A-Rod told he won't play field against Rays
BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez was turned down in his request to play the field for his final game with the Yankees.
Manager Joe Girardi said A-Rod wouldn't be at third base tonight at Yankee Stadium against Tampa Bay.
Rodriguez had asked to return to his old position for the last game. He hasn't played the field this season.
"We thought about it but he hasn't done any work," Girardi said Thursday. "It's not that I wouldn't like to see it, but we're in a part of the season where we are trying to win. We're still in this and I just felt that the situation hasn't presented itself."
Rodriguez batted cleanup as the designated hitter Thursday in Boston. He was booed by Red Sox fans when he came to the plate in the second inning.
Rodriguez did not play in the series opener Tuesday and was a pinch-hitter Wednesday night.