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Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon

Sep 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

While Mark Teixeira will miss his second straight game with a right knee contusion, Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays. He’ll play third base and bat third against left-hander Ricky Romero.

Rodriguez missed the previous six games due to a sprained left thumb. He received a cortisone shot earlier this week and felt good during batting practice yesterday, but told Ian Begley of ESPN New York that he will likely have to play with pain in the thumb “for the rest of the season.” With that in mind, he plans to use extra padding for his thumb to help compensate for the pain associated with swinging a bat.

Rodriguez, 36, is batting .289/.361/.478 with 14 home runs, 53 RBI and an .839 OPS over 363 plate appearances this season.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    YAY! Batting third?

    • bigharold - Sep 3, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      What no “Leave A-Rod Alone”?

    • cur68 - Sep 3, 2011 at 12:58 PM

      Len I have no idea how these guys will get a win, the way they do things, but I feel they’ll do it again. With that HR & OPS total ARod should be directly IN FRONT of Granderson, not behind him. Or, if not in front, WAY behind him. How do these guys keep doing it, managing a lineup like this? It must give Tony La Russa the sh!ts to see this sort of thing winning in the AL BEast while he micromanages his way to the end of September then picks up his golf clubs.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        Please don’t ask, you’re way above your security clearance as it is.

      • bigharold - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        “… you’re way above your security clearance as it is.”

        Ah, .. that’s not saying a lot for me.

  2. dailyrev - Sep 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    tough dealer today, A-rod. pair of kings might be the best you can do. ante up, it’s a million to stay…

  3. cur68 - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    OMG, Colon looks great. I’m on about a half hour delay (using my PVR to speed up the Yankee), so I’ve just started watching. His 2 seamer is moving enough to fool the ump & the batters with plenty of giddyup. Long game for the Beaver Men coming up because they’ve already started sucking pitches out of Romero.

    • cur68 - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      THERE’S that short RF porch! And ARod seems a might slow to 1st, too.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      Colon smells, so leave him alone.

      • cur68 - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:53 PM

        His cutter IS pretty filthy.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        He gone!

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