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.