Alex Rodriguez is starting at DH and batting seventh for the Yankees

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Alex Rodriguez is in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays for what will be his first regular season game action since September 25, 2013.

Rodriguez is batting seventh and playing designated hitter, where he’s played just 104 times out of 2,568 total games in his career.

At age 39 and after missing an entire season it’d be easy to assume that Rodriguez won’t provide much value to the Yankees this season, but he did hit .286 with three homers and a .924 OPS in 18 spring training games and perhaps being used mostly as a DH will help keep him healthy.

This is a prediction that may look awfully silly in six months (or maybe in six weeks), but I really think there’s a decent chance Rodriguez is one of the Yankees’ two or three best hitters this season.