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Alex Rodriguez Is Batting Third Again Tonight

 Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts in the dugout during Game Two of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 8, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Alex Rodriguez.

Hey, remember how Joe Girardi hadn't ruled out dropping Alex Rodriguez in the batting order? Well, it won't happen in Game 3: A-Rod will DH tonight and hit third, with Robinson Cano batting cleanup and Nick Swisher batting fifth after the Orioles walk Cano intentionally whenever possible. Whether Girardi would drop A-Rod in Game 4 if he struggles tonight (especially if the Yankees are facing elimination) is another question entirely — one he surely hopes he won't need to make.

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