Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced his starting rotation for the first four games of the American League Championship Series against the Astros on Thursday.

HOUSTON — Masahiro Tanaka won’t have to wait long for his shot at revenge.

Tanaka will be the starter when the Yankees face the Astros in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on Friday, manager Joe Girardi told reporters Thursday.

Tanaka took the loss in the AL Wild Card Game to Houston in 2015 against lefty ace Dallas Keuchel, who will toe the rubber against him again for the Astros.

Keuchel outdueled Tanaka that night. Tanaka gave up two runs in five innings while Keuchel held the Yankees scoreless over six.

After Tanaka, it’s ace Luis Severino in Game 2 against Justin Verlander.

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For the Yankees, CC Sabathia will start Game 3 and Sonny Gray in Game 4. Houston hasn’t announced starters for those games.

“We just talked about who is throwing well, how the stuff kind of sets up, and we decided to go that way,” Girardi said.

“Obviously you can look at splits for this club, doesn’t really matter, they hit right-handers basically the same as they hit left-handers even though they have a number of right-handed hitters in their lineup. So we decided that we would go this way just on what’s been going on the last month and the playoffs so far and go from there.”

To stay sharp, Gray was scheduled to throw a simulated game during the Yankees’ off-day workout here Thursday.

The Yankees are pushing back Gray for the second straight time. He would have been on an extra day’s for Game 5 of the AL Division Series, but the Yankees instead went with CC Sabathia.

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