Friday's move wasn't a surprise. Manager Joe Girardi announced this week that Jose Molina would catch A.J. Burnett's first career postseason start. There remained a slight chance that Posada could be the designated hitter, but Girardi decided to stay with Hideki Matsui.
Posada had started every one of the Yankees' postseason games since Game 3 of the first round against the Angels in 2005.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also changed his lineup. Carlos Gomez got the start in center field, Denard Span moved to right and Jason Kubel switched from right to designated hitter. Brendan Harris was out of the Twins' lineup from the opener.