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Yankees bat Alex Rodriguez fourth in 2013 debut

Aug 5, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

Is this the Yankees’ way of telling Alex Rodriguez to put up or shut up? They have their 38-year-old former MVP batting cleanup Monday against the White Sox in his 2013 debut.

It’s A-Rod’s first start for the Yankees since Game 2 of last year’s ALCS against the Tigers. Playing on a bad hip that required surgery, Rodriguez hit sixth behind Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin in that one. He wound up finishing 1-for-4 and then took a seat for Games 3 and 4 in the Tigers’ sweep, though he did go 0-for-2 off the bench in Game 4.

If Rodriguez were returning in a more traditional fashion tonight, he may well have started off hitting fifth or sixth. His .214/.333/.452 line in 42 minor league at-bats during his rehab assignment doesn’t exactly scream cleanup hitter.

Rodriguez, though, tried to dictate the pace of his own returning, putting himself at odds with the Yankees more than once. He says he’s ready, so now the team expects to prove it.

With A-Rod batting fourth, Alfonso Soriano has moved up to second in the order versus left-hander Jose Quintana. Vernon Wells is batting fifth and making his first career start at first base, not that anyone will notice.

  1. fanofevilempire - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Alex should beat jerseygirl in the head with his bat, I would love to see that.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      If you’re going to troll someone on every post, at leaaaasssssst try to change it up a little.

      Thank you.

      – The department for the improvement of creative thinking.

      • nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Blue,

        Please make sure dirtyharry gets this memo as well.

        Thank you,
        Blue Jays fans of HBT

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        it’s only been two posts and you keep reading it, it’s so jerseygirl can get her head straight by having A-Rod hit her on the head with a bat and get some mechanical parts in her brain going again.

  2. jayscarpa - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Vernon Wells at 1B – that tells you all you need to know.

    • slartibartfast4242 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Exactly! What is this talk about Yankees telling A-Rod to “put up or shut up?” Girardi is just going with what’s available to him, that just happens to be putting A-Rod at clean-up against a left-hander. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think all his homers during rehab came against left handed pitchers.

  3. tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I will not be watching ESPN’s monday night game, but seriously Dodgers and Cardinals fans are really going to be salty as their game is totally ignored with A-Rod updates, PEDs commentary, on and on….

    • bronco58lb - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      What game will you be watching instead?

      • tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Braves vs Nats. Thank God for MLB.tv

  4. El Bravo - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    The Yankees are simply saying, “wow, Chicago, your team sucks balls so there’s no need to take you seriously.”

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      While the Sox beat the Yankees in Arod’s first two games with them…

  5. Darkoestrada - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    So much for all the sensationalist reports about arod never playing another game as a Yankee

    • bigharold - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Most of those reports were in the NY Daily News. So it can only be called reporting in the. Loses sense.

      And, the odds are if the suspensions stick it’ll be at most 100 games. A-Rod t most Ina’s violated the JDA. He’s not the greatest villain since the invention of villany.

  6. steelers88 - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I can’t believe ESPN didn’t find a way to flex into literally every Yankees game for the rest of the season.

  7. indaburg - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Who in that line up is better to bat clean up? That is one lousy Yankee offense. The Bronx Bombers indeed. (Heh, watch him go yard. He feeds off hate.)

    I’ll watch the circus freak show tonight.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      Or, the Tigers-Indians are playing….

      • indaburg - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        I am SOOOOO rooting for the Tigers! Anibel is my boy!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        You are in luck.

        I’m still not sure if I’m digging his new facial hair thing.

  8. protectthishouse54 - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    How do you even walk into the locker room? “Hey fellas. What’s up? Good to be back!”

  9. Stiller43 - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    This game on TV? I need to see his reception

  10. rvnc - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    This game is truly must see. Can’t wait to hear the reaction when Alex comes to bat, and in addition can’t decide whether i’d rather see him strike out pathetically or hit a home run and subsequently round the bases shouting abuse at Bud Selig

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