ALCS Game 3 lineups: No Alex Rodriguez, no Nick Swisher
The Tigers' lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS offers no surprises, but the Yankees' lineup is without two of the usual suspects.
|Comerica Park, hours before Game 3 of the ALCS.|
DETROIT -- In keeping with how the 2012 ALCS has unfolded to date, Tigers manager Jim Leyland wrote out a very familiar lineup, while his Yankees counterpart seems to be searching for something he's yet to find.
Your Game 3 lineups from Comerica Park ...
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Quentin Berry, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Andy Dirks, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Omar Infante, 2B
Justin Verlander, P
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Ichiro, Suzuki, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Raul Ibanez, DH
6. Russell Martin, C
7. Eric Chavez, 3B
8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Eduardo Nunez, SS
Phil Hughes, P
The other elephant in the tactical room is the Detroit closer situation. As detailed in this space, Jose Valverde struggling mightily this postseason, and that's put the pressure on Leyland to come up with alternative solutions. "I don't know how it's going to play out," said of the prospect of a Game-3 save situation. "I'm going to look at their lineup, see how it's going and go from there."
Although Leyland said Valverde is "part of the equation," the implication is that match-ups and platoon considerations will drive the decision. When you don't have a reliable, shutdown closer on the roster, that's the best approach.
Weather? Worth monitoring, as CBS Detroit forecasts temps in the low 50s by game time and a possibility of showers.
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