A-Rod still bats 3rd for Yankees, shifted to DH

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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"I think whenever you move a player, it has a chance not only to affect the player, but it could affect the whole team, too," Girardi said. "There are different things that you have to worry about, and sometimes moving one player causes you to move two or three, or maybe even four, because our lineup is built around somewhat protecting our left-handed hitters from matchups. And that's a concern, too. So I know people talk about, 'Why don't you just do this?' It's not always so easy as just moving one guy when you change the lineup."

The rest of New York's batting order was unchanged against Gonzalez, with shortstop Derek Jeter leading off, following by left fielder Ichiro Suzuki, Rodriguez, second baseman Robinson Cano, right fielder Nick Swisher, first baseman Mark Teixeira, center fielder Curtis Granderson, catcher Russell Martin and Chavez. Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda was New York's starting pitcher.

NOTES: Girardi said Phil Hughes (16-13) will be his Game 4 starter win or lose Wednesday. Girardi said he didn't consider bringing back ace CC Sabathia on three days' rest. If he pitched Sabathia on short rest, Andy Pettitte would have been lined up to start Game 5 on short rest after throwing 98 pitches in Game 2, his high since coming back last month from a broken left ankle. Hughes hasn't made a postseason start since losing the sixth and final game of the 2010 AL championship series against Texas. "Obviously tomorrow is going to be a big game, either playing to stay alive or playing to move on," he said.



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