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A-Rod, Nick Swisher benched

Updated: October 17, 2012, 9:59 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

DETROIT -- Entering Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to totally shake up his lineup by benching Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.

The game ended with Swisher in the on-deck circle, as a potential pinch-hitter for Russell Martin. Rodriguez never left the dugout.

To start, Girardi inserted Brett Gardner in left field and at the leadoff spot. Eduardo Nunez began at shortstop ...

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