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Alex Rodriguez hitting third? Absurd

It's time to move A-Rod down in the order -- for his benefit and the Bombers'

Updated: October 9, 2012, 8:56 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez cannot bat third for the New York Yankees anymore, not in this Division Series, not until his presence inspires fear in the opposing dugout rather than a sweeping sense of relief.

This demotion in the lineup doesn't have to be viewed as corporal punishment, or as a means of sating the torch-carrying, Twitter-raving mob of fans calling for it, or as a method of embarrassing a big star who has it coming to him. Joe Torre once batted Rodriguez eighth in ...

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