No change in Girardi's lineup philosophy

No change in Girardi's lineup philosophy

No change in Girardi's lineup philosophy
DETROIT -- When Joe Girardi returned to his hotel room after Wednesday's rainout at Comerica Park, the Yankees' manager said he relaxed for a few minutes by watching an episode of "Pizza Wars" on the Travel Channel.

By morning, Girardi was sure of at least two things: He has an insatiable craving for deep-dish Chicago pie, and Alex Rodriguez was still not going to be in his starting lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

"It's not like anything's changed overnight," Girardi said. "You look at what you look at on a daily basis, and it's not like it's changed. When I made my decision, I felt like I made the best decision."


That means the Yankees will keep their lineup the same as originally posted, as they fight for their playoff lives against right-hander Max Scherzer and a Tigers club hoping to clinch the AL pennant. Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson remain on the bench for Game 4.

Rodriguez's struggles have been well examined by this point, as his persistent benchings have become a sideshow for the ALCS. Rodriguez is 3-for-23 in the playoffs and 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitching.

"I don't necessarily think it's bat speed," Girardi said. "I've seen him hit the ball in BP and I've seen him hit it a long ways, and you've got to have bat speed to do that. It's just, he's scuffling."

With the Yankees trailing, 2-1, Girardi declined to use Rodriguez as a pinch-hitter for Raul Ibanez in the ninth inning of Game 3, saying that he didn't want the Tigers to bring in right-hander Joaquin Benoit. Girardi said that he wouldn't rule out using Rodriguez as a pinch-hitter in other situations.

"I'll look for a spot," Girardi said. "If there's a spot that I believe he can really help us, I'm not going to hesitate."