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ALCS preview

yankees-Astros

A look at the best-of-seven AL Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros:

Projected Lineups

Yankees: LF Brett Gardner, RF Aaron Judge, SS Didi Gregorius, C Gary Sanchez, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Starlin Castro, CF Aaron Hicks, DH Chase Headley or Jacoby Ellsbury or Matt Holliday, 3B Todd Frazier.

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

game 1 starters

Yankees: RH Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA)

Astros: LH Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90)

notes

This is the second postseason meeting between the teams. Houston won the 2015 AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium when Keuchel beat Tanaka 3-0. ... The Astros won the season series 5-2. … The series features the two highest-scoring teams in the majors and some of the brightest young stars in baseball, including Sanchez, Severino, Correa and Springer. It also matches two front-runners for AL MVP in Judge and Altuve. … Correa feasted on Yankees pitching this year, batting .500 (14-for-28) with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI. Gurriel also did fine, hitting .409 (9-for-22) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI. ... Gardner hit a grand slam and had six RBI in one of New York's victories over Houston.

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