Yankees, Astros announce ALCS G1 lineups

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The Yankees and Astros have announced tonight’s starting lineups for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, scheduled to begin at 8 ET/7 CT on FS1.

Masahiro Tanaka, who beat the Indians in Game 2 of the AL Division Series presented by Doosan, will return to the mound, this time opposite Dallas Keuchel, who last faced the Yankees in a postseason game in the 2015 AL Wild Card Game, hurling six scoreless innings en route to a 3-0 victory.

Manager Joe Girardi is going back to a similar lineup he used in the club’s Game 4 win over the Indians in the ALDS, with a few tweaks. Right-handed-hitting Matt Holliday is slotted in at designated hitter in lieu of Chase Headley (the Game 4 DH) and Jacoby Ellsbury, who is hitless in eight at-bats this postseason. It will be Holliday’s first time in the batting order for the Yankees in the 2017 playoffs. He’ll hit eighth.

Brett Gardner, who is leading the Yankees with a .320 batting average so far this postseason, continues to bat leadoff, while Aaron Hicks, second on the team with a .318 mark and the only Yankees starter to homer off Keuchel in his career, hits sixth.

Aaron Judge will bat second ahead of the right-handed Gary Sanchez, with lefty Didi Gregorius, who is coming off a two-homer game vs. Corey Kluber, batting fourth.

Starlin Castro and Todd Frazier, the lone Yankees regulars without a homer this postseason, will bat fifth and ninth, respectively, with Greg Bird hitting seventh to round out the order.

YANKEES
Brett Gardner, LF
Aaron Judge, DH
Didi Gregorius, SS
Gary Sanchez, C
Starlin Castro, 2B
Aaron Hicks, CF
Greg Bird, 1B
Matt Holliday, DH
Todd Frazier, 3B

Masahiro Tanaka

ASTROS
George Springer, CF
Josh Reddick, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B
Carlos Correa, SS
Marwin Gonzalez, LF
Yuli Gurriel, 1B
Carlos Beltran, DH
Alex Bregman, 3B
Brian McCann, C

Dallas Keuchel

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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