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Will Yankees sit Alex Rodriguez for ALCS?

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09:56 AM ET 10.13 | The Yankees' happiness over advancing to the AL Championship Series against Detroit, with Game 1 tonight in the Bronx, will immediately be qualified by this question: All right, now what do you do about A-Rod? "I'll have a lineup for you tomorrow," manager Joe Girardi said last night. It seems pretty simple here: Either you give Rodriguez a fresh start and play him tonight against Tigers right-hander Doug Fister (Detroit's unannounced but likely starter), or you keep him on the bench all the way through this round. Rodriguez served as a mere observer in this clinching game, his first postseason benching since the 1995 Mariners deployed him, then 20 years old, as a reserve. Eric Chavez started at third base, going hitless in three at-bats, while Raul Ibanez -- who pinch-hit memorably for A-Rod in Game 3 -- started at designated hitter and broke a scoreless tie with a fifth-inning single, bringing home Mark Teixeira from second base. When Baltimore manager Buck Showalter went to lefty reliever Troy Patton to go after Ibanez with two outs in the sixth inning, it seemed an open invitation for Girardi to bring in Rodriguez for the platoon advantage. Girardi passed, and Ibanez struck out to end the inning.

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October 13, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Well...at least they don't have a lot of long-term money tied up with him.

Wait....

October 13, 2012  11:33 AM ET

He can pitch out of the bullpen.

October 13, 2012  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Well...at least they don't have a lot of long-term money tied up with him.Wait....

There's a clause in his contract that will allow the Yankees to convert his salary to Iranian rial after this season.

October 13, 2012  12:41 PM ET

I think you start him, and see how it goes, maybe 3 at bats. Give him the hook early if he still struggles.

October 13, 2012  12:42 PM ET

the manager has to use the right strategy, if a hitter is too cold then you should bring a dependable utility player WHO in exchange could give you a good run production or could start a rally when is needed most!!

October 13, 2012  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think you start him, and see how it goes, maybe 3 at bats. Give him the hook early if he still struggles.

rodriguez should come in at any game, best thing to do is let him play 3 at bats then rest him again, even if he gets a run contribution, even if he didn't help the team!!!

October 13, 2012  01:02 PM ET

He starts. If he goes 0fer with a bunch of Ks again...

October 13, 2012  01:02 PM ET

yankees have the luxury to either play him or bench him after all he still would get paid!!!

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October 13, 2012  02:26 PM ET

Bad Hand Bad Hip, Bad Attitude you be da Judge? He has no sense of Urgency, of course he never had that before, but he never hit 160 before! Go Figure! This a guy that when he retires, he might retire with the most home runs the most scored runs and the most RBI 's and Joe sat him! Go Figure!

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October 13, 2012  02:55 PM ET
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He'll never break the all time HR record.

Nope. Hanks record is safe.

October 13, 2012  04:20 PM ET

wiseup : the way the Yankees are hitting they all could bat eighth in the line up.

October 13, 2012  04:26 PM ET

Doesn't matter they'll just plug in a million $ all star bench player....

October 13, 2012  07:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

He'll never break the all time HR record.

If he goes to Boston Anything can happen, he got 5 years left with 20-25 homers per could happen!!!

October 13, 2012  09:08 PM ET

Isn't it time to sit him permanently?

 
October 14, 2012  12:29 AM ET

Trade him to Cleveland

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