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Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino say they expect to be a high-performance battery in wild-card game

Gary Sanchez waits his turn during batting practice

Gary Sanchez waits his turn during batting practice Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Yankee Stadium on the eve of the AL wild-card game against Oakland.   Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The last time Luis Severino and Gary Sanchez teamed up against the A’s, they contributed to a train wreck.  

The A’s tallied four runs in the first inning of that Sept. 5 game at Oakland, an ugly frame featuring two wild pitches and two passed balls, which the battery blamed on cross-ups from a last-minute changing of the signs.

Neither is worried about something similar unfolding Wednesday.

“We didn’t set the right signs and stuff like that, but we talked about it,” Severino said Tuesday. “We figured it out.”

Said Sanchez: “Communication is so important. Looking forward to having a good plan going into the game.”

Sanchez, it should be pointed out, caught Severino the vast majority of the first half when he went 14-2 with a 2.31 ERA and last season when the righthander went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA and finished third in AL Cy Young voting.

While there was some surprise to Severino being named Wednesday’s starter, Boone and general manager Brian Cashman said two weeks ago, in no uncertain terms, Sanchez would start behind the plate despite the concerns about his defense that resulted in a league-high 18 passed balls.

“He will be my catcher and I am very confident,” Boone said Tuesday.

Of the Sanchez/Severino tandem, Boone added: “I am confident they are in a good place and will be on the same page. I think they give us a great chance to win tomorrow night.”

Roster doings

The Yankees don’t have to release their 25-man roster until Wednesday but Boone said the club will carry 10 pitchers and 15 position players. Starters Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn will be included in the group as long-man options. Boone said utility man Tyler Wade, among the fastest Yankees, will be on the roster as will Kyle Higashioka as a third catcher. Boone said the inclusion of Higashioka is not an indication he plans to sub out Sanchez for defense late in the game.

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