>> The Houston Astros are headed for their second World Series, while the New York Yankees saw their season come to a decisive end. A thrilling comeback for Houston winning 4-0 in game seven in Minute Maid Park Saturday night. The team rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the best of seven series, a defeat for the Bronx Bombers, who hoped to revitalize a historic rivalry and face down the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
The Yankees and the Dodgers, once both New York hometown rivals, have gone head to head for the championship 11 times since 1941. This would have been their first World Series match up since 1981. But now the Yankees are headed back to the Bronx, and it had to hurt.
Not only did ex-Bomber Brian McCann score two runs for Houston off a double into right field and stopped New York's Greg Bird cold at home plate, the catcher did it all while still taking $5.5 million from the Yankees, who traded him last winter but are still paying nearing a third of his salary.
Houston's win lifting the spirits of a city still recovering from hurricane Harvey. Now the Astros are headed to face the Dodgers. Perhaps the most striking imbalance between the teams, payroll. Los Angeles leads the league at $242 million, almost twice what 18th ranked Houston pays. The Astros last made the series in 2005, losing to the White Sox.
The Dodgers last played a series in 1988, when they defeated Oakland. Game one is in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.