Alex Rodriguez back in the Yankees lineup, will bat 6th

Sunday October 14th, 2012

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gets another chance to produce as he is back in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will return to the starting lineup and bat sixth in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, according to the New York Times.

Rodriguez was benched by manager Joe Girardi for Game 5 of the Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles in favor of Eric Chavez. The Yankees won the game 3-1 to advance to the ALCS.

Rodriguez was 2 for 16 (.125) with no RBIs in the division series, going hitless in 12 at-bats against right-handed pitchers with nine strikeouts. The Tigers are starting right-hander Doug Fister in Game 1.

Rodriguez is 10 for 66 (.152) with no homers and six RBIs in postseason play since 2009 and hasn't hit a home run in 84 at-bats since Sept. 14.

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