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ALDS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

Sep 30, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight:

   DETROIT TIGERS                 NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Austin Jackson, CF          1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Magglio Ordonez, RF         2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Delmon Young, LF            3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B          4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Victor Martinez, DH         5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
6. Alex Avila, C               6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Ryan Raburn, 2B             7. Jorge Posada, DH
8. Jhonny Peralta, SS          8. Russell Martin, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B            9. Brett Gardner, LF

SP Justin Verlander, RHP       SP CC Sabathia, LHP

Pretty standard lineup against left-handed pitching for the Tigers, with Brandon Inge starting over Wilson Betemit at third base and Magglio Ordonez starting over Andy Dirks in right field. Ryan Raburn is at second base with Carlos Guillen injured. It’ll be interesting to see if sticking with Delmon Young in the third spot pays off for Jim Leyland, because in theory he wants as many runners on base as possible for cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera and Young has a .302 on-base percentage this year.

Joe Girardi announced earlier this week that Jorge Posada will be the Yankees’ designated hitter versus right-handed pitchers and the Tigers don’t have a left-handed starter going in the ALDS, so Jesus Montero will serve as a bench bat. Girardi is also sticking with his late-season batting order switch that moved Robinson Cano into the No. 3 spot and slid Mark Teixeira into the No. 5 spot. In all six of the Yankees’ nine hitters will bat from the left side versus Justin Verlander.

  1. yankeesgameday - Sep 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    CC is the key to everything once again. He had a very mortal August and September. If he gives up 4 runs I. five innings tonight I worry the Yanks lose tonight.

    I like this lineup for NY. Gardner has never taken over the layoff spot the way he should have so as long as he doesn’t strike out looking too much tonight the 9 spot is perfect for him.

    I’m on the fence about Posada, but I LOVE Cano batting 3rd and Tex protecting Arod.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Sep 30, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Thank god he finally took Tex out of the 3 spot- he was awful there. I still don’t understand the Posada move. I really don’t.

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