A-Rod, Swisher Benched by Yankees

It's the second time A-Rod has been benched this postseason

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012  |  Updated 6:07 PM EDT
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A-Rod, Swisher Benched by Yankees

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Nick Swisher reaches on an infield single in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Two of the American League Championship Series.

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Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher have been benched by the New York Yankees for Game 3 of the AL championship series at Detroit on Tuesday night.

It's the second time A-Rod has been benched this postseason. He's 3 for 26 in the playoffs so far, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers. Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander takes the mound Tuesday against New York, trying to help the Tigers to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Swisher has struggled about as much as Rodriguez, going 4 for 26 this postseason.

Eric Chavez starts at third base in place of Rodriguez. Brett Gardner is leading off and playing left field, making his first start since April 17.

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