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ALDS Game 3 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

Oct 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York:

1. Nate McLouth, LF            1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. J.J. Hardy, SS              2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Chris Davis, RF             3. Alex Rodriguez, DH
4. Adam Jones, CF              4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Matt Wieters, C             5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Jim Thome, DH               6. Mark Teixeira, 1B
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B           7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Ryan Flaherty, 2B           8. Russell Martin, C
9. Manny Machado, 3B           9. Eric Chavez, 3B

SP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP        SP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP

Facing right-hander Hiroki Kuroda instead of left-hander Andy Pettitte, manager Buck Showalter flipped Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds in the 6-7 spots, dropped Manny Machado down one spot, and benched Robert Andino in favor of Ryan Flaherty at second base.

Joe Girardi is keeping Alex Rodriguez in the No. 3 spot despite fans calling for a demotion in the batting order, although he does have A-Rod at designated hitter instead of third base. Eric Chavez is playing third base and batting ninth, where Eduardo Nunez was used as the DH in Game 2. Raul Ibanez sits versus a right-hander, which is uncommon, and with a righty on the mound Girardi flipped Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin in the 7-8 spots.

  1. If the Shoe Fits - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Chavez is 3-6 with a HR against Gonzalez, so I’d bet that has something to do with it. Ibanez is 2-6, so not much difference there. My guess is this is Girardi’s way of dealing with the whole lineup nonsense.

  2. fellspointbird - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Whole lotta eyes on Chris Davis tonight

    • husky2score - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Maybe I’m being stupid or missing something, but why? He contributed last game without hitting a homerun? There’s a lot of eyes on every player on every team right now… This is the playoffs.

      • fellspointbird - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        Because he’s batting third, there is a short porch in RF, and of the O’s score some runs tonight, chances are he’ll be involved

  3. bigeditor1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Reblogged this on Ghanaian Truth.

  4. psuravens19 - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    You better have a live blog of the O’s/Yanks game…

  5. thatswhatsgooood - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Don’t quite understand this flip flopping right now at 2nd base with Andino and Flaherty at this point in the season. I’m assuming it has something to do with the match up with Kuroda but Andino just had a nice all around game with a big hit that sparked the offense and run scored as well as playing solid D. And he can hit right hand pitching too. He has anchored that 9 hole nicely thus far and brings swagger to this lineup. Guess I’m just gonna have to trust the AL MOY on this one. Let’s Go O’s.

  6. Innocent Bystander - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Apparently we’re not going to mention that Jeter pushed McLouth off of second. Imagine if this was ARod.

    • Kevin S. - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      We don’t generally mention things that don’t actually happen, no.

  7. jeffperk - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    except when they really happen which it did. Glad Flaherty is in the lineup!

    • Kevin S. - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      You really don’t understand momentum and leverage, do you?

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