Yanks to start C Higashioka, sit Sánchez in wild-card opener

CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping slugger Gary Sánchez will be benched in favor of Kyle Higashioka in the New York Yankees lineup for their wild-card opener. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Monday that Higashioka would catch ace Gerrit Cole to start the best-of-three series against the Cleveland Indians. With Giancarlo Stanton set to start at designated hitter, Sánchez — a two-time All-Star — won’t crack the starting lineup and will instead be available to pinch-hit. Sánchez batted .147 this season, which would have been lowest in the majors by far if he had enough at-bats to qualify.