A-Rod out of Yankees lineup again for Game 4

Manager Joe Girardi, whose New York Yankees must win four straight games against the Detroit Tigers or go home for the winter, has submitted this lineup for Game 4, and you might see a couple of surprises:

1. Ichiro Suzuki*, LF
2. Nick Swisher#, RF
3. Robinson Cano#, 2B
4. Mark Teixeira#, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez*, DH
6. Eric Chavez*, 3B
7. Russell Martin, C
8. Brett Gardner*, CF
9. Eduardo Nunez, SS

It might not be a surprise for you to not see Alex Rodriguez in the lineup, given what's happened in this postseason, but this is the first game Curtis Granderson has not started. Granderson, like a lot of the Yankees, has had a miserable postseason, going 3-for-29 (a home run and two singles).

Detroit sends righthander Max Scherzer to the mound against this lineup to try to clinch the series for the Tigers. Scherzer faced the Yankees just once this season, April 29 at Yankee Stadium, and got hit pretty hard -- seven hits in 4⅔ innings, including a home run by Granderson. He also issued seven walks that afternoon, but overall members of the Yankees postseason roster are hitting .219 (25-for-114) against him. Scherzer threw 5⅓ innings against the Athletics in the Division Series, allowing one unearned run in Game 4; he was in line to win the game until Jose Valverde's ninth-inning implosion.

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