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Astros add another run in the 7th

Astros 2B Jose Altuve hit an RBI single off Yankees RHP Dellin Betances to score Jonathan Villar in the seventh inning to give his team insurance and a 3-0 lead in the AL wild-card game. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Masahiro Tanaka out after 5 innings

Tanaka allowed 2 solo HRs, 4 hits and a season-high 3 walks to the Astros. It is his sixth start of 5 IP or less this season after having just one all last year. Justin Wilson is in for the Yankees, who trail 2-0. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, Joe Girardi is dipping into his bullpen early, going to lefty Justin Wilson to start the 6th. Masahiro Tanaka allowed 4 hits, 2 of them HRs, walked 3 and K'd 3 and was generally not sharp. Girardi hoping to use Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller the rest of the way.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Joe Girardi bullpen plan rest of the way is simple: Wilson, Betances and Miller ONLY unless extra innings #Yankees

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

This will come as no comfort to Yankees fans. Dallas Keuchel has lost just once in 33 starts this season in a game in which he led by two runs. He has now thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings against the Yankees this season.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Amazin how the Carlos Gomez trade that fell threw to the #Mets helped both them (Cespedes) and the #Astros as much as it did

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

While everyone raves about slugging Jays, Astros were 2d in majors in HRs with 230, only two fewer than Jays. Just another thing folks may not have known about the 'Stros.

Gomez's HR gives Astros 2-0 lead (0:23)

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Pitch counts don't matter in a wild card game .....only the way you are pitching in a win or go home game #Keuchel #Tanaka

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Keuchel has thrown 100 or more pitches in 26 starts, maxing out at 122 on 9/27. None on 3 days' rest though. He's at 52 pitches through 3.


Keuchel cruising through 3

Dallas Keuchel has already struck out 5 Yankees through 3 innings, as the Astros hold a 1-0 lead. Houston is 58-21 when scoring first this season, while New York is 23-51 when opponents score first this season. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Great body control by former Gold Glove 3B Chase Headley and perhaps even a better call by 1B umpire Paul Emmel #Yankees

Jets shoot up in power rankings

The Jets are 3-1 for the first time since 2010. Where are they ranked heading into a bye week? Power Rankings

Giants move up power rankings

With an impressive defensive performance against the Bills, things appear to finally be coming together for the Giants. Where did they land in our rankings this week? Week 5 Power Rankings

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.

Rasmus smashes HR to right field (0:21)

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 

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