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Marly RiveraESPN Writer
Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.
SAN DIEGO — By taking the mound in Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, rookie Deivi Garcia will make history. The Dominican-born pitcher will become the youngest player to make a postseason start in New York Yankees franchise history at 21 years, 140 days old.
And he will do so with his team leading 1-0 in the best-of-five set. The Yankees won the series opener 9-3 Monday night at Petco Park.
Despite only six major league starts under Garcia’s belt, manager Aaron Boone said he opted to go with Garcia due to the maturity he has displayed this season. According to research by ESPN Stats & Information, the only other 21-year-old to make a postseason start for the Yankees was Whitey Ford in Game 4 of the 1950 World Series (21 years, 351 days).
“We deliberated on that a lot over the last several days,” Boone said ahead of Game 1. “Masa [Tanaka] will now go in Game 3. So just like slot, and Deivi in between [Game 1 starter