Yankees pit Tanaka vs. Astros’ Keuchel in G1

Updated: October 12, 2017

Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound Friday night when the New York Yankees open their American League Championship Series against the Astros in Houston.

Luis Severino will start Game 2 on Saturday in Houston. CC Sabathia will start Game 3 on Monday in New York. Sonny Gray will take the mound for Game 4.

Gray has only thrown 3 1/3 innings since Sept. 28, so he’s scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

Astros’ Beltran, McCann glad for young Yanks

Astros duo Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann spent most of the previous three seasons as teammates with the Yankees, and while there got to see the birth of those baby Bronx Bombers they will now face in the AL Championship Series.

“He’s had some really big starts, his last two starts have been outstanding,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Tanaka. “And there’s a lot of times that he really gets on a roll and he puts a bunch of them together and we’re going to need a good one from him tomorrow.”

The Yankees made the announcements Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after they knocked off the Cleveland Indians in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series.

Tanaka pitched Game 3 of that series, striking out seven, walking one and allowing three hits in a 1-0 victory in New York.

Tanaka will oppose Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel in the series opener. The two also met in the 2015 AL wild-card game, with Keuchel and the Astros winning 3-0.

“We’re well aware he’s had success against the Yankees, we’re very confident in this ballpark. He’s pitched extraordinarily,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Keuchel.

Justin Verlander will take the mound for the Astros in Game 2.

“The fact that we have both [Verlander and Keuchel] is a huge advantage for us,” Hinch said.

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