Yankees plan to go all relievers in ALCS Game 4 vs. Astros

Mon Oct 14 4:07pm ET

Players: J.A. Happ, Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Carlos Correa

New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates with teammates after his walk-off home run against the New York Yankees during the 11th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees plan to use their bullpen against Houston from the start in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.

With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, Luis Severino starts Game 3 on Tuesday against Gerrit Cole. Masahiro Tanaka started the opener and James Paxton was on the mound for Game 2. Manager Aaron Boone plans to use pitchers who have been in the bullpen in the postseason during the fourth game on Wednesday night.

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

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

Weather could cause New York to alter its plans. Heavy rain is forecast for Wednesday, and if Game 4 is postponed, the Yankees would be able to bring back Tanaka, the Game 1 winner, on normal rest.

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