The Angels aren't out of the John Lackey business just yet

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While the Angels’ baseball people are said to have moved on from the idea of keeping John Lackey around, owner Arte Moreno is not letting go:

Club officials had all but decided to part with Lackey during the
team’s organizational meetings at the end of the regular season,
according to multiple major-league sources.

But Moreno, after
watching Lackey pitch well in his three postseason starts against the
Red Sox and Yankees, decided that the Angels should renew their efforts
to sign him, the sources said.

What I said just an hour ago about owners making baseball decisions notwithstanding, the best argument for letting Lackey walk is financial, not competitive. Since Arte Moreno holds the purse strings in Anaheim, his interest in keeping Lackey trumps all.  If he’s willing keep Lackey in the fold without sacrificing the team’s other needs — like, say, a cleanup hitter — more power to him.

Watch: Brian McCann’s incredible tag nails Greg Bird at home plate

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Things got a little wild in the fifth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday. With one out and runners at the corners, Astros’ right-hander Charlie Morton fired a 1-1 fastball to Todd Frazier. Frazier returned the ball to third baseman Alex Bregman, who tossed a perfect throw over to Brian McCann at the plate just as Greg Bird came charging home. McCann’s setup was flawless, nailing Bird as he slid into the plate and nullifying the Yankees’ first real attempt to get on the board.

That’s as close as the Yankees have come to scoring so far. The Astros took an early 1-0 lead with Evan Gattis‘ 405-footer off of CC Sabathia in the top of the fourth inning. Jose Altuve chimed in with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth, while McCann followed his lead-preserving tag with an equally jaw-dropping two-out, two-RBI double. Houston currently leads 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth.