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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.
"He wanted to play and he was sick last night, really sick last night and he played and I texted him this morning and he said he wanted to try," said manager Joe Girardi, who is just getting over the same illness. "He did some work in the cage and then we saw him and he just didn't look good. He was pale, so hopefully tomorrow he's a lot better."
Rodriguez was slated to bat fifth and play third against the Baltimore Orioles, who the Yankees defeated, 2-0.
His removal from the lineup caused changes in the Nos. 5-8 spots in the order, with Mark Reynolds shifting to third base and Lyle Overbay being put into the starting lineup at first.
Rodriguez, 38, is hitting .280 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 22 games for the Yankees.