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Yankees, Astros Announce Pitching Plans For Game 6

Aaron Boone points to make a pitching change during a game,

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09: Manager Aaron Boone #17 of the New York Yankees pulls David Robertson #30 in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 09, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

With their backs against the wall on Friday night, the New York Yankees responded with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros. Not only did the AL East champions regain momentum, but they kept their hopes of making the World Series alive.

After three-straight games of nearly zero production at the plate, the Yankees woke up in a big way. Aaron Hicks sent the crowd into a frenzy at Yankee Stadium with a three-run homer in the first inning off Justin Verlander.

James Paxton had his best start in pinstripes, striking out nine batters in six innings. He used his fastball to his advantage against a loaded lineup for the Astros.

Since the series is now heading back to Houston, Aaron Boone and AJ Hinch have to be creative with their pitching staffs. It turns out that both managers will turn to their bullpen for Game 6.

Houston could have used Gerrit Cole for Game 6, but the Astros will save him for a potential do-or-die game on Sunday.

As for New York, it sounds like either Chad Green or J.A. Happ could be the first one out of the bullpen.

If this series does reach Game 7, the Yankees will start Luis Severino.

While the Astros do have home-field advantage for tonight's game, the Yankees might have the edge when it comes to the bullpen.

First pitch for Game 6 is at 8:08 p.m. ET from Minute Maid Park.