Time for A-Rod to earn his money

For Yankees to advance, Rodriguez must strike fear in pitchers' hearts again

Updated: October 6, 2012, 9:47 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez doubled in his final official at-bat of the 2012 season, which is a good thing.

If he hadn't, every line of questioning would have begun something like, "Alex, you haven't had an extra-base hit in ..."

Well, ages, basically. Before the final game of the season, in which A-Rod's double was just one of seven Yankees extra-base hits, including four home runs in a 14-2 drubbing of the Boston Red Sox, he had not had anything more than a single in ...

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