american league wild card houston at n.y. yankees, 7:08 p.m. today (ESPN)

Pitching matchup

Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ERA) vs. Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-7, 3.51)

About the Astros

Houston (86-76) made the playoffs for the first time since reaching the World Series in 2005, getting in as the second wild card on the last day of the season. … The Astros made a 16-game improvement from last year's 70-92 season that came after three straight 100-loss seasons. … Houston led the AL West for most of the season before late-season struggles allowed the Rangers to take the division title.

About the Yankees

In the playoffs for first time in three years, using a combination of veterans and young players to exceed expectations in the post- Derek Jeter era. … New York (87-75) had a seven-game lead in the AL East on July 28 but went 30-33 down the stretch and was overtaken by Toronto. … The Yankees lost six of seven to end the season, going 11 for 68 (. 161) with runners in scoring position.

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