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ALDS Game 3 lineups

10/10/2012 4:04 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma
The lineups are in and Alex Rodriguez is still batting third for the Yankees. However, A-Rod will not be in the field for Game 3, he will be the DH. Eric Chavez gets the nod at third base and he will be batting ninth.

A-Rod is 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the series and there was a call to drop him in the order. Yankees manager Joe Girardi might be thinking that against the right handed Miguel Gonzalez that he breaks up the lefty-heavy Yankees lineup in the middle of the order.

Chavez is also in the lineup because of all the Yankees, he hits Gonzalez the best. He is 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs against the rookie. On the flip side of things, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira are a combined 0-for-21 against the youngster with 12 strikeouts. With that being the case, there isn't much of a point of moving guys that struggle against Gonzalez up in the order.

We'll see how this plays out this evening, but the Yankees will continue to go with Ichiro in the two hole, Swisher in the five and Teixeira in the sixth spot.

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YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez DH

Pitching: Hiroki Kuroda

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

Pitching: Miguel Gonzalez

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