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The New York Yankees are back in the postseason, and Luis Severino is willing to start the AL wild-card game.

While the chances of that happening are slim, the 21-year-old rookie can make sure that game is played in the Bronx.

Severino will try to help the Yankees clinch home-field advantage for the winner-take-all matchup Friday night when he takes the mound against the Baltimore Orioles to open this season-ending three-game set.

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New York (87-72) ended a two-year playoff absence by beating Boston 4-1 on Thursday to avoid being swept in the four-game home set.

"You're in the dance, anything can happen. I think any team that gets in is capable of winning a championship," third baseman Alex Rodriguez told MLB's official website. "The one thing about baseball is you play for eight months and there is no lucky breaks.

"You've got to prove that you've got be a postseason team. So, the fact that we have a good brotherhood, that we play together as a team, I like our chances."

The Yankees also like their chances of having Masahiro Tanaka start Tuesday's wild-card game against Houston, Los Angeles or Minnesota. The right-hander has been bothered by a hamstring injury that forced him to go 12 days between starts, allowing four runs in five innings of a 9-5 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Severino (5-3, 2.77 ERA), however, made himself available if needed.

"I'd be happy to," Severino said. "I wouldn't be (overwhelmed). I'd be happy to (start) over there."

While that's unlikely, the right-hander has a chance to help make sure New York hosts the game, which would be accomplished with one more win.

Severino certainly seems capable of that heading into his first meeting with Baltimore (78-81). He's allowed two runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts, going 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA over his last three.

He tossed six scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

"He can pitch," catcher Brian McCann said. "Everyone around here already knew that. He's very impressive. He's a professional. He works hard. He does a lot of things right. He's lights-out."

New York will need that since it has a 5.60 ERA while losing 10 of its last 13 games at Camden Yards.

Manny Machado has played a part in that, hitting .386 with seven RBIs and 12 runs during a 12-game home hitting streak against the Yankees. The third baseman enters this series after homering on three of his four hits with four RBIs while Baltimore won back-to-back games over division champion Toronto, including Thursday's 6-4 victory.

Machado's 33 homers and 20 stolen bases make him the second Orioles to reach 30 and 20 in a single season, joining Bradley Anderson (1996).

"Manny, it's amazing to have ... It reminds me what it's like to be 23. Your legs actually feel that good after 158 games," manager Buck Showalter said.

Showalter hands the ball to Wei-Yin Chen (10-8, 3.35). The left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA in three starts after giving up five runs and nine hits - two homers - in five innings while not figuring in the decision of an 8-6 loss to the Yankees on Sept. 7.

Chen is 1-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five career home starts against New York.