Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS this afternoon against C.J. Wilson:
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Marcus Thames, DH
6. Lance Berkman, 1B
7. Jorge Posada, C
8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Brett Gardner, LF
Mark Teixeira’s season-ending hamstring injury has forced the Yankees to alter their lineup against a left-handed starter for the first time this postseason. Berkman replaces Teixeira in the lineup and at first base, with Swisher remaining in right field after serving as the in-game replacement for Teixeira at first base last night. Cano moves into Teixeira’s spot in the batting order, hitting third in front of Rodriguez.
Berkman hit just .171 versus lefties this season and the Yankees rarely played him against lefties after acquiring him from the Astros, so his batting sixth against Wilson is odd. Austin Kearns has to be wondering why the Yankees even bothered to include him on the playoff roster.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.