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The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS -

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

The Yan­kees 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. The NFL is keep­ing an eye on the wild­fires in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and has been ex­plor­ing op­tions to move Sun­day’s game be­tween the Oak­land Raiders and Los An­ge­les Charg­ers if it be­comes nec­es­sary.

Michael Sig­nora, the NFL’s vice pres­i­dent of football com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said Thurs­day that the league is get­ting up­dates on the sit­u­a­tion from both teams and from city of­fi­cials in Oak­land. Oak­land, which is some 45 miles south of the fires, has been blan­keted by smoke.

If the NFL de­cides that con­di­tions in Oak­land are too un­healthy to play Sun­day, the game could be moved to Levi’s Sta­dium in Santa Clara.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has also of­fered up Qual­comm Sta­dium, where the Charg­ers used to play be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Los An­ge­les this year.

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