Joe Girardi had said he would respect the integrity of the playoff process and send his regular lineup out against Rays ace David Price.
Girardi kept his word.
Left fielder Brett Gardner is the only regular who gets the night off; Andruw Jones will take his place.
Also worth noting:
• Rookie Dellin Betances will start on the mound;
• Alex Rodriguez origninally slated to bat fifth, with Robinson Cano batting cleanup, was a late scratch with a sore right knee.
• Rookie Jesus Montero, primarily a DH since his Sept. 1 callup, will be the catcher.
In case you've forgotten: If the Rays win tonight and the Red Sox lose to the Orioles, Tampa's in, Boston's out. If the Red Sox win and Tampa loses, it's the opposite. And if both either win or lose, there will be a one-game playoff Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
• Detek Jeter SS
• Curtis Granderson CF
• Mark Teixeira 1B
• Robinson Cano DH
• Nick Swisher RF
• Andruw Jones LF
• Jesus Montero C
• Eduardo Nuñez 2B
Brandon Laird 3B