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Yanks’ Paxton to start opener vs Twins, Sabathia off roster

James Paxton will start the New York Yankees’ AL Division Series opener against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, and 39-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia will not be included on the roster because of a sore pitching shoulder.

Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA), a 30-year-old left-hander in his first season with the Yankees, will be followed by Masahiro Tanaka (11-9, 4.45) for Game 2 on Saturday and Luis Severino (1-1, 1.50) for Game 3 at Minnesota on Monday.

James Paxton of the Yankees looks on during

“I’ve been talking to teammates, asking them what it’s been like pitching in the postseason,” Paxton said.

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