Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Yankees bench struggling Alex Rodriguez, say it's performance-related

DETROIT — Alex Rodriguez was benched on Tuesday, Yankees officials said, because of his inability to get on base. And not for his reported attempts during Saturday's series to, well, score.

Rodriguez, according to a report in the New York Post, was seen flirting with two women seated behind the Yankees dugout in the innings after being pinch-hit for in Game 1, sending them a ball with a note to get their phone numbers.

While Yankees officials declined to comment on the report, they said the decision to drop Rodriguez from the lineup was strictly performance related, specifically that he was 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers during the playoffs.

"This is pure baseball-related," GM Brian Cashman said.

"There are no other issues," manager Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez, 3-for-23 in the postseason overall with 12 strikeouts, was also benched for Game 5 of the AL Division Series.

AND MORE: The Yankees made other changes — drastic, if not quite desperate — with Nick Swisher also on the bench and Eduardo Nunez starting at shortstop.

That gave them a lineup that included OF Brett Gardner, who hadn't started a game since April 17 due to an extended injury absence; Eric Chavez at third (where he made an error); and Nunez, who wasn't even on their ALCS roster until Derek Jeter was hurt.

"There's time for patience and there's time for change. Right now we feel it's time for change,'' Cashman said. "There's an extended period of time that opportunity has been given, now we're going to give it to some other people.''

NO REVENGE: Bruce Bochy expects Giants 2B Marco Scutaro to be on his lineup card for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series today.

And the manager isn't interested in retaliation talk.

"What's on our mind is to go out and play our best ball," Bochy said. "That's over. You have to move on."

Scutaro has a strained left hip after the Cardinals' Matt Holliday plowed into him with a late slide while busting up a double play Monday.

BERKMAN EYES SERIES: Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman, who was left off the playoff roster after knee surgery, started some light running and said he could be ready to play in the World Series if St. Louis advances. Berkman pinch-hit in the Cardinals' regular-season finale.

RAYS REPORT: As the Red Sox and Rockies have extended their list of managerial candidates, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez has not heard from either team, at least not yet.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

American League Championship Series

Tigers 3, Yankees 0

Game 1: Tigers 6, Yankees 4 (12)

Game 2: Tigers 3, Yankees 0

Tuesday: Tigers 2, Yankees 1

Tonight: at Detroit, 8:07

Thursday: at Detroit, 4:07*

Saturday: at New York, 8:07*

Sunday: at New York, 8:15*

TV: All games TBS

National League Championship Series

Cardinals 1, Giants 1

Game 1: Cardinals 6, Giants 4

Game 2: Giants 7, Cardinals 1

Today: at St. Louis, 4:07

Thursday: at St. Louis, 8:07

Friday: at St. Louis, 8:07

Sunday: at San Francisco, 4:45*

Monday: at San Francisco, 8:07*

TV: All games Ch. 13

* If necessary

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