Updated 10/10/2012 06:20 PM
Yankees Host Game 3 Of ALDS
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The New York Yankees will hope to take the series lead Wednesday as they host Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Game time is at 7:30 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
The best-of-five series is currently tied after the Orioles won 3-2 Monday night.
Alex Rodriguez struck out to end that game.
While Bronx Bombers fans hope Rodriguez's bat will heat up, there are some calls to drop him from the number three spot in the lineup. But Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he will keep Rodriguez in that spot in the lineup.
"I trust our guys. I'm with them every day. I'm with their approach every day and it's important that they trust me. The other thing is, we played playoff baseball the whole month of September and the first three days of October and Alex hit third and we won a lot of games with a lineup that we kept consistent and guys knew where they were at every day and I think there's something to be said for that," Girardi said. "I think whenever you move a player, it has a chance not only to affect the player but it could affect the whole team too. There are different things that you have to worry about and sometimes, moving one player causes you to move two or three or maybe even four because our lineup is built around protecting our left-handed hitters from matchups and that's a concern too. I know people talk about 'well, why don't you just do this?' Well, it's not always so easy as just moving one guy when you change a lineup."
Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound Wednesday against Baltimore's Miguel Gonzalez.
It is Kuroda's first postseason appearance since 2009 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.