Peacock, Green get calls to open ALCS Game 6

The Astros will open Game 6 of the AL Championship Series Saturday night with right-hander Brad Peacock on the mound, while the New York Yankees will counter with righty Chad Green in a matchup of bullpens in Houston.

The Astros lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2.

Giancarlo Stanton is not in New York’s Game 6 lineup. The slugger returned from a right quad strain in Friday’s Game 5 but went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Edwin Encarnacion is serving as the team’s designated hitter Saturday.

Both teams arrived in Houston on Saturday morning, just hours after the Yankees stayed alive in the series with a 4-1 Game 5 win.

Peacock actually closed out Friday night’s contest in New York, pitching a scoreless inning of relief after starter Justin Verlander went the first seven innings.

Peacock will be the fourth pitcher ever to finish a postseason game and start the next day on zero days’ rest, and the first since 1924, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

He has been a starter and also has pitched out of the bullpen in his career. He was left off the ALDS roster after missing time late in the season with discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Friday was his first appearance since Sept. 29. He has a 4.73 ERA in eight career postseason appearances with one start.

Green has appeared in three games in the ALCS, the last coming in Thursday’s Game 4, when he allowed two runs in one inning of relief for starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Astros lineup for Game 6: 1. CF George Springer; 2. 2B Jose Altuve; 3. LF Michael Brantley; 4. 3B Alex Bregman; 5. 1B Yuli Gurriel; 6. SS Carlos Correa; 7. DH Yordan Alvarez; 8. C Martin Maldonado; 9. RF Josh Reddick

Yankees lineup for Game 6: 1. 1B DJ LeMahieu; 2. RF Aaron Judge; 3. 2B Gleyber Torres; 4. CF Aaron Hicks; 5. DH Edwin Encarnacion; 6. SS Didi Gregorius; 7. C Gary Sanchez; 8. 3B Gio Urshela; 9. LF Brett Gardner

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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