NEW YORK -- The Yankees’ two most recent trips to the American League Championship Series ended with heartbreak in Houston, their pindrop-silent clubhouse filled with back slaps, hugs, tears and regrets. The opponent remained the same this time, with the Astros celebrating yet another advance to the World Series, but winter has arrived earlier than expected in the Bronx.
A botched seventh-inning double-play ball opened the door for Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman to knock in runs as the Astros handed the Yankees a 6-5 loss on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium, completing a four-game ALCS sweep. The Yankees have not reached the World Series since raising the storied franchise’s 27th championship trophy in 2009, a time when the iPad, Instagram and Uber did not exist.
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