The Yankees look to get things started on the right foot in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday at 8:08 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.
Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia are back on the ALCS roster for the Yankees, while Luke Voit and Tyler Wade were left off. ... Hicks is not in the starting lineup, while Sabathia will pitch out of the bullpen during the series. ... The Astros took four of seven games from the Yankees in the 2019 regular season, including a three-game sweep in Houston. ... The Yankees have moved Gleyber Torres up to the third spot in the lineup after having Brett Gardner in that spot for all three games of the ALDS.
|DJ LeMahieu, 1B||George Springer, CF|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Michael Brantley, LF|
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||Jose Altuve, 2B|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||Alex Bregman, 3B|
|Giancarlo Stanton, LF||Yordan Alvarez, DH|
|Brett Gardner, CF||Yuli Gurriel, 1B|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Carlos Correa, SS|
|Gio Urshela, 3B||Kyle Tucker, RF|
|Didi Gregoruis, SS||Robinson Chirinos, C|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who was terrific for the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS against Minnesota, tossing five innings of one-run ball. ... Tanaka has been simply outstanding in the postseason in his career, pitching to a 1.54 ERA in six career postseason starts. ... The right-hander has pitched at least 5.0 innings in every career postseason start, and has only allowed more than one earned run one time, when he allowed two earned to the Astros in Game 1 of the 2017 ALCS.
Who is starting for the Astros?
RHP Zack Greinke, who struggled against the Rays in his only postseason start of 2019. ... Greinke allowed six earned runs in 3.2 innings, surrendering three home runs in a Rays 10-3 win in Game 3 of their ALDS series. ... The right-hander has pitched well against the Bombers this season, allowing just three earned in 12.2 innings.
The Yankees and Astros square off in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night at 8:08 p.m. James Paxton will take the ball for the Yankees against Astros righty Justin Verlander.