With the Yankees’ season on the line, manager Aaron Boone shook up his lineup for Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the ALDS against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Boone benched Miguel Andujar and Andrew McCutchen against righthander Rick Porcello. Neil Walker will start at third base and Aaron Hicks returns to the lineup in center with Gardner sliding over to left.
“Just wanted to get some more lefty balance in the lineup against Porcello,” Boone said.
Porcello had no platoon split this season: lefthanded batters hit .241 against him this season while righties hit .240.
Boone also said he wanted Walker’s better glove at third base with CC Sabathia on the mound. Andujar has struggled mightily in the field this postseason and has been replaced for defense as early as possible in the Yankees’ two wins.
The Yankees trail two games to one in the best-of-five series and need to win to force a Game 5 at Fenway Park on Thursday.
Andujar is 2-for-10 in the postseason. McCutchen is 2-for-17. Gardner, who is batting ninth, is 0-for-7.
Hicks, who left Game 1 of the ALDS in the fourth inning with a hamstring injury and missed Games 2 and 3, is 2-for-5. Boone put Hicks in the leadoff spot.
The complete Yankees’ lineup: Hicks CF, Judge RF, Gregorius SS, Stanton DH, Voit 1B, Walker 3B, Sanchez C, Torres 2B, Gardner LF.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora sent out his usual righthanded lineup against Sabathia. That means lefthanded-hitting Brock Holt, who hit for the cycle in Monday’s 16-1 Red Sox victory, began the game on the bench, as expected.
The Red Sox order: Betts RF, Benintendi LF, Pearce 1B, Martinez DH, Bogaerts SS, Kinsler 2B, Nunez 3B, Bradley Jr. CF, Vazquez C.