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Brosseau’s homer lifts Rays to win

Tampa Bay ousts Yan­kees, reaches first ALCS since 2008

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SAN DIEGO — Mike Brosseau home­red off Aroldis Chap­man with one out in the eighth in­ning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yan­kees 2-1 Fri­day night to reach the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries for the first time in 12 sea­sons.

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

Tampa Bay won the AL Divi­sion Se­ries 3-2 and will stay in San Diego to face the Hous­ton Astros in the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries start­ing Sun­day night. The Rays are in the ALCS for the first time since 2008, when they beat the Bos­ton Red Sox in seven games be­fore los­ing to the Philadel­phia Phillies in the World Se­ries.

Brosseau and Chap­man have a his­tory: Chap­man threw a 101 mph fast­ball near Brosseau’s head Sept. 1 in the ninth in­ning of the Rays’ 5-3 vic­tory. Chap­man likely had noth­ing against Brosseau per­son­ally, but the pitch was an ap­par­ent es­ca­la­tion of a feud be­tween the AL East ri­vals, and it prompted Tampa Bay man­ager Kevin Cash’s in­fa­mous dec­la­ra­tion that he has “a whole damn sta­ble full of guys that throw 98 miles an hour.”

“No re­venge, We put that in the past,” Brosseau said. “We came here to win the se­ries. We came here to move on, to do what we do best, that’s play our game.”

The Rays were elim­i­nated by the Astros in the ALDS last year.

“They’ve been the team to beat the last few years,” Brosseau said. “They knocked us out last year so it will be fun to face them again.”

Af­ter Brosseau went un­drafted, the Rays signed him in June 2016 for $1,000.

All-star Austin Mead­ows also home­red for the Rays, con­nect­ing off ace Ger­rit Cole in the fifth. Aaron

Judge tried to make a leap­ing catch but jammed his head into a padded over­hang.

The Rays had 11 homers in the se­ries and the Yan­kees 10.

Judged home­red in the fourth. The Yan­kees also had only three hits.

Cole, start­ing on short rest for the first time in his ma­jor league ca­reer, struck out nine in 5 in­nings.

LWin­ner Diego Castillo fol­lowed a hit­less eighth with a 1-2-3 ninth, and the cel­e­bra­tion was on for the Rays, who dom­i­nated the reg­u­larsea­son se­ries against the Yan­kees 8-2. They took a 2-1 lead in the ALDS be­fore the Yan­kees forced the de­cid­ing fifth game.

Cole, pitch­ing about 100 miles south of where he grew up a Yan­kees fan in New­port Beach, held Tampa Bay to one hit and one run in 5 1/3 in­nings while strik­ing out nine and walk­ing two. Af­ter win­ning Game 1 on Mon­day night, he pitched on short rest for the first time in his ma­jor league ca­reer.

Cole had pitched 4 hit­less, score­less in­nings be­fore Mead­ows home­red to right field to tie the game at 1, and Cole re­acted like he knew it was gone.

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 ?? Sean M. Haffey / Getty Im­ages ?? The Rays’ Michael Brosseau, right, cel­e­brates with team­mate Yandy Diaz af­ter hit­ting a solo home run against the Yan­kees in the eighth in­ning of Game 5 of the ALDS at Petco Park in San Diego.
Sean M. Haffey / Getty Im­ages The Rays’ Michael Brosseau, right, cel­e­brates with team­mate Yandy Diaz af­ter hit­ting a solo home run against the Yan­kees in the eighth in­ning of Game 5 of the ALDS at Petco Park in San Diego.

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