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Yankees ALCS Game 3 lineup options

Alex Rodriguez walks back to the dugout after

Alex Rodriguez walks back to the dugout after striking out in the second inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. (Oct. 14, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

We know how much Joe Girardi likes his binder and his match-up numbers. So with the Yankees just a few hours away from facing Justin Verlander in a crucial Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, here are the stats he'll have to struggle with when making out the lineup card:

Alex Rodriguez or Eric Chavez?

Chavez is 9-for-25 (.360) with a home run in his career against Verlander, and Rodriguez is a .267 hitter (8-for-30). But A-Rod also has three home runs. Though A-Rod hasn't hit in this series (1-for-7) or in this postseason, Chavez hasn't necessarily been tearing the cover off the ball either (0-for-3 in the ALCS). So do you go with history or power potential (emphasis on the potential)?

Nick Swisher or Brett Gardner?

Gardner lost most of the season to injury, however, he's 5-for-11 off Verlander in his career. The struggling Swisher is 11-for-61 with three home runs. Gardner doesn't have the reps, but Swisher doesn't appear to have the confidence right now.

Can I put a mustache and glasses on Ichiro and bat him several times in the order?

Ichiro Suzuki is 17-for-55 with a home run against Verlander in his career. Russell Martin, who batted fifth for Game 2, is a .357 hitter (5-for-15) against Verlander.

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