Joe Girardi goes down with his hand-picked nine

Joe Girardi goes down with his hand-picked nine
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Benched sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher never budged, and lefty Phil Coke was allowed to face three left-handers and switch-hitter Mark Teixeira in escaping the ninth inning of Detroit’s 2-1 win over the Yankees on Tuesday. Coke replaced Justin Verlander after the ace’s 132nd pitch retired Brett Gardner for the first out of the…