Friday, October 12, 2012
Five Things: A-Rod pinch hit for, again
By Ian Begley
Alex Rodriguez has had the look of frustration through much of his career in the postseason.
1.Alex Rodriguez said Wednesday he hadn't been pinch hit for since high school. Now, it's happened twice in two nights. Joe Girardi lifted Rodriguez for Eric Chavez in the 13th inning in Game 4 on Thursday. Chavez lined out to Manny Machado.
Rodriguez was asked after the game whether he reacted Thursday to being pinch hit for the same way he had Wednesday. On Wednesday, he said he had no problem with the move, which resulted in a game-tying homer from Raul Ibanez.
On Thursday, Rodriguez said he didn't expect to be pinch hit for but ultimately had no problem with it.
"Chavez had a good at-bat," Rodriguez said. "He hit the ball hard to Machado. There, we're just trying to string together good at-bats to win the game."
Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk Thursday. On the series, he is 2-for-16 with nine strikeouts. He said he expects to be in the lineup Friday against Jason Hammel. Rodriguez is 8-for-22 with four homers and nine RBIs against Hammel over his career in the regular season.
The Yankees center fielder is 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts. On Thursday, he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the Yanks as a team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
After the game, Girardi credited Joe Saunders and the rest of the Orioles' staff for silencing the Yankees' bats.
"I think there's really good pitching," he said. "... With the exception of one inning [the ninth inning of Game 1], it's been really hard to come by hits."
3.Derek Jeter fouled several balls off his left foot Thursday but, magically (wink, wink), he said they managed to miss the bone bruise he suffered Wednesday.
Jeter said he hit balls off his heel and shin in Game 4 but managed to miss the affected area, thereby avoiding any aggravation of the injury.
"The Captain" served as the Yanks' designated hitter Thursday because Girardi determined he was not well enough to field. It was the first time in his Yankees career that he started a playoff game at a position other than shortstop.
Jayson Nix played short in Game 4. Jeter is confident he will return to his normal position Friday.