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YORK -- Without Derek Jeter to set the table for the Yankees' lineup, manager Joe Girardi boosted Ichiro Suzuki to the leadoff spot for Sunday's American League Championship Series Game 2 against the Tigers, while elevating Robinson Cano into the No. 2 spot.
"You've got to move somebody up, right?" Girardi said. "When you lose your No. 1 guy, everyone kind of has to move up a little bit, so that's kind of what we did."
Cano went 0-for-6 in New York's 6-4 Game 1 loss in 12 innings and is 2-for-28 with four RBIs in the postseason, though a call by first-base umpire Rob Drake took away what should have been a run-scoring infield hit in the second inning on Saturday.
Regardless, Girardi said that with Jeter out, the Yankees need Cano and Alex Rodriguez (2-for-19 with 10 strikeouts in the postseason) to step their games up if the Yankees are to advance to the World Series.
Speaking about Rodriguez in particular, Girardi said, "I think the great ones always want to rise to the occasion, and I think they want to show why they're considered the great ones."
Girardi's new-look lineup for Game 2 had Mark Teixeira, designated hitter Raul Ibanez and catcher Russell Martin in the heart of the order, with A-Rod batting sixth. The bottom three of the lineup was comprised of Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Jayson Nix, who will man shortstop duties as Jeter begins his recovery from a fractured left ankle he sustained in the 12th inning on Saturday.
"This is a great chance for a lot of people to show their mettle," Girardi said. "Those are the things you want. This is a challenge. It was a challenge with Derek, and now these guys get a chance to show how great they are."