Alex Rodriguez will bat third for the New York Yankees in today’s Major League Baseball playoff game against the Baltimore Orioles, after producing one hit in nine at-bats this postseason and striking out five times.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi yesterday didn’t rule out the possibility of moving Rodriguez down in the lineup. Rodriguez, however, remains in the No. 3 spot for Game 3 of the American League Division Series and is the Yankees’ designated hitter against the Orioles today. Eric Chavez will play third base and bat ninth at Yankee Stadium in New York.
The best-of-five series is tied at one game apiece.
Derek Jeter will lead off for the Yankees, followed by Ichiro Suzuki, Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher. Mark Teixeira is hitting sixth, while Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Chavez complete the lineup.
Rodriguez, 37, is 3-for-27 with 11 strikeouts over the past two postseasons. In the Yankees’ 3-2 loss in Game 2 two days ago, Rodriguez became the first major leaguer in postseason history with four career game-ending strikeouts.
A three-time AL Most Valuable Player whose 647 home runs rank fifth on the MLB career list, Rodriguez last hit a homer on Sept. 14 and has gone 19 games since his last postseason home run in 2009. He’s now batted third or fourth in the Yankees’ lineup in 121 of 122 starts this season.
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