Yankees need A-Rod to be A-Rod again

After rough year, Bombers' third baseman relishes chance to make good in the playoffs

Updated: September 30, 2011, 11:09 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The man who batted Alex Rodriguez eighth against the Detroit Tigers, Joe Torre, was in the house on official league business Thursday, and yet Rodriguez refused to be spooked by any such division series ghost.

So much has happened between then and now. So many of the hobgoblins that accompanied the slugger to the plate in 2006, when Torre did everything but egg A-Rod's house, have been chased from the premises.

"I've got to be honest with you," Rodriguez said ...

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