1. Season series: Astros won 4-3
2. The Astros (86-76) made the playoffs for the first time since reaching the World Series in 2005, getting in as the second wild card on the last day of the season. Houston was 70-92 last season.
3. The Yankees are in the playoffs for the first time in three years, using a combination of veterans and young players to exceed expectations in the first season of the post-Derek Jeter era. ... New York (87-75) had a seven-game lead in the AL East on July 28 but went 30-33 down the stretch and was overtaken by Toronto.
4. The Yankees were 1-6 in the final seven games with 1B Greg Bird (.333) and rightfielder Carlos Beltran (.304) doing the...