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A-Rod hurting, but Yankees cruising

22 Aug

Alex Rodriguez returned last night to the New York Yankee lineup after being out for 38 games this year, but can he get back to form in time for the postseason? This remains to be seen because A-Rod’s health has been a major concern for the Yankees moving forward into the postseason because they would like to use Eduardo Nunez as the backup shortstop for Derek Jeter, but with A-Rod hurting, things are going to change. Thankfully for the Yankees, they did not need Rodriguez’s bat last night because Ivan Nova pitched an excellent game by going 7 plus innings, and the other Yankees chipped in last night for the win. Dating back to the 2009 postseason run, Alex Rodriguez was the big reason why the New York Yankees went on to win their 27th world series title, but he was healthy and he carried the load most of the way with significant help from 2009 World Series MVP, Hideki Matsui, Derek Jeter and current Tampa Bay Ray, Johnny Damon. This year more than ever, the Yankees need Rodriguez healthy and ready to play because those two guys I mentioned are now gone and with players like Russell Martin, Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher in the lineup, the Yankees have questions to answer in their batting lineup as well as their pitching order, but getting A-Rod back to form is the first thing on the Yankees list.