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Alex Rodriguez is batting second for the first time since 2006

Sep 9, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi has moved Alex Rodriguez to the second spot in the lineup tonight, in between leadoff man Brett Gardner and No. 3 hitter Robinson Cano. Last time Rodriguez hit second in a big-league game? August 26, 2006.

Back then Rodriguez was 30 years old and in his third season with the Yankees, winning MVP honors the previous season and the next season. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and didn’t bat second again until now.

For his career Rodriguez has batted second 497 times, hitting a combined .320 with 118 homers and a .948 OPS that basically matches his career mark of .943.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Ha! Called it last week. Good move by Joe. ARod may not be the threat he once was, but he still sees a ton of pitches and gets on base at a good clip. So much better than sticking Ichiro/Nunez etc in the #2 hole.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Seems like he’s seeing the ball well, just doesn’t have the HR power to knock one out. I’ll take the .380 OBP and 2b’s power this year, and hope a full, healthy off-season gets him back in shape for next year.

      • southofheaven81 - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Stahp usin’ fancy logic talk ta talk about A-FRAWD. He’s a cheat, a cheatin’ cheat who cheats, and he murdurd my dawg, he shold be in JAIL.

  2. Innocent Bystander - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Agreed…good move. Now let’s see if he keeps him there when Jeter is healthy. Derek needs to be dropped to 8th or 9th.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Yeah. Yeah, he does. Sigh.

  3. mc1439 - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I would like an article tomorrow about where he is in the batting order and how long it’s been since he’s hit there. Even if it’s 3rd.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      I’ll guess something like this: ARod hitting second again, which he hasn’t done since yesterday. Unless Bud Selig runs onto the field and murders him. If that happens, he will have to be dropped to 8th (still ahead of Ichiro, IMHO).

  4. bosoxfan15 - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Loss of his steroid advantage has given him warning track power. No more cleanup for this guy, except at madonna’s house.

    • eightyraw - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Longest HR hit at Fenway in 2013: 446ft by Alex Rodriguez

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        He also just went opposite field at Camden, and I think that puts him either tied or ahead of the combined number of HR by all other Yankee 3b this year, in only 30 games.

  5. 13arod - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    rays did this all trh tiem when a hitter is strugging and always works maybe jeter is next????

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