Even though Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be willing to play Alex Rodriguez as much as he wants this week, A-Rod was not in the starting lineup for the team's game Wednesday night. He'll play his final MLB game on Friday.
Rodriguez did eventually get into Wednesday's game though. He stepped in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, after the Red Sox faithful at Fenway Park serenaded the Yankees with "We want A-Rod!" chats. Naturally, he was booed.
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A-Rod worked himself into a hitter's count and flew out harmlessly to right, though you could tell he just missed that pitch. It was a little off the end of the bat.
That was Rodriguez's first at-bat since Aug. 2, and I wonder whether he would have timed it better had it not been for all the rust. Probably not, but you never know. The Yankees have benched him the last few weeks due to a general lack of production.
A-Rod's fly ball did move the runner up to third, so it was a productive out. That runner scored the second run of New York's five-run seventh inning.