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Yanks say A-Rod will play defense only in emergencies

Yanks say A-Rod will play defense only in emergencies


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Barring emergencies, Alex Rodriguez will not play third base or first anymore this season.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday he prefers using A-Rod solely as a designated hitter going forward.

Rodriguez turns 40 in July and has had surgery on both hips. He has played the past week with soreness in his left hamstring.

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