Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers, in Detroit:
NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS
1. Brett Gardner, LF 1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ichiro Suzuki, RF 2. Quintin Berry, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez, DH 5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Russell Martin, C 6. Andy Dirks, RF
7. Eric Chavez, 3B 7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Curtis Granderson, CF 8. Alex Avila, C
9. Eduardo Nunez, SS 9. Omar Infante, 2B
SP Phil Hughes, SP SP Justin Verlander, RH
Joe Girardi has shaken up the Yankees’ lineup yet again. Alex Rodriguez is benched in favor of Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez takes over for Jayson Nix as Derek Jeter’s replacement, and Brett Gardner draws the leadoff assignment while pushing Nick Swisher to the bench. Robinson Cano, despite his struggles, is hitting cleanup. That’s a helluva group to trot out versus Justin Verlander, although it’s not like Girardi has a ton of appealing options right now.
Jim Leyland is sticking with his standard lineup against right-handers after Detroit scored three runs off Hiroki Kuroda in Game 2.
The first pitch is scheduled for 8:00 ET, so feel free to hang out in the comments section.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz hasn’t pitched in a week due to soreness in his left forearm. He threw a bullpen on Thursday afternoon and said, “I definitely feel like I can maybe help (as a reliever in the playoffs,” as ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.
The Red Sox clinched the AL East on Wednesday, so they don’t need to rush Pomeranz along. And using him out of the bullpen might ultimately be best as he regressed quite a bit after coming to Boston from San Diego in July. In 13 starts with the Red Sox, Pomeranz has a 4.68 ERA with a 69/24 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz have been throwing the ball quite well as of late. Paired with Rick Porcello and David Price, the Red Sox still have the depth to be menacing in the postseason.