Game 160: Yankees @ Red Sox

Pre-game Clubhouse Chatter: New-look Yankee lineup tonight, with Curtis Granderson back in the two-hole, Nick Swisher hitting sixth and Lance Berkman batting eighth. "This gives us a chance to split up the lefties at the bottom of our lineup,'' Joe Girardi said. "It gives us another switch-hitter (Swisher) behind Robbie Cano. It just makes it more difficult to navigate our lineup.'' . . . Girardi said he believed the Red Sox would go all out to win these games ("It's just the right thing to do'') but tonight, no Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre or Marco Scutaro. Instead, Jason Varitek starts at catcher for just the 27th time this season, Yamaico Navarro starts at third for just the second time all year, and second baseman Felipe Lopez starts just his second game of the season . . . The Yankees have scrapped tentative plans for CC Sabathia to throw an inning out of the bullpen to prepare for his Game 1 playoff start on Wednesday. Instead, Sabathia was slated to throw a bullpen session before tonights game and another on Sunday . . . Girardi still refuses to announce a starter for Sunday's game but hinted it could be a combination of Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova, especially if the Yankees need to win to clinch the AL East championship. "It could be we'll use a lot of guys,'' Girardi said. "Maybe a guy starts for a couple of innings and we go to the bullpen right away. There's a lot of different things we can do.'' He did rule out three pitchers, for obvious reasons: Sabathia, Pettitte and Burnett. And Javier Vazquez: "I think it would be too soon for Javy to come back,'' Girardi said, in case you were wondering why . . . Comic moment in the clubhouse: A group of players, including Sabathia and Jorge Posada, were watching a TV sports-talk personality pontificate about how bad the Yankee pitching rotation looked heading into the playoffs. Alex Rodriguez asked for the remote control and immediately changed the channel. To "Judge Judy.''

Here are tonight's lineups:


Jeter ss

Granderson cf

Teixeira 1b

Rodriguez 3b

Cano 2b

Swisher rf

Posada c

Berkman dh

Gardner lf

Pettitte lhp

Red Sox

McDonald cf

Drew rf

Ortiz dh

Lowell 1b

Lowrie ss

Varitex c

Hall lf

Lopez 2b

Navarro 3b

Matsuzaka rhp