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Keuchel pitches Astros past Yankees 3-0

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NEW YORK (AP) A year ago, no one could've pictured this. Yet here they were, Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros, soaking in champagne, merrily posing for a victory shot on the mound at Yankee Stadium.

After all that losing, this was one October win to remember.

Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled New York for six innings of three-hit ball. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros beat the Yankees 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.


Harvey misses Mets workout, reason hazy

NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey is off to a horrendous start in his first postseason.

The star pitcher missed a mandatory New York Mets workout Tuesday at Citi Field and apologized to the team for arriving late. Harvey did not give a reason for his absence when he spoke to reporters about 15 minutes after practice ended. He did not take questions, either.


Kershaw to start Game 1 against Mets

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have set their pitching rotation for the first three games of their best-of-five NL playoff series against the New York Mets.

Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 on Friday at Dodger Stadium, as expected, against Jacob deGrom.


Pirates have Liriano as backup for Cole

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates hope Francisco Liriano won't have to pitch until Friday.

Still, the Pirates placed Liriano on the 25-man roster for Wednesday night's wild-card game against the Chicago Cubs should starter Gerrit Cole falter or the contest go deep into extra innings.


Yanks suffer fifth straight playoff loss

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees still have not led in a postseason game since Derek Jeter sprawled in the dirt three years ago, screaming in pain from a broken ankle.

A season-ending 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in the winner-take-all AL wild-card game on Tuesday night should not have been a surprise. The 2015 Yankees overachieved just by reaching the postseason.


Miami re-signs Suzuki, 65 hits shy of 3K

MIAMI (AP) Ichiro Suzuki signed a $2 million, one-year contract Tuesday to remain with the Miami Marlins in hopes of reaching 3,000 hits.

Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on Major League Baseball's hits list with 2,935. He also had 1,278 in Japan.


Rangers' Gallardo to start Game 1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yovani Gallardo will start for the Texas Rangers in their ALDS opener Thursday, and ace lefty Cole Hamels will pitch for the AL West champions in the second game at Toronto.

Manager Jeff Banister announced only the starters for the first two games Tuesday, when the team worked out at home before departing for Canada.


Royals to start Ventura in ALDS opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night.

Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3, with the rest of the rotation to be announced only if Games 4 and 5 are necessary.


Weiss to return as Rockies manager

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss will return to the dugout next season after meeting with General Manager Jeff Bridich on Tuesday.

The Rockies are 208-278 under Weiss, and went 68-94 and finished last in the NL West this season. He has one year left on his contract.


Samson regrets making Jennings manager

MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins President David Samson says he regrets moving general manager Dan Jennings into the dugout, and the franchise has begun its latest managerial search with a new approach.

In the past, Samson said, the Marlins have sought to hire a manager who was a stark contrast to his predecessor.

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