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Yankees plug in Lance Berkman at 1B

10/20/2010

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira’s postseason is over due to a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring.

The rest of the Yankees will try to extend their postseason with Lance Berkman replacing Teixeira at first base. Manager Joe Girardi opted to play Berkman at first instead of Nick Swisher for defensive reasons, although they’re both a major downgrade from Teixeira. Swisher will play right field.

The Yankees’ Game 5 lineup:

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Marcus Thames

1B Lance Berkman

C Jorge Posada

CF Curtis Granderson

LF Brett Gardner