DETROIT (AP) – 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.

 (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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