SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports activities’ Steve Gardner tells us every thing we would like to know for the horrible ALCS showdown between the Yankees and Astros.

The Unusual York Yankees took Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, shutting out the Houston Astros in a 7-0 protect at Minute Maid Park.

Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela homered for the Yankees, who hadn’t played since Monday after sweeping the Minnesota Twins within the ALDS.

After Zack Greinke took the loss in Game 1, the Astros will originate Justin Verlander as they are attempting to even up the correct-of-seven sequence. Houston had baseball’s preferrred file (107-55) within the regular season, while the Yankees (103-59) acquired the AL East for the main time since 2012.

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Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) went 1-1 within the ALDS, a success Game 1 but losing Game 4. He made two starts in opposition to the Yankees within the regular season, giving up six earned runs in 13 innings.

For the Yankees, lefty James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) takes the mound. He started Game 1 of the ALDS, giving up three earned runs with eight strikeouts in 4 ⅔ innings. Paxton pitched twice in opposition to the Astros within the regular season, giving up 13 hits and six earned runs in 9 innings.


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