A-Rod staying put in No. 3 hole, says Girardi

A-Rod staying put in No. 3 hole, says Girardi

A-Rod staying put in No. 3 hole, says Girardi
BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez's postseason is off to a rough start, but manager Joe Girardi said that he has no intention of removing him from the No. 3 hole in the Yankees' lineup.

Rodriguez has one hit in nine at-bats through the first two games of the American League Division Series against the Orioles, and Girardi said after New York's 3-2, Game 2 loss on Monday that he isn't considering giving A-Rod a different look.

"Right now, I don't plan on having any changes to our lineup," Girardi said. "You look at, he squared up two balls tonight. You look at the ball he hit in the first inning, he squared it up, and then he had the other hard single. Right now, I don't have any plans to make any changes."

Rodriguez lined into a double play in the first inning against Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen on a terrific play by second baseman Robert Andino, and contributed a well-struck single to left field in the third inning.

"I can't believe he made that play," Rodriguez said of Andino's stab and flip to second base. "It was really an incredible play. I thought that ball was by him; I saw it into center field. It's first and third, 1-0 and here we go."

But Rodriguez flied out to center field in the fifth inning before striking out in his final two plate appearances, including whiffing for the last out of the game against Orioles closer Jim Johnson.

"I feel OK," Rodriguez said. "Some of these at-bats, you just have to finish them."