Tanaka will start Fri­day for Yan­kees

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Baseball -

Masahiro Tanaka will start the open­ing game of the Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries Fri­day for the Yan­kees against the Astros, the team an­nounced Thurs­day on its of­fi­cial Twit­ter feed.

Tanaka, who pitched seven shutout in­nings in Game 3 of the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries against the In­di­ans, will face Astros left-han­der Dal­las Keuchel in a rematch of the 2015 AL wild-card game, which the Astros won, 3-0. First pitch is sched­uled for 8:08 p.m..

In choos­ing Tanaka, man­ager Joe Gi­rardi by­passed Sonny Gray, the los­ing pitcher in Game 1 of the ALDS. Gray went 3⅓ in­nings and al­lowed three runs in the Yan­kees’ 4-0 loss.

The team also an­nounced that Luis Sev­erino will start Game 2 vs. Justin Ver­lan­der and CC Sa­bathia will start Mon­day in Game 3 at Yan­kee Sta­dium against a pitcher to be named. Gray will start Game 4 for the Yan­kees.

More post­sea­son

Gary Ced­er­strom will be the um­pire crew chief for the ALCS and Mike Win­ters will han­dle the du­ties for the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries. The ALCS be­gins Fri­day night when the New York Yan­kees visit the Hous­ton Astros, and the NLCS starts Satur­day at Dodger Sta­dium when Los An­ge­les plays host to Wash­ing­ton or the Chicago Cubs.

Join­ing Ced­er­strom on the ALCS crew will be Mark Carlson, Chad Fairchild, Chris Guc­cione, Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and Hunter Wen­del­st­edt. The NLCS crew in­cludes Lance Barks­dale, Eric Cooper, Al­fonso Mar­quez, Todd Tichenor, Bill Welke and Jim Wolf. Carlson and Cooper will be the re­play of­fi­cials for the first two games in their se­ries. Af­ter that, Fairchild and Barks­dale will move from the field to the re­play cen­ter. MLB um­pire Mike Much­lin­ski will be the re­play as­sis­tant through both se­ries.

Else­where

A sports agent and a baseball trainer are seek­ing le­nient prison sen­tences af­ter their con­vic­tions in Mi­ami of smug­gling Cuban play­ers to the U.S. Court records filed this week show agent Bar­tolo Her­nan­dez is ask­ing for a three-year prison term and trainer Julio Estrada wants no more than five years. They were con­victed by a jury in March af­ter a six-week trial. Pros­e­cu­tors are ask­ing a judge to ex­ceed the nineyear max­i­mum for both cal­cu­lated un­der fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines. Sen­tenc­ing is set for Nov. 2.

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