The fact that Elvis Andrus is hitting second Thursday in the series finale against New York has more significance than when he did it Wednesday. That was against a left-hander, which manager Ron Washington said was going to be Andrus' spot against port-siders. But his start in the No. 2 hole Thursday is against Hiroki Kuroda, a right-hander. Washington had said that he wasn't going to use Andrus against righties in the No. 2 hole until he felt the shortstop had found a comfort level.
Yankees lineup vs. LHP Derek Holland: Ichiro Suzuki, rf; Brent Lillibridge, 3b; Robinson Cano, dh; Vernon Wells, lf; Eduardo Nunez, ss; David Adams, 2b; Lyle Overbay, 1b; Melky Mesa, cf; Austin Romine, c.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, dh; Nelson Cruz, rf; Adrian Beltre, 3b; A.J. Pierzynski, c; Mitch Moreland, 1b; Jurickson Profar, ss; David Murphy, lf; Leonys Martin, cf.
-- Jeff Wilson