Found October 12, 2012 on
New York Yankees
It looks desperate. It's not.
Joe Girardi's decision to bench Alex Rodriguez for the winner-take-all Game 5 of the American League Division Series is a matter of common sense.
Based on the way he's been swinging -- long before this series began -- A-Rod is not the New York Yankees' best option to start against right-handed pitching.
Raul Ibanez is the better designated hitter. Eric Chavez is the better third baseman. Girardi's lineup for Friday's decisive game against Baltimore accurately reflects those realities.
A-Rod is not solely to blame for the Yankees' current predicament, needing a win Friday to extend their season. He is hitting .125 in this series -- but that is better than both Robinson Cano (.111) and Curtis Granderson (.063). Granderson has struck out just as often as A-Rod, a team-high nine times in four games.
This decision has everything to do with A-Rod's at-bats against right-handers in this series, which have been consistently ...
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The Donald has never been shy about sharing his opinions, even when no one wants to hear them, and now he thinks he knows more about putting together a lineup than Joe Girardi.
Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees' starting lineup for their AL championship series opener against Detroit on Saturday night, dropped to sixth in the batting order.
Rodriguez was 2 for 16 with no RBIs in the division series against Baltimore, going hitless in 12 at-bats against right-handed pitchers with nine strikeouts. Manager Joe Girardi pinch hit for him in Game 3 and...
Alex Rodriguez will not be be in the lineup for tonight’s series finale between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles.Rodriguez, who has come under fire for his poor postseason performance will have to watch the game from the dugout. Eric Chavez is set to play third base in replacement.
Fans have called for Girardi to replace Rodriguez in the lineup.In game 3 Raul Ibanez...
With one out in the 13th inning of Thursday night's ALDS Game 4, Orioles rookie Manny Machado stood at third base with Yankees star Alex Rodriguez -- pupil and teacher, side by side with a game and a series on the line.
It was an improbable setting and an unlikely situation for the 20-year-old Machado.
After all, just about two years ago -- before he was the third pick in the...
Alex Rodriguez will start the New York Yankees' biggest game of the year on the bench.
After being pinch hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
Eric Chavez is set to start at third base, while Game 3 star Raul Ibanez will be the designated hitter in the winner-take-all...
Down by a run in an all-even AL division series, Joe Girardi approached Alex Rodriguez and told baseball's highest-paid player he was going to pinch hit for him.
Bold move, benching one of the game's great sluggers.
''I just had a gut feeling,'' the Yankees manager said. ''I just went to him and I said, `You're scuffling a little bit right now...
For one night, Raul Ibanez was the greatest hitter of all time.
Pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez -- who many predicted would someday hold that title -- in the bottom of the ninth, Ibanez launched a home run into the right-field stands at Yankee Stadium to tie the game. Then, improbably, impossibly, he hit another in the 12th inning, sending New York into a frenzy and the Yankees...
What a night! Squawker Jon and I were on the phone in the ninth inning, when we saw that Raul Ibanez had taken Alex Rodriguez's place in the lineup. We barely had time to digest it when we saw that Ibanez hit a homer to tie the game. Then, to make things even more unbelievable, he of course did something that has never been done in a postseason game before -- hitting a home run...
This has been a compelling postseason and it is getting more intriguing with each day. At the start of the season I projected the Giants and Yankees to meet in the World Series, and that’s still in play.
The Yankees’ showing makes them hard to figure out, but one thing is for certain, and that’s things will never be the same for Alex Rodriguez and how he’ll respond to being...
After last night's game, I couldn't sleep. Too angry. Too frustrated. If I owned a nuclear bomb, I would have driven to New York and blown up the city. That's how mad I was. (Note to world: Never give me control of a nuclear bomb.) Finally, I drifted off to Cougar Town, clutching one thin tendril of Yankee hope:Somehow, over the winter, the Yankees get rid The Three Stooges...
The New York Yankees 9th-inning hero, Raul Ibanez came through once again to tie the Game 1 of the ALCS vs. Detroit Tigers4-4.Derek JeterBut just 15-minutes later, in the top of the 12th-inning, the Tigers scored but in-between the two runs the Yankees postseason took a turn for the worst.The moment caused the Stadium to go silent, as not even the Tigers wanted to watch the Yankees...