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Joe Girardi moves Alex Rodriguez to DH, but leaves him as No. 3 hitter

Oct 10, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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Joe Girardi made a change with Alex Rodriguez, but it isn’t the one many Yankees fans (and at least one HardballTalk writer) have been clamoring for.

The manager has Rodriguez starting at designated hitter tonight rather than his usual third base, but Rodriguez remains the No. 3 hitter. Eric Chavez is starting at third base and batting ninth, which is where Eduardo Nunez hit as the DH in Game 2.

Rodriguez went 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the first two games of the ALDS versus Baltimore and hit just .278 with five homers and a .418 slugging percentage in 40 second-half games.

  1. e5again - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Perfect! Give him more time to over-think his next AB.

  2. succulentnipples - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    The roids are totally worn out now. He is just an aging overpaid player.

  3. buffalomafia - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Can you believe Yankee management wants to still keep Girhardi?

  4. papichulo55 - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    ARod is late on everybodys fastball, and he knows it. So he looks for fastballs, and winds up looking bad on off-speed stuff. Not having any fun. Would love to see a teammate get him to smile, and stop thinking so much. See the ball, hit the ball.

  5. 49ersgiants4life - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    One of the worst contracts ever given in sports he is gonna be getting paid 30 million dollars when he is 42 years old and he hasn’t hit anything since he has been off the roids also he is horrible in the post season

    • bmorelikeme - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Actually the per year salary decreases over the next 5 years. I think its only 20 mil when hes 42….regardless, yes, it’s a terrible contract.

      Go O’s!

    • ezthinking - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Not that it will make you feel better, but he’ll get $20 mil at age 42. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/?page_id=146

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      he hasn’t hit anything since he has been off the roids also he is horrible in the post season

      So 2007 never happened I guess? .314/.422/.645 with 54 HR and 156 RBI was just a mirage?

      • jxegh - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        Stats from five years ago? Really? That’s a lifetime in baseball.

    • Lukehart80 - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Rodriguez may or may not be horrible in the postseason, but he has far better numbers than Jeter in the playoffs, so if A-Rod has been horrible, Jeter has been _____ ???

  6. kevinbnyc - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    It’s amazing that this team will now be starting 2 guys as a Designated Hitter who cannot hit. If you want Nunez in the game for his speed…that’s better than him being in the field I guess, since he can’t catch anything. But continuing to DH Rodriguez, especially in the #3 hole, is absurd. Move him down. Obviously getting him more at-bats isn’t helping anything.

  7. 13arod - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    he is just in a big slump he needs to go down to the 7 spot

  8. 13arod - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    he’s in a big slump he needs to go down to 7th spot for a game or 2 and he will be good again

  9. mike5606 - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    if you push him down in the lineup whatever confidence he has left is going to be gone….

  10. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    ^^^ 2007 was probably HGH. I doubt he was ever clean.

  11. vallewho - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    I can’t believe that the Yankees have not hired a “blogger” to manage the team….or at least be the bench coach.

  12. baloneyjohn - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Where he bats is of no consequence. He is over the hill

  13. mybrunoblog - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    If Arod actually manages a home run John Sterling might actually strain his groin making the call. Suzyn Waldman will just scream “Oh my goodness graciious”.

  14. iranuke - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    For what he is being paid, he should be an excellent #3 hole hitter.

  15. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    RAAAAUUUUULLLL>gayrod

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