(The Sports Xchange) – The New York Yankees tabbed right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to start Friday’s opener of the American League Championship Series against the host Houston Astros.
The Yankees announced their rotation on Thursday, one day after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the AL Division Series. Right-hander Luis Severino will start Saturday’s Game 2 in Houston. Left-hander CC Sabathia will start Game 3 when the series moves to New York, and right-hander Sonny Gray will pitch Game 4.
The Washington Nationals announced left-hander Gio Gonzalez as their starter for Thursday’s winner-take-all Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the visiting Chicago Cubs.
Gonzalez, who was given the nod over right-hander Tanner Roark, will be opposed by Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks. The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to the NLCS to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Rookie Davis is expected to be sidelined into spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum and remove a bone spur in his right hip earlier this week, the team announced.
Davis posted a 1-3 mark with an 8.63 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance this season. The 24-year-old’s last start spanned just three innings, as he allowed five runs in a 9-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.