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ALCS Game 4 lineups: A-Rod, Granderson benched

Oct 17, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers, in Detroit:

   NEW YORK YANKEES               DETROIT TIGERS
1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF           1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Nick Swisher, RF            2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Robinson Cano, 2B           3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B           4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez, DH             5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Eric Chavez, 3B             6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Russell Martin, C           7. Andy Dirks, LF
8. Brett Gardner, CF           8. Avisail Garcia, RF
9. Eduardo Nunez, SS           9. Gerald Laird, C

SP CC Sabathia, LH             SP Max Scherzer, RH

Another day, another set of changes to the Yankees’ lineup as Joe Girardi has decided to have Curtis Granderson join Alex Rodriguez on the bench against right-hander Max Scherzer. Brett Gardner replaces Granderson in center field, but will bat eighth tonight instead of leading off like he did last night. Nick Swisher is back in the lineup after being benched for Game 3 and Girardi has flipped Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira in the 3-4 spots.

Omar Infante is healthy enough to play after injuring his thumb late in Game 3, which means Jim Leyland can go with his standard lineup versus left-handers that includes Gerald Laird in for Alex Avila behind the plate and Avisail Garcia subbed for Quintin Berry in the outfield.

  1. largebill - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Unless A-Rod has an injury they are not disclosing this is senseless. Girardi should face serious scrutiny after this series. Some questionable decision making.

  2. mike5606 - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    This is ridiculous….. I have lost all respect for Girardi, not only is he trying to prove a point with this, he’s giving up

    • badintent - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      Nah, the real definition of quitting is Dave Ortiz this season with his”I’m not gonna play no more dis year, I need more money next year.” Minor injury , major loser for a guy that doesn’t even play in the field. Pathetic. he made Manny look like a gamer.Neither one could hold Jeters’ jock for playing with pain at a high level and never complaining about it.

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    This postseason has become a complete nightmare in three games.

  4. yankeesgameday - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I’m sorry but this isn’t a get away day game in Kansas City in the middle June. You have to go down with you big guns even if they’re firing blanks. That’s close to 100 HRs the last 2 years in Granderson and the man who has more HRs than anyone still playing baseball on the planet not playing tonight.

    Granderson might get a hold of one, Gardner will NOT.

    Oh well at least my misery will be over soon enough.

    • captn58crunch - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Yes, you have to go with the players that brought you here. Questionable moves.

    • surefooted1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      But Granderson probably won’t get a hold of one, strike out 3 times and fly out the other on 12 pitches.

      On the flip side, while Gardner may or may not get a hit, he can lay down a bunt if needed, he may go 0-4 but will take 25-30 pitches, and plays better CF defense than Granderson.

  5. moe0594 - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Nick likes batting 2nd, let’s see if his bat wakes up, if not, that will be the end of his Yankee career.

  6. lew24 - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Why not bench Cano? He is in an epic slump!

  7. dsticks11 - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Come on guys, cut him some slack, Chavez is tearing the cover off the ball.

    GO TIGERS!!!

  8. theawesomersfranchise - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    2 week ago Yankees
    2 weeks later Yankess

    What a difference

    • yankeesgameday - Oct 17, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      I see what you were trying to do there. I see it, but… Oy my head hurts.

      • richwizl - Oct 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        Yes, I believe he meant “Yank-ers”; very clever.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Thanks to the Yard Birds for the help.

    • ptfu - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      More like “Yanke”, now that they lost their SS.

  9. schlom - Oct 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Anytime you have the chance to put in a guy with one hit since April 17th you have to do it.

  10. kungfubowler - Oct 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I don’t blame Girardi for the A Rod benching, although I think it is a little late and there’s no redemption shot if he’s sitting still. However, A Rod hasn’t ever been a great post season player for the Yanks so why all the guff, was it your girls he was flirting with??? I kid, I kid.

  11. jason9696 - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Get your brooms out Tiger fans.

  12. j0esixpack - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Geeze – the Yankees must have more salary on their bench than most teams do on the field.

    Thank goodness he’s only got 5 years at $25 million a season remaining on his contract.

    Yankees fans can also take solace from their first hand knowledge that it IS possible for a team to completely break down and choke in humiliating fashion after being up 3-0 in the ALCS.

    • badintent - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      At least they didn’t choke all their chickens( wings) like the Red Sox did last year. I rather choke in the playoffs than the regular season, at least you can fly another pennant flag in your digs.My six pack is on my stomach , not in the fridge like yours.

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