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Yankees lineup: Derek Jeter at DH, Alex Rodriguez batting fifth, Raul Ibanez on bench

Oct 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

Alex Rodriguez is in the Yankees’ starting lineup tonight after being pinch-hit for last night, but manager Joe Girardi has decided to drop him from third to fifth.

Raul Ibanez, who came off the bench to pinch-hit for Rodriguez and became the hero with two homers, is back on the bench because the Orioles are starting a left-handed pitcher in Joe Saunders.

But wait, there’s more. Derek Jeter is starting at designated hitter after leaving last night’s game with a foot injury, which means Jayson Nix is the Yankees’ shortstop tonight and Rodriguez is back at third base after serving as the DH last night.

Here’s the full Yankees lineup for Game 4 of the ALDS:

1. Derek Jeter, DH
2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Mark Teixiera, 1B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Russell Martin, C
8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Jayson Nix, SS

  1. jayscarpa - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Cano won’t be seeing to much to hit tonight.

  2. jxegh - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    If Girardi doesn’t pull A-Rod out, they lose. Ibanez has just earned his spot in the lineup – put him in!

    • buffalochris - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Bench Granderson and get Gardner or Ibanez in the outfield!!!!

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    If they start Ibanez, how can he hit a game winning pinch hit homer? That’s what he does…

    Seriously, he hit .197 with a .492 OPS against lefties this season. It’s OK to bench Ibanez to start.

    • jxegh - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Is .197 with a .492 better that what A-Rod is doing in the playoffs? You really want to be trailing in the 9th? I say leave A-Rod on the bench and we’ll score more runs and have a better chance of winning.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        This guy’s career is the most compelling soap opera I’ve ever seen. Future generations will not understand it at all.

      • jxegh - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        He’ll be in the hall of fame with probably the most home runs. But he’s in a slump right now – play who gives you the best chance of winning.

      • TheBlindUmp - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        I thought the HOF was off limits for suspected or “known” PED users.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        That’s fine to bench ARod. But then you also pretty much have to bench Cano, Granderson, Swisher, Ichiro, Martin and Chavez. The O’s also have to bench Wieters, Jones, Reynolds, Thome and Davis. Both teams are going to have to reach into their duffel bag of spare all-star hitters and pull out some fresh ones, because these are all broken. All of these guys have all been about equally bad, but all everyone wants to talk about is ARod. Maybe with only three players on each team tonight a few hits will start finding grass.

  4. marinersnate - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Doesn’t Baltimore have a lineup as well? Or are the Yankees just playing with themselves again?

    • dondada10 - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      I needed a laugh.

  5. pisano - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Girardi knows what he’s doing, so far he’s made all the right moves, and remember he’s stuck with Arod for five more years, so that plays into the situation. It’s not like they can trade Arod, as a matter of fact I don’t think they could give him away with that contract.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      They don’t have to trade him. Just release him. He has always failed in clutch situations.

  6. jrocknstuff - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I fully understand sitting Ibanez against the lefty, and I know his season/career stats against southpaws, but let’s not forget the game winner last night came against Matusz. A soft throwing left hander fairly similar to Saunders

    • brian32556 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      I used to think that about Matusz too, but he’s shown some surprising strength recently. Of course, he’s never had to play on a stage of this magnitude before. I jokingly suggest Joe should bat Tex-ARod-Grandy 7-8-9 and and admit defeat for one inning while the other 6 have a chance to get something done!

  7. jayscarpa - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    I think Girardi would have started Ibanez if he didn’t have to DH Jeter. He has nice numbers against Saunders including only 2K in 24PA.
    He’ll probably hit for Jeter at some point.

  8. jrocknstuff - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    The blind ump is right. If you let Rodriguez in then you have to put Bonds, McGuire, Palmeiro, Sosa, Clemens, Ramirez and more in. No way you let A-Rod in unless you wanna break open the dam

  9. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Ibanez is super streaky. When he’s on he can hit lefties pretty good

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