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Alex Rodriguez will return to the New York Yankees' lineup for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night.

Rodriguez, who was benched for Game 5 of the AL Division Series, will bat sixth and play third base against the Detroit Tigers.

"If we want to make some noise, we need this guy to be Alex," manager Girardi told reporters.

Girardi had benched Rodriguez for the deciding game against Baltimore after the third baseman had gone 2-for-16 with nine strikeouts in the series. He had been 0-for-11 against right-handers, and the Yankees faced right-hander Jason Hammel in Game 5. Eric Chavez played third base and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Yankees' 3-1 win.

Girardi has put Rodriguez back in even though the Tigers will start right-hander Doug Fister on Saturday. Rodriguez is 1-for-9 with three strikeouts and four walks in his career against Fister.

"This is a guy that we really need to get going," Girardi said of Rodriguez. "This is a guy that, 2009, you think about what he did throughout the playoffs, I just believe in my heart that he's ready to go. I believe he's going to contribute. We're going to put him back in there."

---Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez was arrested in September for domestic violence, CBS 58 in Milwaukee reported Saturday.

The alleged incident involved his girlfriend at his home on Sept. 17.

No charges were filed, but the Waukesha County district attorney told the television station that the case is still being reviewed.

Rodriguez was charged with third-degree assault for punching his father-in-law in the family lounge at Citi Field after a game in 2010 when he played for the New York Mets. After pleading guilty for his part in the incident, he was required to attend anger-management therapy for a year.

---New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will pitch Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, meaning he will pitch on three days' rest for the first time in his career.

Kuroda gave up two runs on five hits in 8 1/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday. He did not factor in the decision as the Yankees won 3-2 in 12 innings.

He went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in the regular season.

The Yankees also added relief pitcher Cody Eppley to the active roster for the ALCS and dropped infielder Eduardo Nunez, according to ESPN New York.

New York has 12 pitchers for the series. Eppley went 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 46 innings during the regular season.

Nunez was 1 for 5 in ALDS.

The Tigers made no changes to their 25-man roster for the best-of-seven series. They have 11 pitchers on their active roster.

---The San Francisco Giants announced Saturday that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series and Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 2.

Both games will be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco against the St. Louis Cardinals. Game 1 is Sunday at 8 p.m. ET and Game 2 is Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

The Cardinals' Lance Lynn will oppose Bumgarner in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.

Bumgarner lost Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in 4 1/3 innings.

Vogelsong held the Reds to one run on three hits in five innings in Game 3 of the NLDS but got a no-decision in the Giants' 2-1 win.

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