ALCS Game 3: Yankees at Tigers
The Yankees have a new-look lineup for tonight’s Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, with Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher planted on the bench.
Brett Gardner will get his first start since April 17, leading off and playing left field, while the Yankees hope that Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki can chase down any deep fly balls that the Tigers connect for facing Phil Hughes. Eduardo Nunez also replaces Jayson Nix at shortstop as the Yankees hope for some speed to rattle Justin Verlander.
Is this an ideal situation? No, but the Yankees are in a desperate situation, and both manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman figure they’d might as well try something different to shake things up.
“With all due respect, he can’t really give us any less than what we’ve gotten,” Cashman said of Gardner. “So why not? We’ll try it.”
Here are the lineups:
2012 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – GAME 3
NEW YORK YANKEES (0-2 / 95-67) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (2-0 / 88-74)
RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 1.35) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (2-0, 0.56)
Tuesday, October 16 • 8:07 p.m. et • TBS • Comerica Park
Brett Gardner lf
Ichiro Suzuki rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Robinson Cano 2b
Raul Ibanez dh
Russell Martin c
Eric Chavez 3b
Curtis Granderson cf
Eduardo Nunez ss
Phil Hughes rhp
Austin Jackson cf
Quintin Berry lf
Miguel Cabrera 3b
Prince Fielder 1b
Delmon Young dh
Andy Dirks rf
Jhonny Peralta ss
Alex Avila c
Omar Infante 2b
Justin Verlander rhp
Information from the Yankees media relations department:
TWO DOWN: The Yankees have lost the first two games of an ALCS series for just the second time (also 1980 when they were swept by Kansas City in the series under a three-game format)…marks the ninth time the Yankees have started a best-of-seven series 0-2 – all coming in the World Series (1922 vs. New York Giants, ‘56 vs. Brooklyn, ‘58 vs. Milwaukee, ‘63 vs. Los Angeles, ‘76 vs. Cincinnati, ‘78 vs. Los Angeles, ‘96 vs. Atlanta and 2001 vs. Arizona)…came back to win the series four times in those previous situations (‘56, ‘58, ‘78 and ‘96)…were swept in ‘22, ‘63 and ‘76 and lost in seven games in ‘01.
ð Marks the third time the Yankees have begun a best-of-seven series with both losses coming as the home team (also ‘63 when they were swept by the Dodgers and ‘96 when they won four straight vs. Atlanta (beating Glavine, Avery, Smoltz and Maddux).
START US UP: Yankees starters have combined to go 2-2 with a 2.33 ERA (54.0IP, 14ER) in the 2012 postseason, with 48K and a .201 opponents average (40-for-199)… have tossed at least 6.0IP with 3ER or less in all seven starts, matching their World Championship season of 2009 for the best such stretch to start a postseason in franchise history.