The New York Yankees will host the Detroit Tigers for Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night. Both teams had to play five games to win their respective Division Series, but the Tigers have had a day off to recuperate while the Yankees are playing for the fourth consecutive night.
New York will send Andy Pettitte to the mound in search of his 20th career playoff victory. The veteran lefty was solid in Game 2, allowing three earned runs in seven innings. The Yankees lost that game, 3-2.
The Tigers will counter with tall right-hander Doug Fister. In his only start against New York this season, Fister held the Yanks to two earned runs on 6⅓ innings.
The big story of the evening may be whether Alex Rodriguez makes it into the starting lineup. He was benched in favor of Eric Chavez in Game 5 of the ALDS. A-Rod has struggled against righties all season, hitting just .256.
Saturday's game will start at 8:07 pm ET and air on TBS.