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Alex Rodriguez back in lineup for Game 1 of ALCS, but bumped to sixth

Oct 13, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

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After he was benched in favor of Eric Chavez for the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS against the Orioles yesterday, Alex Rodriguez is back in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS tonight against Doug Fister and the Tigers.

Rodriguez will play third base and bat sixth in his return. It certainly makes sense to put A-Rod back out there tonight, as the Yankees’ backs aren’t up against the wall anymore. Chavez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts yesterday, so it’s not like he made a very compelling argument to stick in the lineup tonight. Still, the Tigers will exclusively use right-handers in their rotation, so if A-Rod continues to struggle, he may find himself on the bench again at some point during the series.

Here’s the full Yankees’ lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS:

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

  1. alexo0 - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    In other news, the other overhyped Rodriguez was arrested last month:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8497593/francisco-rodriguez-milwaukee-brewers-was-arrested-domestic-violence

  2. buffalo65 - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    A lot of pressure on these teams. Last chance to win before the Blue Jay dynasty kicks in.

  3. ermur22 - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Haaaaa haaaaaa….Blue Jays dynasty he said…..Haaaaaa. In your wildest dreams buddy

  4. pjmarn6 - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Its a positive for me when every time Rodriguez gets up with men on base and less than two outs he doesn’t hit into a double play.

  5. ericellers - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    @ pjmarn6. I feel that same way,and that’s truly sad for us.

  6. barackfan - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    How come all the empty seats?

  7. astrofaninkc - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to put Ibanez between Swisher and A-Rod to break up the worst offensive tandem in the playoffs?

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 14, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      It would make more sense to bench Rodriguez. I am watching the game and he struck the two times he has been up. Now I doubt the Yanks will get to the world series, however if they do, they better not let Rodriquez on the 25 man World Series squad.
      Its a shame to get so far and have Jeter hurt and see Hemorrhoid Rodriguez in the starting lineup.

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