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Pregame notes: “We’re a different lineup”10.08.12

There was a point in the season — it wasn’t so long ago, and it wasn’t limited to a game or two — when the Yankees looked awful against left-handed pitchers. Alex Rodriguez was hurt, then Mark Teixeira went down. Andruw Jones wasn’t hitting, and neither were the Steve Pearce and Casey McGehee fill-ins. Ichiro Suzuki hadn’t gotten hot yet, Robinson Cano’s splits were surprisingly bad, and the Yankees had learned to limit Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez’s at-bats to right-handers.

Tonight, they’re facing a lefty, and a guy with 43 home runs is batting eighth.

“Our lineup’s deep, and we got some guys back,” Girardi said. “Against the lefty, we put (Granderson) in the eighth slot. This is a guy who’s produced a lot of runs for us, and we feel we’re pretty deep. … I think Tex makes a big difference in that. Ichiro had a great month against lefties in September. Swish is starting to hit lefties again, and Alex has hit them all year for the most part. Jeet hits them. So I think we’re a different lineup. And Russell’s really swung the bat, and it helps.”

Three things that have made a significant difference against lefties:

1. Rodriguez and Teixeira have good numbers against lefties this season — yes, even Rodriguez — and when they were hurt, it made Cano’s vLHP struggles all the more noticeable. Getting those two healthy brings some middle-of-the-lineup punch back into the mix.

2. Ichiro came to the Yankees with horrible numbers against left-handers, but his down-the-stretch surge included significant improvement against lefties. He’s been wildly successful against them with the Yankees — .397/.406/.574 — which keeps Jones out of the lineup, and which lengthens the lineup. If Ichiro is good enough to bat second, Nick Swisher can stay in an RBI spot, and Martin can add on-base percentage and slugging percentage to the bottom third.

3. Second chances are good. Eduardo Nunez wasn’t playing much when he first got his September call-up, but as the Yankees slowly gave up on Jones, they opened some DH at-bats for a guy who can hit but can’t always field. Nunez can be a dynamic player, and his bat is especially interesting at the bottom of this order. There’s a reason he made the postseason roster, and it’s for games like this.

“He’s done a good job in these situations,” Girardi said. “He’s swung the bat pretty well against left handers for us lately, so that’s why we have him here.”

• Carp is going to host another in-game chat during tonight’s game. Just like last night, the chat will be posted just below the game post, so stop by and bug him a little bit during the game.

• The Yankees faced the Orioles 18 times this season. Andy Pettitte didn’t pitch in any of those games. “It is unusual when you face a team 18 times and your Game 2 starter hasn’t seen them all year,” Girardi said. Is that an advantage for Pettitte tonight? “I sure hope so,” Girardi said.

• Didn’t come up after last night’s game, and it probably goes without saying, but Ichiro was running on his own when he tried to steal third base in the first inning last night. “You’ve got to be safe, that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said. Did he talk to Ichiro about it? “He knows,” Girardi said. “I could see it when he came in. He understands the game. This guy has played the game a long time. I could see it in his face. I wasn’t going to put anything on top of that.”

• Why would such a veteran player make such an easily understood, well-known mistake? “If you can get there, go ahead,” Girardi said. “But sometimes players make reads that aren’t as good as others. It happens.”

• Girardi said he was planning to send CC Sabathia back to the mound in last night’s ninth inning even if the game were still tied. Not that it matters, just kind of interesting.

Random story from the New York Post, which is reporting that Maryland state troopers doing security during last night’s game actually asked Nick Swisher and Derek Jeter for autographs during last night’s ninth inning. “That I didn’t see,” Girardi said. “My focus is on the field. That shouldn’t happen.”

• Girardi said he hasn’t decided whether the Yankees will have a workout tomorrow. They might just take a full day off. If they do workout, it will likely be in the late afternoon.

ORIOLES
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Jim Thome DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Associated Press photo

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Yankee lineup: Jeter back at SS08.19.12

After two games at DH, Derek Jeter is back at short tonight. Here’s the lineup that will face Josh Beckett:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Casey McGhee DH

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Lineupwith 93 Comments →

Jones at DH, Ibanez in LF vs. Santana06.08.12

Someone raised this point last night: Why Raul Ibanez in left and Andruw Jones at DH? Good question, but that’s the alignment again tonight in the Subway Series opener against Johan Santana and the Mets.

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Jones DH
Ibanez LF
Martin C

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Lineupwith 298 Comments →

Teixeira to third vs. Price06.07.12

Mark Teixeria will bat third tonight against lefty David Price. The Yankees will be without Freddy Garcia, who is on the bereavement list after his grandfather passed away in Venezuela.

Ryota Igarashi will be added to the roster. He may (or may not) be here in time for first pitch.

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Jones DH
Nix LF
Stewart C

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A-Rod at DH as Yankees try for first06.06.12

Josh here. I’m in for Chad the next three nights.

Alex Rodriguez is at DH tonight. Other than that, it’s about the lineup you’d expect.

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Rodriguez DH
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Ibanez LF
Swisher RF
Chavez 3B
Martin C

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Yankee regulars back Pettitte05.13.12

Joe Girardi will send all of his regulars out in support of Andy Pettitte, who makes his first start since the 2010 ALDS vs. Texas.

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Ibanez LF
Chavez DH
Martin C

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Lineupwith 391 Comments →

Yankees take on King Felix05.11.12

Josh here in tonight for Chad.

Here are the Yankees who will take on Felix Hernandez in Friday night’s series opener:

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Ibanez LF
Chavez DH
Martin C

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Lineupwith 133 Comments →

Today’s lineup vs. Blue Jays09.03.11

No Jeter. A-Rod’s in:

Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Jesus Montero DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

Bartolo Colon P

Posted by: Rick Carpiniello - Posted in Lineupwith 77 Comments →

A-Rod the “wild card” (updated)09.03.11

Joe Girardi still hasn’t posted a lineup, but he said he’s waiting on Alex Rodriguez to hit and take ground balls and see if he’s ready to play. Girardi said he expects A-Rod to play third if he plays. Called him the “wild card” that will decide what the lineup looks like.

Girardi also said that Mark Teixeira will not be in the lineup and that Jesus Montero could make his Yankee Stadium debut.

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Girardi added that Nick Swisher will play first, that Francisco Cervelli will catch, that both Gardner and Granderson will play. Andruw Jones is in right.

And that he still has not made a decision on the five-man rotation, but that both Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett are preparing as if they will make the start Wednesday. “The decision doesn’t have to be permanent,” Girardi said. He also said “You have to look at it as how it effects the whole team” in regards to the part of the equation surrounding which starter would be better in the bullpen. “I want to think about it a little more,” Girardi said.

Posted by: Rick Carpiniello - Posted in Lineup, Miscwith 53 Comments →

Tex still a ?09.03.11

No lineups yet. Mark Teixeira just came through the clubhouse with his knee wrapped and said he has no news or update on his situation. Said it feels better as he headed into the trainer’s room. No idea if he will play, but it didn’t sound like it.

Posted by: Rick Carpiniello - Posted in Lineup, Miscwith 486 Comments →

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