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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lineups, matchups for Game 3 of ALCS

Game 3 (Tigers lead, 2-0)
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2012

Venue: Comerica Park
Time: 8:07 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio

Austin Jackson, CF
Quintin Berry, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, DH
Andy Dirks, RF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Alex Avila, C
Omar Infante, 2B

Starting pitcher: Justin Verlander, RHP

2012 postseason: 2 GS, 2-0, 0.56 ERA, 16.0 IP, 22K/5BB, 1 HR, 0.750 WHIP
Postseason career: 10 GS, 5-3, 4.19 ERA, 58.0 IP, 70K/25BB, 8 HR, 1.328 WHIP
2012 regular season: 33 GS, 17-8, 2.64 ERA, 238.1 IP, 6 CG, 239K/60BB, 1.057 WHIP
2012 regular season at Comerica: 15 GS, 9-2, 1.65 ERA, 114.2 IP, 0.942 WHIP

Tigers manager Jim Leyland on why he stuck with his normal lineup vs. a righty, rather than cater to Phil Hughes' reverse split:
"I do not (have changes). My lineup is the same. It's a little bit tricky because left-handers have only hit .211 off Phil Hughes as opposed to right-handers hitting .308. I think it depends on who the right-handers are that you would be putting in there, you know.
"We obviously would be putting a young guy like (Avisail) Garcia in there and Gerald Laird, and that's not being disrespectful, but those are not normal, everyday players.
"So I am staying with the same lineup I have been playing, and I most likely will throughout this entire playoff. We have been platooning (Quintin) Berry and Gardia and Laird and (Alex) Avila, and it most likely will stay that way throughout the playoffs."

Brett Gardner, LF
Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Raul Ibanez, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eric Chavez, 3B
Curtis Granderson, CF
Eduardo Nunez, SS

Starting pitcher: Phil Hughes, RHP

2012 postseason: 1 GS, ND, 1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP, 4H, 1 ER, 8 K, 3 BB
Postseason career: 17 G (4 GS), 2-3, 4.66 ERA, 36.2 IP, 1.445 WHIP
2012 regular season: 32 GS, 16-13, 4.23 ERA, 191.1 IP, 1.265 WHIP
Career vs. Tigers: 10 G (8 GS), 5-4, 4.22 ERA, 49.0 IP, 10 HR, 1.143 WHIP

Yankees manager Joe Girardi on sitting Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher:
"It's always a difficult decision when you have to do that. And we talked about the dimensions here (at Comerica Park), and we talked about fly ball pitcher today and we had some guys struggling, so we decided to make some changes.
"And you know, it's never easy. It's not, because these guys have done a lot during the course of teh season, but we did it. ...
"No one ever wants to sit out. They want to be there. But I told them they have to be ready, and they said 'We will be.'"


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