Eric Chavez not ready to call it a career quite yet

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After saying earlier this week that he was contemplating retirement, Eric Chavez clarified things today by telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that he has no plans to call it quits before at least trying one more comeback.

I don’t know if I’ll every play again, I really don’t. But I’m going to try. I’m not going to get on any type of official schedule. My goal is to be back in Oakland by September. It may be in uniform, it may be out of uniform. I’m not really sure yet. But I’ve been working out and, physically, I’m feeling really good. I’m just going to start trying to do some baseball activities and see what happens. But, I’m literally going to take it day by day and not put a stamp on a plan.

If I feel like things aren’t working out, I guess I’ll have to think about things then. But, I’m really not sure. I’ve definitely thought about retirement, but I’m not ready to commit to that yet. When I can’t physically get any work done on the baseball field, I know I’m going to have to really consider it, but I’m going to try to play to the end and give myself every chance to play baseball. I’m at that point where I’m not ready to make that decision, so that tells me I’m going to keep going.

The whole article is worth reading, because it paints a picture of a person who seems relatively at peace with the fact that injuries ruined his career before age 30. Chavez hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2006, going through countless injuries and setbacks during that time, but he’s made a whole bunch of money and has been hanging out with his family and … well, my guess is soon enough he’ll choose that over trying to fight his way back for another season.

Astros push ALCS to Game 7 with 7-1 stunner against Yankees

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There’s just something about playing in your home ballpark. The Astros decimated the Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Friday, riding seven scoreless innings from Justin Verlander and a pair of big runs from Jose Altuve to win 7-1 and force a Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

Through the first four innings, however, the teams looked equally matched. Luis Severino no-hit the Astros through 3 2/3 innings, losing his bid on Carlos Correa‘s line drive single in the fourth. The Astros returned in the fifth to do some real damage, drawing two walks and plating the first run of the night with Brian McCann‘s ground-rule double off of the right field wall. Things didn’t get any easier for Severino. Jose Altuve lined a two-RBI base hit into left field, upping Houston’s advantage to three runs.

Verlander, meanwhile, muted the Yankees’ offense with seven innings of five-hit, eight-strikeout ball. While he didn’t come close to matching his complete game effort in Game 2, he was still plenty dominant against a struggling New York lineup. No player reached past first base until the sixth inning, when a pair of base hits from Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees their first runner in scoring position. That didn’t last long, though, as Gary Sanchez grounded out on a 3-0 slider to end the inning.

In the seventh, Houston’s ace got into another spot of trouble. He walked Greg Bird on six pitches to start the inning, then plunked Starlin Castro on the wrist. Aaron Hicks struck out, in part thanks to a questionable call by home plate umpire Jim Reynolds, but it was Todd Frazier who presented the biggest threat after returning an 0-1 fastball for a 403-foot fly out to left field. Luckily for Verlander, George Springer was there to bail him out with a leaping catch at the wall.

The Yankees kept things exciting in the eighth, too. Aaron Judge ripped his third postseason home run off of Brad Peacock, taking a 425-footer out to the train in left field to spoil the Astros’ shutout. That was the only real break the Yankees got, however, as Altuve, Alex Bregman and Evan Gattis returned in the bottom of the inning to tack on another four runs, including Altuve’s solo shot off of David Robertson:

Ken Giles handled the ninth, expending 23 pitches and giving up a base hit and a walk before retiring Frazier and Headley to end the game. Thanks to Houston’s winning efforts, the two teams will compete in their first seven-game Championship Series since 2004 — and this time, at least one of them is guaranteed to come away with a win.

Game 7 of the ALCS is set for Saturday at 8:00 PM ET. Houston right-hander Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA) is scheduled to face southpaw CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA).