New York Yankees
Alex Rodriguez, scratched from the lineup with a jammed left thumb, went 0-for-5 on Sunday in his first game back since early July.
Joe Girardi admitted Rodriguez looked a bit off, but was encouraged that Rodriguez wasn’t fooled by any pitches against the Twins.
But the manager noted that Rodriguez's timing could have been better.
"You'll start to see him really drive the ball when his timing's correct," Girardi said.
There is no specific plan to rest Rodriguez or use him as the designated hitter going forward. Girardi said he will check with Rodriguez every day to see how he's feeling.
"It'll be kind of a day by day thing for a while," he said.
YANKS EYE HOME FIELD, NOT VERLANDER: Girardi insists that the Yankees are focused on winning the AL East and securing home field advantage over the last 5 ½ weeks of the season. The question arose because of the playoff scenarios for the division and wild card winner. if the Yankees win the AL East, they likely would face Justin Verlander and the Tigers. If they win the wild card, they will likely face the AL West-leading Rangers.
"(Our goal) is to win home field advantage throughout the playoffs," Girardi said, adding, "Our goal every year is to win our division and have home field advantage. Keep playing well and see where we stack up."
ROSTER MOVES: Aaron Lafferty and Gustavo Molina both cleared waivers. Lafferty, a left-handed reliever, was optioned to Triple-A Scranton. Molina was outrighted to Scranton.