Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Rangers, set to begin shortly after 4 p.m. ET:
NEW YORK YANKEES TEXAS RANGERS
1. Derek Jeter, SS 1. Elvis Andrus, SS
2. Curtis Granderson, CF 2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Robinson Cano, 2B 5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Nick Swisher, RF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. Jorge Posada, C 7. David Murphy, LF
8. Lance Berkman, DH 8. Bengie Molina, C
9. Brett Gardner, LF 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B
This is the standard Yankees’ lineup against right-handed starters, as Lance Berkman steps as the designated hitter for Marcus Thames and Curtis Granderson moves from eighth to second in the order.
As for the Rangers, they have a whole new 7-8-9 this afternoon. David Murphy and Mitch Moreland are in there against right-hander Phil Hughes and Bengie Molina returns to the lineup after C.J. Wilson used his personal catcher Matt Treanor in Game 1.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.