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ALCS Game 4 lineups: A-Rod, Granderson (still) benched

Oct 18, 2012, 1:48 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

Both managers are sticking with the same lineups they chose last night before the game was postponed by rain, which means Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson are still on the bench against right-hander Max Scherzer. Nick Swisher goes from benched in Game 3 to batting second, Brett Gardner replaces Granderson in center field while dropping to the No. 8 spot, and Robinson Cano is hitting third despite being 3-for-36 (.083) in the playoffs.

Detroit is going with its standard lineup versus left-handed pitching, so Gerald Laird and Avisail Garcia get to face CC Sabathia in place of Alex Avila and Quintin Berry. Omar Infante is in the lineup despite injuring his thumb late in Game 3.

and the Tigers are going with their standard group versus left-handed pitching.

  1. sportsdrenched - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Is there an H Hour that a manager has to have the starting line-up posted? Some MLB Rule, or CBA negotiated deal?

  2. historiophiliac - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Ok, I know it’s Leyland’s default to go to Laird b/c Avila’s a lefty, but Laird isn’t getting great hits. If you’re going to get goose eggs at the plate anyway, you might as well benefit from Avila’s superior defense.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      What’s with the thumbs down? Laird was 1-4 in game 1 and gave up 2 stolen bases (and Leyland subbed Avila in at the end anyway). Avila only gave up 1 stolen base in the other 2 games — not to mention his superior work at the plate.

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