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The New York Yankees still haven’t announced
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January 15, 2019 - 2:17 am

who will start the American League wild-card game against the Oakland A’s next Wednesday.But Thursday… , before a 12-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays reduced their magic number for clinching home field for the game to one, the Yankees did announce their rotation for the weekend regular-season finale in Boston.It sure looks like J.A. Happ will be the wild-card starter.Article continues below …The left-hander, 6-0 with a 2.18 ERA in nine starts with New York, opens the Fenway Park series against Rick Porcello. Lance Lynn goes Saturday and Luis Severino on Sunday.That would leave Happ on his regular rest for the wild card, but Severino will have just two days’ rest.Happ has pitched well in his career against Boston, leading to speculation that Happ would be saved for the Red Sox. But manager Aaron Boone said the focus is on Oakland, regardless of where the game is played.“No,” Boone said. “I would say we’re going to pour everything kind of into the wild-card game and what we think will give us the best chance.”Masahiro Tanaka apparently took himself out of consideration with two straight bad starts. Severino, who had been the ace, recovered some from his recent struggles but doesn’t appear to be all the way back.That leaves Happ, who is 16-6 with a 3.57 ERA overall with Toronto and New York and should be rewarded — quite possible by the Yankees — with a free agent contract this winter.He is 7-4 with a 2.82 career ERA against the Red Sox, 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA at Fenway Park. He would be in line for only one ALDS start — Game 3, which would be in New York.Happ has pitched three times, in three different stadiums Scott Feldman Jersey , against Boston this season, going 0-1 with two good starts and one shaky. He has 22 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings against the Red Sox.Porcello, 17-7 with a 4.33 ERA, is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA this year against the Yankees — 10-8 with a 3.16 ERA this season. He has had one bad start against New York this season, but his other two have been gems — one run and three hits in 16 innings with 15 strikeouts.The Yankees expect to have Aaron Hicks (hamstring) back in the lineup Friday night and may well get Didi Gregorius back this weekend.The Red Sox have some bad numbers against Happ, but former teammate and close friend Steve Pearce is 10-for-29 (.345) with five home runs against his buddy. Brandon Phillips is 8-for-29 (.348) with three homers, and two of Ian Kinsler’s seven hits have been home runs.But Andrew Benintendi is 0-for-15, Sandy Leon 1-for-10 (.100), Jackie Bradley Jr. 3-for-20 (.150), Xander Bogaerts 5-for-29 (.172), Mookie Betts 6-for-32 (,188) with a homer, Rafael Devers 2-for-9 (.222) and J.D. Martinez 4-for-17 (.235).The Yankees have dreadful numbers against Porcello, hitting a cumulative .214 (60-for-81) but with 13 homers. Neil Walker is 1-for-14 (.071) Eugenio Suarez Jersey , Greg Bird 1-for-12 (.083), Andrew McCutcheon 1-for-10 (.100), Austin Romine 1-for-9 (.111), Hicks 4-for-31 (.129) with two homers, Gary Sanchez 2-for-13 (.154), Ronald Torreyes 2-for-12 (.167) and Adeiny Hechavarria 4-for-22 (.182).The Red Sox, who will open the ALDS at home next Friday and Saturday, have already broken the club record for wins in a season and, after an off-day Thursday, come into this game at 107-52.Chris Sale, who will pitch Game 1, took the loss in Wednesday night’s second game of a day/night double-header at Fenway.“Obviously I’m not where I want to be,” he said after working 4 2/3 innings, his velocity down.“Not great…..aza-jersey , we saw that,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Velocity wasn’t great. The slider, the two (players) that he hit, but then after that he had a few swings and misses. The changeup was OK.”The Yankees hit four homers, two by Giancarlo Stanton, and CC Sabathia notched his 246th career win Thursday. But the victory was costly for Sabathia, who was ejected in the sixth inning for throwing at Jesus Sucre. The ejection left him two innings shy of the 155 he needed for a $500,000 bonus.“I don’t really make decisions based on money, I guess,” said Sabathia, who would likely start a Game 4 of the ALDS. “I just felt like it was the right thing to do.” Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesMilwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich is enjoying facing Cincinnati Reds pitching.A day after drilling two home runs in Tuesday’s 9-7 loss, Yelich needed a mere seven innings Wednesday to hit for the cycle. The Brewers announced he is the eighth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat and the first to do so since 2011, when George Kottaras hit for the cycle against the Houston Astros.Milwaukee Brewers BrewersWith his triple in the 7th, ChristianYelich ties this game at 10 and becomes the first Brewers player to hit for the cycle since George Kottaras (9/3/11 at Houston). He is the 8th Brewers player to hit for the cycle. #ThisIsMyCrew atLiRrgnAEMLB MLBThe second CYCLE of 2018!Have a day Tucker Barnhart Jersey , ChristianYelich! xrxj4DUCzhYelich singled in his first two at-bats and then went on a tear in the middle portion of Wednesday’s contest by homering in the fifth, doubling in the sixth and tripling to tie the contest at 10 in the top of the seventh.It was more of the same for the first-time All-Star, who has helped carry the Brewers offense and has the team in position to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 campaign. He entered Wednesday’s contest with a slash line of .310/.373/.545, and the long ball was his career-high 26th of the season.”You try to improve every year, and you learn a lot about the game and yourself,” he said of his impressive effort in his first year with the Brewers, per Adam McCalvy of “I think you’re still learning, no matter how long you play this game. It’s kind of a trial-by-fire-type deal.”Milwaukee is 5.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central and 1.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for second place, but it is also in possession of the final wild-card spot in the league.If Yelich continues hitting like he has throughout the season, he will have the opportunity to impress in front of a national audience in October.

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