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Houston Astros News: October 19, 2017

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Houston Astros news and notes from around the league for Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Houston Astros return home in unfamiliar position: playing from behind - SweetSpot- ESPN
Just one loss from October oblivion after a season as a front-runner, Houston must show it can handle the challenge of facing elimination.

Baby Bombers top Keuchel, Astros; Yankees within a win of World Series - Yankees Blog- ESPN
The Yankees youngsters took down Houston's ace to complete a Bronx sweep and bring the Fall Classic within reach.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch reflects on key decisions in ALCS Game 4 - Houston Chronicle
When he sent starter Lance McCullers Jr., back out at only 80 pitches for the seventh inning of the Astros' 6-4 loss in Tuesday's ALCS Game 4, manager A.J. Hinch hadn't made a permanent decision on whether Aaron Judge would be the pitcher's final batter.

Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees RECAP, score and stats ALCS Game 4 (10/17/17) | NJ.com
The Houston Astros, up 2-1 in the best of seven series, met the New York Yankees in Game 4 of Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (10/17/17) at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Astros on brink of elimination after being shut out by Yankees in Game 5 - Houston Chronicle
If the Astros fail to win the two consecutive games they require to advance to the World Series, their American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees will be remembered for the disappearing act of their major league-best offense.

Astros fans remain optimistic about World Series chance | abc13.com
For many die hard fans of the Houston Astros, this is the year they've been waiting for since the last appearance in the World Series.

Devoted fan not giving up hope after Astros' 3rd straight loss to Yankees - Houston Chronicle
A few days ago, Eugenia Rios was riding high. Her neurologist had called to let her know he hadn't found any new tumors in her most recent brain scan, and her beloved Astros had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.


MLB News

NLCS Game 4: Wade Davis saves the Cubs season with great performance - SBNation.com
After two innings of work, don’t expect to see him pitch again though.

Highlights from Cubs’ NLCS Game 4 win over Dodgers - SBNation.com
The Dodgers were trying to win a pennant. The Cubs managed to stay alive.

NLCS results 2017: Cubs beat Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4 to avoid elimination - SBNation.com
All of the runs came from homers, so it was a fun night.

Highlights from Yankees’ ALCS Game 5 win over Astros - SBNation.com
The Yankees are a win away from the World Series.

Dodgers vs. Cubs 2017 live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch NLCS Game 4 online - SBNation.com
The Chicago Cubs try to avoid getting swept in the National League Championship Series, while the Los Angeles Dodgers are just one win away from their first World Series trip in 29 years.