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Yankees, Astros plan to use only relievers in Game 4 of ALCS

Yankees, Astros plan to use only relievers in Game 4 of ALCS
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New York’s Luis Severino will start Game 3 Tuesday against Houston’s Gerrit Cole, but neither team has a starting pitcher it wants to use for Game 4 on Wednesday.

“J.A. Happ could very much be in the mix, as well as I picture our bullpen being unleashed on that day,” New York manager Aaron Boone said Monday.

A starter during the regular season, Happ has relieved during the playoffs. The 36-year-old former Blue Jay entered in the 10th inning of Game 2, escaped a two-out jam, then allowed Carlos Correa’s home run leading off the 11th that gave the Astros a 3-2 win.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch anticipates rookie right-hander José Urquidy will pitch at some point in Game 4, but preferred to call it “a bullpen day.”

“That’s the cool thing to say nowadays,” Hinch said. “Maybe Urquidy starts, maybe he comes in the middle of the game. And we go with somebody with a little bit more experience. But we haven’t made that decision. We don’t even know if we’re going to play that day. There’s been a lot of talk about the weather.”

Heavy rain is forecast for Wednesday and if Game 4 is postponed, the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka and Houston’s Zack Grienke would start Thursday on normal rest.
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