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Yankees pit Tanaka vs. Astros' Keuchel in G1

From ESPN - 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.

"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 are 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.

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