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Yanks’ Hicks gets 1st start since Aug. 3 in Game 3 of ALCS

Aaron Hicks returned to the New York Yankees’ starting lineup on Tuesday for the first time since Aug. 3 and Giancarlo Stanton remained out for the second straight game when the AL Championship Series resumed with the Yankees and Astros tied 1-all.

Hicks took over in center field and was hitting ninth against Houston’s Gerrit Cole in Game 3. Sidelined by an injured flexor near his right elbow, Hicks pinch hit for starting left fielder Cameron Maybin in Game 2 and grounded out leading off the 10th inning, then moved to center.

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Limited by injuries to 18 games during the regular season, Stanton homered in the opener and missed Game 2 because of a strained right quadriceps. Manager Aaron Boone said Stanton probably would be on the injured list if this were the regular season.

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