ALDS Game 3 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Yankees-Tigers series:

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

SP CC Sabathia, LHP           SP Justin Verlander, RHP

This is the same pitching matchup as Game 1 (initially, at least), but the two managers have taken different approaches the second time around.

Joe Girardi went with an identical lineup versus Justin Verlander, which includes Jorge Posada over Jesus Montero at designated hitter.

Jim Leyland changed things up a bit compared to his Game 1 lineup versus CC Sabathia, swapping out Ryan Raburn for Ramon Santiago at second base, moving Magglio Ordonez from No. 2 to No. 6, and moving Alex Avila from No. 6 to No. 8. Santiago is 7-for-24 (.292) off Sabathia during his career, but a) his .625 OPS against the southpaw is nothing special, and b) apparently that track record didn’t mean as much heading into Game 1 in Leyland’s mind.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.