turner has now homered three times in the postseason.
News: Jason Heyward went 0 for 1 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. He ended the game with a .000 batting average.
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News: Javier Baez went 2 for 3 with two home runs and two RBIs Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. The homers were his first and second of the season. He ended the game with a .222 batting average.
Impact: Baez did not have a hit this postseason before connecting for his first of two dingers.
News: Rizzo went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. He ended the game with a .077 batting average.
Impact: Rizzo has been terrible, going 1 for 21 with 11 strikeouts in last six postseason games.
News: Jon Jay went 0 for 2 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. He ended the game with a .083 batting average.
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News: Brantley will miss the next 4-to-5 months after undergoing right ankle surgery Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Although Brantley appeared on the ALDS roster against the Yankees -- and recorded a decent amount of at-bats -- the outfielder needed surgery to stabilize the ligaments in his ankle ahead of next season. This places him on a timetable to optimistically return to full baseball activities right around the start of spring training. Cleveland also needs to decide whether to pick up his $12 million club option for 2018, or buy him out for $1 million, which will have to be decided three days after the World Series concludes.
News: Manager Dave Roberts said he expects Seager (back) to be ready for the World Series, should the Dodgers make it, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Seager's back has been steadily improving, and he was able to play catch with no issues Wednesday. The 23-year-old will continue to ramp up his activity -- he's scheduled to take swings Thursday -- but barring any setbacks, it sounds like the Dodgers will have their star shortstop back for the Fall Classic if they're able to close out the Cubs in the NLCS (Los Angeles leads the series 3-1).
News: Masahiro Tanaka improved to 1-1 in the ALCS, allowing three hits and one walk over 7.0 scoreless innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 5-0 on Wednesday. Tanaka struck out eight.
Impact: Tanaka has been outstanding in the playoffs, going 2-1 with a 0.90 ERA in three starts.
News: Kyle Hendricks fell to 0-1, allowing four runs - three earned - on six hits and one walk in 5.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Tuesday. Hendricks struck out five, ending the game with a 5.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP on the season.
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News: Will Harris allowed one hit and one walk without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 5-0 on Wednesday. Harris struck out one, ending the game with a 6.75 ERA and 2.25 WHIP on the season.
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News: Brad Peacock allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 5-0 on Wednesday. Peacock struck out three, ending the game with a 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season.
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News: Tommy Kahnle allowed one hit without giving up a run in 2.0 innings as the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 5-0 on Wednesday. Kahnle struck out one, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 0.80 WHIP on the season.
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News: Francisco Liriano walked one and didn't allow a hit in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 5-0 on Wednesday. Liriano struck out one, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.
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News: Dallas Keuchel fell to 1-1 in the ALCS, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk in 4.2 innings, as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 5-0 on Wednesday. Keuchel struck out eight.
Impact: New York finally broke through against Keuchel after he went 6-1 with a 0.72 ERA in seven meetings since 2015, including two in the postseason.
News: Chase Headley went 3 for 4 with a double Wednesday as the New York Yankees topped the Houston Astros 5-0. Headley scored once.
Impact: Headley is 5 for 8 in his last three games after going 0 for 15 with seven strikeouts in his first six playoff contests.
News: Josh Reddick went 0 for 4 Wednesday as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 5-0.
Impact: After going 6 for 16 (.375) in four ALDS games against Boston, Reddick is 0 for 17 in the first five games of the ALCS.
News: Brian McCann went 0 for 2 Wednesday as the Houston Astros fell to the New York Yankees 5-0.
Impact: McCann is 0 for 19 with seven strikeouts in his last six playoff games.
News: Greg Bird went 1 for 2 with an RBI and two walks Wednesday as the New York Yankees topped the Houston Astros 5-0.
Impact: Bird is batting .308 (4 for 13) with a homer, double and two RBIs in the ALCS. He's also walked seven times in the five games.
News: Carlos Beltran went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 5-0. He ended the game with a .083 batting average.
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News: Carlos Correa went 1 for 4 with a double Wednesday as the Houston Astros fell to the New York Yankees 5-0.
Impact: After going 7 for 20 with three homers, two doubles, nine RBIs and five runs scored in the final three contests of the ALDS against Boston and first two of the ALCS, Correa is 2 for 12 in the last three games.
News: George Springer went 1 for 4 Wednesday as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 5-0.
Impact: After going 7 for 13 with a homer, two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored in the final three contests of the ALDS against Boston, Springer is batting .111 (2 for 18) in the first five games of the ALCS.
News: Todd Frazier went 0 for 4 Wednesday as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 5-0. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
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News: Yuli Gurriel went 1 for 4 with a double Wednesday as the Houston Astros fell to the New York Yankees 5-0.
Impact: Gurriel has hit safely in eight of nine playoff games while batting .382 (13 for 34) with five extra-base hits and four RBIs.
News: Alex Bregman went 0 for 4 Wednesday as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 5-0. He ended the game with a .118 batting average.
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News: Gary Sanchez went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs Wednesday as the New York Yankees topped the Houston Astros 5-0. The homer was his first of the ALCS.
Impact: Sanchez is 3 for 7 with five RBIs over the last two games after going 0 for 15 with eight strikeouts in the previous four playoff contests.