Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A-Rod Benched Again

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A-Rod Benched Again

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Joe Girardi did not start Alex Rodriguez for a second straight game, citing A-Rod's career 0-for-14 against Toronto lefty starter J.A. Happ.

"Overall, he's struggled [against Happ] and the last couple of years he's struggled," said the manager, who chose to give Rob Refsnyder his second start in right field this season, while using Carlos Beltran as the designated hitter.

A-Rod is just 1-for-16, with a home run, since coming off the 15- day disabled list (strained right hamstring) last Thursday.

Overall, Rodriguez was batting just .170 over his first 24 games, making his daily inclusion in the lineup an increasingly debatable option. "Obviously, production is important to stay in the lineup," Girardi said.

The manager would not commit to having Rodriguez in tonight's lineup, either, against Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez. …

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