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With quick hooks, Yanks win 2 of 3 from Rays at Citi Field

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Given a two-run lead and one out from qualifying for his first win with the Yankees, Jaime Garcia gave up an opposite-field single to left by Lucas Duda on a check swing. Joe Girardi walked to the mound, and Garcia handed him the ball without saying a word, without even looking at him, then muttered while walking to the dugout. “I don’t think I’ve ever been pleased when the manager takes me out,” Garcia said.

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Brett Gardner’s walk-off single leads Yankees past Rays

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This latest hit by Brett Gardner produced another walkoff win for the New York Yankees – without any mishaps, either. Gardner hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, sending the AL East leaders over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 for their sixth straight win.

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Infield mix-up, walk-off homer leads Yanks to win over Rays

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Shortstop Adeiney Hechavarria and second baseman Tim Beckham watched Gary Sanchez‘s playable grounder bounce between them on the left side of the infield for a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Brett Gardner homered leading off the 11th, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Thursday night for their fourth straight win. Gardner tripled to the left-center wall off Alex Colome leading off the ninth, but the closer appeared to pitch out of…

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Yanks avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Rays

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn’t help but smile when talking about 5-foot-11 Brett Gardner going deep again and 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge making an unbelievable diving catch. Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this 2016 total, and CC Sabathia won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year to help New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep. Didi Gregorius had an RBI single in the second for the second…

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With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

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The fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn’t have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs. It was as if the gods finally cut this snake-bit franchise a long overdue break. One hundred and eight years overdue. Shell-shocked after blowing a three-run lead with four outs to go in Game 7 of the World Series, the Cubs looked more like deer staring into headlights as they headed to extra innings against the Cleveland Indians. A series of head-scratching moves…

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World Series managers already face second-guessing

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Joe Maddon and Terry Francona are among the most highly regarded managers in Major League Baseball. If Maddon and the Chicago Cubs win tonight, he joins the exclusive club of guiding a World Series Champion. A victory by the Cleveland Indians would mean a third World Series ring for Francona, having won with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. Despite their high stature, both managers will be open to second-guessing for decisions made in Game 6, depending on…

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Dueling droughts: Cubs, Indians to meet in World Series

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At long, long last, it’s true: Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series. The matchup between teams that forever waited till next year – next century, really – is finally here. A classic Fall Classic, for sure. Do-it-all Javier Baez, flashy Francisco Lindor, MVP caliber Kris Bryant and a bevy of young stars. Lights-out relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, and wily skippers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona. Plus, intrigue if injured All-Star starter Danny…

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