ALCS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees, in New York:

   DETROIT TIGERS              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Austin Jackson, CF             1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Omar Infante, 2B                2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B              3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B              4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH             5. Raul Ibanez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS             6. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
7. Andy Dirks, LF              7. Nick Swisher, RF
8. Avisail Garcia, RF               8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Gerald Laird, C               9. Russell Martin, C

SP Doug Fister, RHP             SP Andy Pettitte, LHP

Jim Leyland has seven right-handed batters in his lineup against southpaw Andy Pettitte. Avisail Garcia is playing right field over Quintin Berry while Gerald Laird will start behind the plate rather than Alex Avila. While this is Leyland’s standard lineup against southpaws, the Tigers had a pretty tough time getting anything going against Tommy Milone and Brett Anderson during the ALDS. They’ll hope for more production this time.

As we mentioned earlier, Alex Rodriguez is back in the starting lineup tonight after he was benched for the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS against the Orioles yesterday. However, he’ll slide down to the sixth spot. He batted third in the first three games of the ALDS and fifth in Game 4. Raul Ibanez remains in the DH spot with the right-hander Doug Fister on the hill for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin all move down a spot in the order.

First pitch is slated for 8:07 p.m. ET. Feel free to discuss the game in the comments section.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.