Rodriguez out of Yankees starting lineup

Oct. 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriquez, in a 2-for-16 playoff slump, was not in the starting lineup for the New York Yankees' decisive Game 5 against the Baltimore Orioles Friday.

Rodriguez has just two singles and has struck out nine times in the first four games of the best-of-five American League Divisional Series. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter each of the last two games.

In the third game of the series, Raul Ibanez hit a ninth-inning home run while hitting for Rodriguez. Ibanez also hit a home run in the 12th inning of a 3-2 Yankees' win.

Eric Chavez hit for Rodriguez in the 13th inning Thursday, lining out to end the game, which Baltimore won 2-1 to force a decisive fifth game.

Chavez is to start Friday at third base while Ibanez was inserted as designated hitter.

The Yankees also said Derek Jeter, suffering from a bone bruise in his foot, would play shortstop Friday. He was the designated hitter Thursday.

The winner of Friday's Baltimore-New York game advances to the AL Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, who eliminated the Oakland Athletics Thursday.

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