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Jorge Posada out of Yankees’ lineup for third straight game

May 16, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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After all the drama over the weekend Jorge Posada is absent from the Yankees’ lineup for a third straight game tonight.

Alex Rodriguez is starting in his place at designated hitter, with Eduardo Nunez coming off the bench to play third base against Rays left-hander David Price.

However, there was a good chance Posada would have been benched versus Price anyway, as he’s just 1-for-18 lifetime off him and has zero hits in 24 at-bats against southpaws this season.

If Posada is out of the lineup tomorrow against right-hander James Shields then the story deserves to make headlines again, but for now this benching seems more strategic than punitive (although Derek Jeter may disagree).

  1. bobwsc - May 16, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    maybe Nunez should have been in at short.

  2. dodger88 - May 16, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    It would seem they will avoid having him play against lefties at all; should someone else get hot in those opportunities he may lose playing time permanently.

  3. riverace19 - May 16, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    What a big, 39 year old baby. If you are a DH and hitting .165 then you cease to be a DH and more like a designated out.
    Jason Varitek is hitting .164 but still manages to inspire the play of his teammates by being just that – a good teammate and a professional.
    Jorge can take some notes from the other Captain.

    • pisano - May 17, 2011 at 12:34 AM

      They’re both washed up and should both retire. Neither of them can throw out any runners, I don’t know how either of them can take up a roster spot. Supposedly if Posada didn’t show any signs of coming around by June 1st. the Yankees were going to release him, but that was before last weekends fiasco so who knows what will happen now. As far as Varitek, Francona is most likely saving his butt. Francona is very loyal to his players especially the ones who have been loyal to him.

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