Yankees Lineup For Game 5 Includes No Surprises

Manager Joe Girardi of the Yankees has posted this lineup for Game 5 against the TigersDoug Fister:

1. Derek Jeter – R – SS
2. Curtis Granderson – L – CF
3. Robinson Cano – L – 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez – R – 3B
5. Mark Teixeira – S – 1B
6. Nick Swisher – S – RF
7. Jorge Posada – S – DH
8. Russell Martin – R – C
9. Brett Gardner – L – LF

Well. How utterly boring and predictable. It’s the same lineup the Yankees have used in the other four games of this series. Interestingly enough, this wasn’t a lineup used during the regular season — not once. Teixeira batted third 129 times this year; Cano hit in that spot in just seven games. Cano batted fifth 107 times, while Teixeira hit there just once — in game 161; Girardi had to mix and match due to various injuries.

He’s gotten them this far. Who’s to say this won’t work?

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