ALCS Game 1 lineups: Yankees vs. Rangers

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS tonight:

   NEW YORK YANKEES                TEXAS RANGERS
1. Derek Jeter, SS              1. Elvis Andrus, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF             2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B            3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B           4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Robinson Cano, 2B            5. Nelson Cruz, LF
6. Marcus Thames, DH            6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. Jorge Posada, C              7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
8. Curtis Granderson, CF        8. Matt Treanor, C
9. Brett Gardner, LF            9. Jorge Cantu, 1B

That’s the same lineup the Yankees used against left-handed starters Francisco Liriano and Brian Duensing in their ALDS sweep of the Twins. Marcus Thames gets the nod over Lance Berkman at designated hitter, with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner both in the lineup against a lefty while Austin Kearns rides the bench.

Rangers manager Ron Washington is turning back to Jorge Cantu after he sat out Game 5 of the ALDS against left-hander David Price. Matt Treanor draws the start behind the plate over Bengie Molina because he’s essentially C.J. Wilson’s personal catcher.

Starling Marte carted off field after outfield collision

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Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Friday’s contest against the Giants. Marte was racing in to field a fly ball from Yangervis Solarte when he collided at full speed with shortstop Erik González. The two were knocked down by the impact and quickly attended to by the Pirates’ staff, who helped Marte sit up on a cart and removed him from the game.

The extent of either player’s injuries, if any, have yet to be revealed. Following the incident, both Marte and González were officially removed from the lineup, with JB Shuck shifting from left to center field, Jung Ho Kang moving over to shortstop, Colin Moran covering third base, and Jason Martin in the left field corner.

The Pirates currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the ninth.