Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi disagree on whether A-Rod should play first base

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Mark Teixeira is out for a long time, maybe for the season. That puts Greg Bird at first base against righthanders. But what about against lefties?

Joe Girardi thinks Alex Rodriguez could be the answer. His response yesterday when asked about A-Rod playing first base:

“I think you have to really talk about it now. Because I think our hope was that, when we left on that road trip [last week], you would have Tex back by the time we got home [Friday], or even on the road trip. But now, I think you have to think about it because you’re going to see left-handers. There’s left-handers in our division. There’s a lot of division opponents in the last 32 games or whatever we have left. I think you have to start debating the idea.”

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was asked about that too:

“I don’t think he can play first base,” Cashman countered. On Monday, Cashman said that shifting Chase Headley from third base across the diamond was more likely.

A-Rod has played one game at first this year. Yesterday he took some grounders there. Here’s how it went:

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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 1: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts as a baseball comes his way as he was talking fielding practice at first base before a game with Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 1, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

 

Tiebreaker goes to Cashman, methinks.

UPDATE: A picture’s worth a thousand words, I guess. Girardi has seen the light:

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Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.