Stanton not starting for Yankees in Game 3
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Giancarlo Stanton is not starting for the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

Stanton, who also missed Game 2, strained his right quadriceps while running to first base in Game 1.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone stated that Stanton is available off the bench, according to's Bryan Hoch.

"He wants to play," Boone said. "But we've also had some real conversations about, 'You've got to be honest with where you're at.' I mean, there is an injury in there."

Boone added that Stanton would be put on the injured list if this was the regular season.

After appearing in just 18 season games for the Yankees this year due to myriad injuries, Stanton recorded six at-bats against the Minnesota Twins during the division series. He then homered against Houston in Game 1.

With Stanton out of the lineup on Tuesday, Aaron Hicks will start in center field and Brett Gardner will play in left.

If the Yankees remove Stanton from their ALCS roster, he'd become ineligible for the World Series.

Stanton not starting for Yankees in Game 3
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