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New York Yankees: 5 Potential Batting Orders for the Bombers in 2013

Doug RushSenior Analyst IJanuary 18, 2013

New York Yankees: 5 Potential Batting Orders for the Bombers in 2013

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    Heading into the 2013 season, the New York Yankees lineup has quite a few holes in it.

    Yet, there's a good chance that the roster as is could be the one we see come April.

    Of course, the Yankees could make a few moves before or during spring training, but the team's moves have been so few and far between this winter, there's serious doubt if the Yankees will actually do anything else this winter.

    Which means the lineup for Joe Girardi is going to look a lot different from the one he put out a year ago.

    No more is Russell Martin, Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez. who all left via free agency.

    Lets take a look at the different lineups we may see during the year from the 2013 New York Yankees.

The Lineup for Opening Day

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    This will be the potential lineup without Alex Rodriguez in it that we may see on Opening Day:

    1. SS: Derek Jeter

    2. RF: Ichiro Suzuki

    3. 2B: Robinson Cano

    4. 1B: Mark Teixeira

    5. 3B: Kevin Youkilis

    6. CF: Curtis Granderson

    7. DH: Eduardo Nunez

    8. LF: Brett Gardner

    9. C: Francisco Cervelli

Double Leadoff Lineup

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    With this lineup, you have the double-leadoff hitters because of the 9-1 arrangement of the speed involved.

    1. RF: Ichiro Suzuki

    2. SS: Derek Jeter

    3. 2B: Robinson Cano

    4. 1B: Mark Teixeira

    5. 3B: Kevin Youkilis

    6. CF: Curtis Granderson

    7. DH: Eduardo Nunez

    8. C: Francisco Cervelli

    9. LF: Brett Gardner

Jeter at the DH

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    This lineup mixes and matches up a little differently, plus it switches Jeter and Nunez and sits Cervelli as the catcher

    1. DH: Derek Jeter

    2. CF: Curtis Granderson

    3. 1B: Mark Teixeira

    4. 2B: Robinson Cano

    5. 3B: Kevin Youkilis

    6. SS: Eduardo Nunez

    7. RF: Ichiro Suzuki

    8. LF: Brett Gardner

    9. C: Chris Stewart

When Alex Rodriguez Returns

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    Alex Rodriguez is due back around July from his hip surgery. This could be the lineup with him in it.

    1. SS: Derek Jeter

    2. RF: Ichiro Suzuki

    3. 2B: Robinson Cano

    4. 1B: Mark Teixeira

    5. DH: Alex Rodriguez

    6. 3B: Kevin Youkilis

    7. CF: Curtis Granderson

    8. LF: Brett Gardner

    9. C: Francisco Cervelli

A-Rod in the Field

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    This could be the lineup if the Yankees actually put A-Rod into the field with a few alterations

    1. SS: Derek Jeter

    2. CF: Curtis Granderson

    3. 2B: Robinson Cano

    4. 1B: Mark Teixeira

    5. 3B: Alex Rodriguez

    6. DH: Kevin Youkilis

    7. RF: Ichiro Suzuki

    8: LF: Brett Gardner

    9. C: Chris Stewart

Final Thoughts

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    A lot can still happen between now and Opening Day for the Yankees.

    Because for right now, Francisco Cervelli is penciled in as the starting catcher, Eduardo Nunez is penciled in as the starting designated hitter and Matt Diaz or Russ Canzler is the fourth outfielder.

    Doesn't exactly strike fear into the hearts of opponents, does it?

    I still think Brian Cashman is going to look around and attempt to improve the Yankee lineup because even he knows this lineup is not as good as it was a year ago.

    Sure, it has more speed and some defense surrounding it, but will it be able to score any runs?

    The Yankees struggled to score runs in the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, and now, that lineup is missing Russell Martin, Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez, plus three-four months of Alex Rodriguez.

    Fans keep waiting to see if Cashman will pull the trigger on a move, but it just hasn't happened yet.

    So for now, the lineups listed before are what to expect for the 2013 season.

    But honestly, how long does that last?

    Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.

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