ALDS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight:

   DETROIT TIGERS                 NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Austin Jackson, CF          1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Magglio Ordonez, RF         2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Delmon Young, LF            3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B          4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Victor Martinez, DH         5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
6. Alex Avila, C               6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Ryan Raburn, 2B             7. Jorge Posada, DH
8. Jhonny Peralta, SS          8. Russell Martin, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B            9. Brett Gardner, LF

SP Justin Verlander, RHP       SP CC Sabathia, LHP

Pretty standard lineup against left-handed pitching for the Tigers, with Brandon Inge starting over Wilson Betemit at third base and Magglio Ordonez starting over Andy Dirks in right field. Ryan Raburn is at second base with Carlos Guillen injured. It’ll be interesting to see if sticking with Delmon Young in the third spot pays off for Jim Leyland, because in theory he wants as many runners on base as possible for cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera and Young has a .302 on-base percentage this year.

Joe Girardi announced earlier this week that Jorge Posada will be the Yankees’ designated hitter versus right-handed pitchers and the Tigers don’t have a left-handed starter going in the ALDS, so Jesus Montero will serve as a bench bat. Girardi is also sticking with his late-season batting order switch that moved Robinson Cano into the No. 3 spot and slid Mark Teixeira into the No. 5 spot. In all six of the Yankees’ nine hitters will bat from the left side versus Justin Verlander.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.