Your guide to ALCS Game 6

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Your guide to ALCS Game 6

Game six of the American League Championship Series is tonight in Houston with the Astros taking on the Yankees.

Young ace Luis Severino starts for NY in a rematch of Game 2, when Verlander struck out 13 in a complete game and threw a season-high 124 pitches for a 2-1 victory. He was lifted early in Game 2 of the series after a line drive hit his arm.

In Game 5, Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to help lead the way. Didi Gregorius finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Severino said he was fine and wished that Joe Girardi hadn't taken him out, but (a) he was acting a little odd, shaking his arm out like he was trying to shake off some pain; and (b) starting pitchers nearly always lie and say they're better than they are.

The wild-card Yankees have two chances to win one game in Houston for their record 41st trip to the World Series and first since 2009.

Using all his pitches to great effect, particularly his slider and split-fingered fastball, Tanaka powered and spun his way through the Astros' lineup, scattering three hits and striking out eight.

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"When I look at Minnesota, I think it was emotions, and he was able to hold his emotions in the next game and then the next game", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday.

The Cubs had surrendered sadly in Game 3, and most thought they would be swept in Game 4, but they were revitalized enough to push this series one more game. The Yankees' offense also finally broke through against Keuchel for a 5-0 victory in Game 5, giving them a three-games-to-two lead in the series.

As for the American League, Houston still has home-field advantage despite facing a 3-2 deficit. Headley hasn't done much this postseason, but he had three hits in Game 5, earning another start in the DH spot Friday.

"He keeps the ball off the middle of the plate", George Springer, the Astros' leadoff hitter, said. No other active pitcher comes close to making the top 100. But I've learned from that start.

The biggest surprise of the ALCS is how the Yankees' pitching staff has shut down baseball's most offensive team.

And that one third of an inning three weeks ago?

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