Masahiro Tanaka to take mound for Yankees in ALCS opener vs. Astros

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He joked that the lefty will probably feel better when he takes the mound and sees players in Yankees uniforms.

"I've been asked that question like 10 times already", a slightly exasperated Keuchel said. "Then after that is where it gets a little thought-provoking, I guess". "But our guys just stayed the course". The Red Sox gave disheartened, rain-soaked fans at Fenway Park a last glimmer of hope in the bottom of the ninth when Rafael Devers led off the inning with a drive to deep left centre field.

This is the sixth time McCann has gotten to the playoffs, the first time to a championship series.

Thanks in part to Altuve, the Astros wielded Major League Baseball's most prolific offense during the regular season.

The Astros had three position starters in the ALDS vs. the Red Sox with an OPS above 1.000 - Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel and George Springer.

Tanaka pitched Game 3 of that series, striking out seven, walking one and allowing three hits in a 1-0 victory in NY.

Bellinger and Austin Barnes homered off Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke while Japan's Darvish gave up one run and struck out seven in five-plus innings.

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But Keuchel has pitched better than most against the Yankees in recent years, going 4-2 with a 1.41 ERA and 45 strikeouts in six regular-season starts. For people to say he was exposed, or what not, I don't believe in that. "We got to keep going and stay sharp".

The National League Championship Series begins on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, with the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting either the Chicago Cubs or Washington Nationals. But that could also mean that they're ripe for a Game 1 letdown.

But Tanaka didn't survive the second inning May 14 against the Astros, who just got through knocking around Red Sox starting pitching for 16 runs in 11⅔ innings over four games. Left-hander CC Sabathia will start Game 3 when the series moves to NY, and right-hander Sonny Gray will pitch Game 4. To hear Yankees manager Joe Girardi tell it, it was simply a matter of the Indians getting ahead in the count and putting Judge away with pitches that dotted the edges of the plate.

The Yankees will look to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win an ALDS for the second time.

After Keuchel and Tanaka meet on Friday, Verlander and Luis Severino will pitch in Game 2 on Saturday in Houston.

The only playoff game Beltran and McCann had with the Yankees was a loss to the Astros in the 2015 AL wild card game.

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