Alex Rodriguez started the Yankees’ biggest game of the year on the bench. After being pinch-hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
There’s nowhere for A-Rod to hide — Joe Girardi isn’t ready to drop him in the batting order. As the Yankees’ No. 3 hitter, he’s going to have to start carrying his share of the load.
The Yankees’ hopes of a late comeback was ended by a controversial call at first base. New York and Baltimore are now tied atop the AL East.
As Game 2 unraveled in a disastrous eighth inning for the Texas Rangers, closer Neftali Feliz was nowhere to be found.