A-Rod, Curtis Granderson sit

Updated: October 18, 2012, 12:23 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson were not in the starting lineup for the New York Yankees before Game 4 of their AL Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers was postponed due to the threat of rain Wednesday night.

Game 4 is scheduled for Thursday at 4:07 p.m.

In again shaking up his lineup with his team trailing 3-0 in the best-of-seven ALCS, Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to return Nick Swisher to right field. Swisher was benched in the Yankees' Game 3 loss Tuesday night.

"It's not that I want to sit Alex Rodriguez," Girardi said before Game 4 was postponed. "But the struggles have continued, like for some other players as well, and I've sat some other players as well."

In place of Rodriguez, Girardi turned to Eric Chavez, who is 0 for 14 in the playoffs.

"I'm not happy about it. Obviously, you come to the ballpark feeling you can help the team win. When you see your name is not in the lineup, it's obviously disappointing," Rodriguez said. "You've got to accept being a cheerleader and also make sure that you're ready when your number's called.

"I really feel in my heart, anytime I'm in that lineup, the team is a better team, without a question."

Rodriguez is 3 for 23 in the postseason, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers.

"We will go forward. Alex will go forward," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

"That doesn't mean that he's done, that he's finished, that he is not capable. He is still a big threat, but for whatever reason right now, we are adjusting to what we are seeing."

Chavez is 2 for 2 against Max Scherzer, who was slated to start Game 4. Rodriguez is 1 for 12 against the right-hander.

In place of Granderson, Girardi put Brett Gardner in center and batted him eighth. Granderson has struck out in 15 of his 32 at-bats this postseason. He only has three hits.

Girardi had Swisher batting second Wednesday night. Eduardo Nunez started at shortstop. In Game 3, during the first postseason start of his career, Nunez hit a home run and played fine defense.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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