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.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.