Are Yankees concerned that Masahiro Tanaka tired after 68 pitches in ALCS Game 1?

Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka tired after only 68 pitches in his six scoreless innings against the Astros in New York’s 7-0 ALCS Game 1 victory.

That should worry the Yankees, who need Tanaka, pitching on regular rest after Wednesday’s rainout, to carry a heavier load in Game 4 Thursday at Yankee Stadium (8:08 p.m. ET, FS1).

“In kind of talking with him, he was tired after that sixth inning,” manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday on WFAN (via “I was probably going to send him back out (for the seventh) actually and kind of go hitter to hitter at that point. But in how I speak with him in between innings and stuff, I felt like that was the time to do it there.”

Houston enters the critical Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead and, more important and speaking of pitchers’ fatigue, there won’t be anymore off-days in the series. That means if the ALCS goes the full seven games then the teams will play four games in four days, traveling from New York to Houston after Friday’s 7 p.m. ET game ahead of Saturday night’s Game 6, if necessary.

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