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Headley has a .278 career average with six RBIs against Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer going into Game 1 Thursday night.
"We look at at-bats against the starting pitcher, and his at-bats have been a little bit better than Jacoby's," Girardi said. "That's why we went in this direction."
Girardi said the DH role could change on a game-to-game basis. Ellsbury was the team's DH in the wild-card win on Tuesday over the Minnesota Twins.
Francona wanted to get Chisenhall in the lineup because he won't play Friday when the Yankees start left-hander CC Sabathia.
"I know Austin is going to play tomorrow," Francona said. "This way, we need to get Lonnie kind of involved in this series. If CC wasn't pitching tomorrow, I probably would have played Austin."
Updated October 5, 2017