Swinging bat well, A-Rod hitting third

Swinging bat well, A-Rod hitting third

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez swung the bat well throughout Spring Training and it has carried over into the regular season, which is why the slugger found himself hitting in the middle of the Yankees' lineup on Friday against the Red Sox.

Rodriguez moved into the No. 3 spot one night after connecting for his 655th career home run, but manager Joe Girardi is not ready to commit to keeping him there.

"I really haven't thought about that beyond today," Girardi said. "We'll just see how guys are swinging and then we'll go from there. I like the way he's swinging. I liked the way a lot of our guys swung the bat in Spring Training. Maybe it hasn't translated in the first few days, but I don't think you make a lot of changes the first few days."

Rodriguez batted second in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays with Brett Gardner out of the lineup, and Girardi said that he made the decision to keep Rodriguez high in the order mostly because Carlos Beltran was given the night off against left-hander Wade Miley.

"His at-bats have been good," Girardi said. "You look at his swings, his swings have been good. It's a position that he's used to hitting in the middle of the order, he understands how to hit in that position and that's why I chose to do it tonight."

Rodriguez, 39, is 2-for-9 (.222) with a homer and an RBI through the Yanks' first three games of the season, serving as the designated hitter. Girardi said that there is a "good shot" that Rodriguez would be given Saturday off against the Red Sox, and that there is no set date to get Rodriguez in the field.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.