Tanaka to start Game 1 of ALCS for Yan­kees

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Masahiro Tanaka will start Game 1 of the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries for the New York Yan­kees against Dal­las Keuchel and the Hous­ton Astros on Fri­day night.

The Yan­kees an­nounced the de­ci­sion Thurs­day and also set the ro­ta­tion for the next three games.

New York’s Luis Sev­erino will pitch Game 2 on Satur­day against Justin Ver­lan­der, CC Sa­bathia gets the nod to start Game 3 on Mon­day in New York, and Sonny Gray will start Game 4 on Tues­day.

The Astros have not an­nounced their starters for Games 3 and 4.

In­di­ans shocked:

The Cleve­land In­di­ans won 102 games in the reg­u­lar sea­son, strung to­gether the AL’s long­est win­ning streak ever and en­tered the post­sea­son as the league’s top seed in a four-week tour­na­ment where the mad­ness can match any­thing that hap­pens in March.

The post­sea­son will go on with­out them af­ter a 5-2 loss to the Yan­kees on Wed­nes­day night in Game 5 of the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

While All-Star short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor and MVP can­di­date Jose Ramirez rep­re­sent the team’s youth­ful core, the In­di­ans have ma­jor off­sea­son de­ci­sions to make with some im­por­tant vet­er­ans like out­fielder Michael Brantley, pitcher Josh Tom­lin and first base­man Car­los San­tana. Jay Bruce, whose ac­qui­si­tion in an Au­gust trade made the club stronger, will hit the free agent mar­ket, as will de­pend­able re­liev­ers Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith.

Brantley’s sit­u­a­tion is the most del­i­cate. The team has a $12 mil­lion con­tract op­tion on the 30-year-old for 2018 and must weigh whether he’s worth it af­ter be­ing lim­ited to 101 games over the past two sea­sons be­cause of in­juries.

David Dermer / As­so­ci­ated Press

Masahiro Tanaka is doused in Wed­nes­day’s cel­e­bra­tion. The pitcher, who got the Yan­kees jump-started with seven shutout in­nings in Game 3 of the ALDS, will start Game 1 of the ALCS.

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