Alex Rodriguez is starting at first base for the Yankees

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Update (1:28 PM EST): Rodriguez was unable to handle a throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius on a Mike Napoli ground ball to lead off the top of the second inning. He was charged with an error.

Following Friday night’s 19-inning saga, the Yankees have made an interesting lineup decision for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox. Alex Rodriguez will bat clean-up and play in the field… at first base.

As MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch notes, this will be A-Rod’s first start in the field since September 10, 2013 and his first start anywhere other than third base, shortstop, or DH in 2,573 career games.

Rodriguez hit his 655th career home run on Thursday and has a .955 OPS in 16 plate appearances to start the season. He sat out the entire 2014 season due to a suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant
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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.