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Rodriguez on the downside

Most players have already experienced what Yankees superstar is going through

Updated: October 16, 2012, 1:10 PM ET
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

Once you get pinch-hit for, it is like a patch of poison ivy that starts spreading on your manager's arm. He itches it and it just comes back bigger and redder. No matter what you do in the time after you were first called back from the on-deck circle or told to sit tight on the bench by your manager, it is a lot easier for him to keep scratching.

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