October 7, 2020 | 3:32pm
Kyle Higashioka is more than Gerrit Cole’s personal playoff catcher now.
Higashioka will start in Gary Sanchez’s place for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rays on Wednesday night. Sanchez hit a crucial home run in the second game of the Yankees’ wild-card series win over the Indians, but aside from that is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in the postseason.
Higashioka, who will bat ninth, was 2-for-4 and hit a game-tying home run in Game 1 of the ALDS. He will catch Masahiro Tanaka with the series tied 1-1.
In another lineup change, Brett Gardner will start in left field over Clint Frazier.