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Girardi: A-Rod can regain form, start at 3B

NEW YORK— Joe Girardi said Wednesday he has no regrets about how he managed Alex Rodriguez during the playoffs, in which the Yankees' World Series aspirations fell short, and he hopes Rodriguez is back next season starting at third.

Rodriguez was benched three times and called back for a pinch hitter three times in nine playoff games, decisions influenced by his 0-for-18 postseason against right-handed pitching, with 12 strikeouts.

"I made decisions based on the season, the month, what I'd seen," Girardi said Wednesday. "These weren't just, 'Let-me-go-off-the-top-of-my-head (decisions).' These were things we evaluated a lot. I don't look back and second-guess myself."

Girardi fully endorsed having Rodriguez start in 2013, with the hope he can be "a very good player again." An offseason heart-to-heart conversation with Rodriguez is on Girardi's to-do list.

Rodriguez, 37, said last week a clearing of the air was not necessary and he believed it was "difficult" for Girardi to sit him.

Benched for the final two games of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers and seated for the clinching division series Game 5 against the Orioles, Rodriguez was 3-for-25 (.120) in the postseason with no extra-base hits and no RBIs.

dodgers: CF Matt Kemp began rehab from Oct. 5 surgery on his left shoulder. He should be ready for spring training.

marlins: One day after firing manager Ozzie Guillen, the team was granted permission to interview Class A Dunedin manager Mike Redmond. Redmond, 41, a Marlins catcher from 1998-2004, guided Dunedin to a 78-55 record in his only season managing at any level. Bobby Valentine, whom owner Jeffrey Loria was interested in before hiring Guillen 13 months ago, is not a candidate.

Twins: The team will decline a $6 million option on RH reliever Matt Capps, making him eligible for free agency. Right shoulder trouble limited Capps to four innings after June 15.

around the majors: Australian promoters are working on a deal to have the Dodgers and Diamondbacks open the 2014 season with a three-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Major League Baseball said it isn't negotiating with any teams to play that series. … MLB and the union determined qualifying offers for eligible free agents will be $13.3 million. A team has until 5 p.m. on Day 5 after the World Series to make an offer.

Girardi: A-Rod can regain form, start at 3B 10/24/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 10:58pm]
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