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Yankees' Starting Lineup Released: A-Rod Benched

1- Derek Jeter, SS
2- Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3- Robinson Cano, 2B
4- Mark Teixeira, 1B
5- Raul Ibanez, DH
6- Nick Swisher, RF
7- Curtis Granderson, CF
8- Russell Martin, C
9- Eric Chavez, 3B

Woah. We will be hearing about the benching of Alex Rodriguez in this win-or-go-home game in the offseason, regardless of the outcome. Despite good numbers against Orioles starter Jason Hammel, A-Rod is benched against the righty in favor of the lefty Chavez. Meanwhile, Granderson is still in the lineup at seventh, Jeter is back at shortstop, and Ibanez will start.

The plot thickens.