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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Astros will send Brad Peacock to the mound to start Game 6. AJ Hinch announced it would be a bullpen day, and that he'll "likely" stay away from using Gerrit Cole.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Deshaun Watson and the Texans supporting the 'Stros as they head out to Indianapolis today!

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Crazy tidbit from Elias: Tonight marked the first time in 1,609 postseason games through baseball history in which both teams scored in the first inning then put up zeroes the rest of the way.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch did not announce who will begin Game 6 for Houston on Saturday but it will not be Gerrit Cole. Hinch said that he and his staff will formulate specific plans during the trip back to Texas, but it will be a bullpen game. Hinch added that it was "not likely" that Cole would be used, saving him for a possible Game 7 start.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

AJ Hinch: "It'll be a bullpen game tomorrow and I'm unlikely to use (Gerrit) Cole."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

To paraphrase, George Costanza once said, "No Yankees is ever going to Houston. No, George -- they all are. New York staves off elimination with a 4-1 win in Game 5 at Yankee Stadium. All the scoring came in the first. Justin Verlander was outstanding except for a few minutes at the outset and that was enough to extend the series. The Astros -- and the Yankees -- will be in Houston for Game 6 on Saturday.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Justin Verlander stopped warming up and looked at the screen, and then looked towards the Yankees dugout, as CC Sabathia was honored on the screen at Yankee Stadium.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

James Paxton's highest pitch-count this season was 110 pitches on April 16th. Paxton completed the 6th inning after throwing his 112th pitch of the evening.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

We've seen vintage Justin Verlander for 4 2/3 innings but unfortunately for the Astros, he'd given up four runs before he settled in. Verlander's start was both shaky and ill-fated, but the bottom line is the same either way: Houston will have to rally against the Yankees bullpen to end this series tonight. New York starter James Paxton isn't done, though, as he's on the hill to begin the sixth.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

After the Yankees hit two home runs vs. Justin Verlander in the first inning, the Astros ace has now given up 23 postseason home runs in his career, third-most all-time behind Andy Pettitte (31) and Clayton Kershaw (24).

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Robinson Chirinos, who is behind the plate tonight and caught all 35 of Justin Verlander's regular season starts in 2019, told me the Astros ace gifted him and Abraham Toro a pair of engraved Rolex ‘Batman' watches. Toro hit the two-run HR to back Verlander's third career no-hitter, and second against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Rolex watches are engraved with their names and the 9/1/2019 scoreboard.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Stanton on lobbying to be in the starting lineup: "I'm here just to be out there too. That's the most frustrating part of these past couple of days. But if I can be in there and contribute, that's what we need. And we need it now."