Giancarlo Stanton returns to Yankees lineup, replaces Edwin Encarnación at DH

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/8634/" data-ylk="slk:Giancarlo Stanton">Giancarlo Stanton</a> #27 of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/ny-yankees/" data-ylk="slk:New York Yankees">New York Yankees</a> takes batting practice prior to Game 1 of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/houston/" data-ylk="slk:Houston Astros">Houston Astros</a> at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice prior to Game 1 of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

NEW YORK — New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is back.

Stanton will return to the lineup for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night after missing the previous three games due to a strained right quadriceps. He is serving as the designated hitter and batting cleanup.

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The 29-year-old had gone 2-for-4 with a homer in the Yankees’ 7-0 victory in Game 1. But the team has lost three in a row and finds itself on the brink of elimination against the Houston Astros.

In Games 2-4, the Yankees have gone 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position and stranded 29 runners on base.

Struggling DH Edwin Encarnación was benched in favor of Stanton. Encarnación has gone 1-for-15 in the ALCS with a double, three walks and eight strikeouts.

The Yankees will face Astros righty Justin Verlander in Game 5. New York will counter with lefty James Paxton.

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