LOOK: Yankees’ Brett Gardner robs Rays’ Randy Arozarena of home run in ALDS Game 5

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Rare is the pitcher who’s been able to keep Randy Arozarena of the Rays in check this postseason, so Yankees fly-catcher Brett Gardner decided to take on the mission himself. In the sixth inning of Friday night’s decisive ALDS Game 5 (NYY-TB GameTracker), Arozarena appeared to have homered off New York ace Gerrit Cole to break a 1-1 tie. 

However, Gardner out in left field was unwilling to accommodate: 

That left Arozarena’s bat at 99.6 mph and with a launch angle of 38 degrees. That launch angle is a little higher than optimal, and in this instance it was probably high enough to get caught up in the San Diego evening marine layer. Arozarena appeared to think it was gone off the bat, but that turned out to be not the case by a hairsbreadth or so. 

Anyhow, that’s not the typical home run robbery, as Gardner didn’t undertake the

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Tampa Bay Rays reach ALCS as Mike Brosseau’s homer sends Yankees home | MLB

Mike Brosseau said he wasn’t seeking revenge against hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman, just the chance to keep playing.

He ended up getting both.

Brosseau hit a dramatic home run off Chapman with one out in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night in the decisive Game 5 to reach the AL Championship Series for the first time in 12 seasons.

The first career postseason homer for the 26-year-old utilityman came after a 10-pitch at-bat against the Yankees’ vaunted, hard-throwing closer, who entered in the seventh inning. Brosseau drove a 100mph fastball into the left field seats at Petco Park for the Rays’ third hit.

Brosseau and Chapman have a history: Chapman threw a 101mph fastball near Brosseau’s head on 1 September in the ninth inning of a Rays’ 5-3 victory. Chapman likely had nothing against Brosseau personally, but the pitch was an

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Rays’ Mike Brosseau gets sweet revenge on Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman with clutch go-ahead home run

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The Rays never led the Yankees in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS on Friday until the eighth inning when pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau got the best of an Aroldis Chapman fastball — a fastball that happened to be the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Here’s the game-changing color television footage: 

That blast made gave the Rays a 2-1 lead and pushed their chances of winning Game 5 from 56.2 percent to 85.3 percent. That one-run margin would hold up and send the Rays to the ALCS for the second time in franchise history (box score). As for Brosseau’s clutch homer off that triple-digit fastball, it’s not something that happens often: 

There’s also this: 

To state the obvious, coming off the bench to face a pitcher with Chapman’s stuff is no easy task — bonus credit to him for fouling off a pair of fastballs and a pair of sliders

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New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton rocks MLB playoffs with epic 118.3 mph home run

This is the Giancarlo Stanton whom New York Yankees fans have been waiting to see for the past three seasons.

Stanton hit two home runs in Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Yankees’ division series against the Tampa Bay Rays — which New York ultimately lost 7-5 — and the second one was a legendary three-run blast off Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow, a 118.3 mph rocket in the fourth inning, an estimated 458 feet onto the walkway behind the seats in left-center. Stanton also homered in the second inning, a low liner down the right-field line that just cleared the fence.

Stanton’s second home run off Glasnow’s 97 mph fastball was just the 16th home run of the Statcast era (since 2015) clocked at 118 mph or higher — and he has eight of them.

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Yankees’ Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez crush home runs before ALDS Game 2

SAN DIEGO — Watch Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hammer balls out of Petco Park during batting practice before Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the Rays.

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Notes from the Yankees:

21 BUMP STREET: At 21 years, 140 days old, RHP Deivi García will be the youngest pitcher in franchise history to start a postseason game (previous: Whitey Ford at 21 years, 351 days old in 1950 World Series Game 4 vs. Philadelphia) and the third-youngest Yankee to pitch in a playoff game (Phil Hughes, 21 years, 102 days old for Game 1 of the 2007 ALDS at Cleveland and 21 years, 105 days old in Game 3 of that series and Tom Morgan, 21 years, 137 days old for Game 1 of the 1951 World Series vs. the New

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Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton extends home run tear with slam in ninth inning

SAN DIEGO — All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton might have finally endeared himself to New York Yankees fans by having a signature postseason moment.

Stanton lived up to his former National League MVP pedigree on Monday, hitting the first postseason grand slam of his career in the Yankees’ 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

“That was big, to come out how we did. It was huge,” Stanton said. “That was really cool. I can’t deny that. The spot I helped put the team in, don’t want to take your foot off the gas. Up by [two] compared to by six is a huge difference.”

There is no doubt that the 27-time World Series champions, the winningest franchise in baseball, are a club built for

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Yankees takeaways from 9-3 win in ALDS Game 1 over Rays, including a home run party

The Yankees homered their way to a 9-3 win over their division-rival Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS. >> Box Score

Takeaways from Monday’s game

1) Gerrit Cole has been hurt by the homer all season long, and prior to this game, the Rays accounted for five of his 14 allowed. Well, Randy Arozarena and Ji-Man Choi added two more to the list. Both homers came off the fastball – Arozarena’s a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning while Choi’s was a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth – that caught the middle of the plate.

But the Yankees’ offense would help out Cole (more on that in just a bit), allowing him to leave the game after six innings with the lead. He also helped himself in the bottom of the fifth when he struck out Manuel Margot to strand the

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