A-Rod back in Yankees lineup for Game 1

Burning question! Would Alex Rodriguez still be on the bench Saturday for Game 1 of the ALCS, as he was Friday for Game 5 of the division series?

Here's your answer, along with the rest of the Yankees lineup (* indicates lefthanded hitter, # indicates switch-hitter):

Derek Jeter, SS
Ichiro Suzuki*, LF
Robinson Cano*, 2B
Mark Teixeira#, 1B
Raul Ibanez*, DH
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Nick Swisher#, RF
Curtis Granderson*, CF
Russell Martin, C

This lineup will face Tigers righthander Doug Fister, who threw 6⅓ innings of two-run ball against the Yankees August 8 at Comerica Park. The Tigers eventually lost that game, but it wasn't Fister's fault. Among current Yankees, Swisher, Teixeira and Granderson have homered off Fister; overall, current Yankees are hitting .283 (28-for-99) against the Detroit hurler.

The Yankees will send lefthander Andy Pettitte to the mound for Game 1; Pettitte threw seven innings, allowing three runs, in Game 2 of the Division Series against Baltimore.

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