10/19/09 2:15 PM ET
Posada returns to Yanks' ALCS lineup
Catcher back for Game 3 after Molina got Game 2 start
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
For Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Angel Stadium, Yankees manager Joe Girardi reverted back to the same lineup he has used in every game that A.J. Burnett has not started this postseason, and the one he used most often during the regular season.
Derek Jeter is leading off for the Yankees and playing shortstop on Monday, followed by left fielder Johnny Damon, first baseman Mark Teixeira, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and designated hitter Hideki Matsui. Catcher Jorge Posada is batting sixth, second baseman Robinson Cano is seventh and right fielder Nick Swisher and center fielder Melky Cabrera round out the lineup in the eighth and ninth spots.
The only times the Yankees altered that lineup all postseason have been in the two games Burnett has started, when Girardi opted to use Jose Molina at catcher.
Collectively, the Yankees have not fared well hitting off Angels starter Jered Weaver, combining for just a .215 career average against him. There are, however, some exceptions. Of Teixeira's six hits in 23 lifetime at-bats off Weaver, four have gone for extra bases -- two home runs, one triple and one double. Swisher also has homered twice off Weaver in 22 career at-bats.
Then there is Rodriguez. Easily the Yankees' most productive position player of the postseason, Rodriguez has homered four times off Weaver and singled once in 15 career at-bats.
There may just be something about the scenery, too. In six games at Angel Stadium this season, Rodriguez has homered five times -- including four separate games with homers. He is a .333 hitter here this season, which has actually reduced his lifetime Angel Stadium mark to .335.
"I wouldn't really look at the ballpark here in Anaheim as being a hitter's ballpark," Girardi said. "He has played a lot of games out here in the West. He's had unbelievable success and he's matched up well against the pitching staff that the Angels have had over the years. But that's always changing."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.