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ALCS Game 4: Yankees at Tigers

The Yankees and Tigers are fielding the same lineups as they did for last night’s rainout, with first pitch at Comerica Park scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET. Here are the batting orders for each club:

2012 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – GAME 4
NEW YORK YANKEES (0-3 / 95-67) at DETROIT TIGERS (3-0 / 88-74)
LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.53) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00)
Thursday, October 18 • 4:07 p.m. et • TBS • Comerica Park

YANKEES
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS

CC Sabathia LHP

TIGERS
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Gerald Laird C

Max Scherzer RHP

LIFE’S A PITCH: Yankees pitchers have compiled a 2.25 team ERA this postseason (80.0IP, 20ER), their lowest mark since 1961 (1.60)…the Yankees have won the World Series in each of the previous 13 postseasons they recorded a ERA under 2.50.
ð Have held opponents to 3R or less in seven of eight games thus far in the postseason, including five games of 2R or fewer.

LEADING OFF: The Yankees have employed three different leadoff hitters in the first three games of this series (Jeter, Ichiro and Gardner)… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, marks the first time the Yankees used a different leadoff hitter in three consecutive postseason games since the 2000 World Series Game 2-4: Chuck Knoblauch, Jose Vizcaino and Derek Jeter.

CC SABATHIA: Is undefeated in his six road postseason starts as a Yankee (since 2009), going 3-0 with a 4.19 ERA (38.2IP, 18ER)…Is undefeated over his last eight postseason starts, going 4-0 with a 3.97 ERA (47.2IP, 21ER)… has allowed 3ER or less in all but two of those outings.

Marlins president: No trade talks for A-Rod

Miami Marlins president David Samson said nothing is in the works regarding a possible trade with the Yankees for Alex Rodriguez.

“There have been no conversations between the Yankees and the Marlins,” Samson told MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro at a team community event in Miami.

Samson’s comment echoes what Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday.

Asked how such a rumor would start, Samson replied: “We’re Miami.”

ALCS Game 4: Yankees at Tigers (rained out)

As the Yankees fight to extend their season for another day, they’ll do it without Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson in the lineup.

The start of ALCS Game 4 is being delayed due to inclement weather in the area, and the forecast isn’t particularly kind until after midnight, according to what I punched up from the Weather Channel. After what happened in last year’s AL Division Series right here, with CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander getting knocked out early in Game 1, Major League Baseball has been sensitive to starting games with threats in the area.

So, we’ll wait… Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS

CC Sabathia LHP

TIGERS
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Gerald Laird C

Max Scherzer RHP

Cashman denies Yankees talking A-Rod trade with Marlins

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has denied a published report that suggested the Yankees have held discussions with the Miami Marlins about a potential Alex Rodriguez trade, telling MLB.com that it is “not true.”

Citing sources close to both organizations, Keith Olbermann reported that the Yankees are willing to pay virtually all of the $114 million owed to Rodriguez through the 2017 season. Olbermann also reported that they would consider picking up less of the salary if the Yankees were able to acquire reliever Heath Bell in a potential deal.

It has been a rough postseason for Rodriguez, who has been benched twice by manager Joe Girardi — including in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series — and is 3-for-23 in the playoffs, going 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitching.

Rodriguez, of course, has a full no-trade clause built into the contract he signed with the Yankees after the 2007 season. He grew up in the Miami area and continues to make his offseason home there.

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

YANKEES
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

TIGERS
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.

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