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A-Rod is out of the lineup once again

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Yesterday, when asked about why Alex Rodriguez was not in the Yankees lineup, manager Joe Girardi said that it was because “we’re trying to win games.”

With that in mind, I give you the Yankees lineup for tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox:

1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
3. Chase Headley 3B
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Starlin Castro 2B
6. Didi Gregorius SS
7. Gary Sanchez DH
8. Austin Romine C
9. Aaron Hicks RF

Alex Rodriguez is hitting .204/.252/.356. That’s not good, but it’s better than Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks and it’s more or less the same as Austin Romine. Mark Teixeira is hitting .196 and he’s in the cleanup spot for crying out loud.

I’m not suggesting that Alex Rodriguez is capable of great things anymore, but please Joe Girardi, spare us the stuff about “trying to win games” when you’ve got nothing better to work with than this. Give the fans something they’d actually enjoy seeing: an all-time great playing baseball, even if he’s not great anymore.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.