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A-Rod starting nightcap against Rays

A-Rod scratched Saturday

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez missed the first game of the Yankees' day-night doubleheader on Saturday with a stiff neck, but he is in the starting lineup for the nightcap against the Rays.

Rodriguez had been in New York's original Game 1 lineup batting cleanup against Rays right-hander James Shields. Rodriguez was replaced at third base by Cody Ransom and will be the designated hitter when the Yankees face right-hander Matt Garza in Game 2.

"I probably just slept on it wrong," Rodriguez said. "That's never happened to me before. It feels OK, and I'm going to give it a shot in the second game."

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Rodriguez is batting .308 with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs in 126 games this year.

The defending American League MVP, Rodriguez is batting .344 (53-for-154) in his past 41 games at Yankee Stadium. He had just four hits in his last 22 at-bats on the club's 10-game, four-city road trip that concluded Wednesday.

New York dropped the opener of the twin bill to Tampa Bay, 7-1, marking the 47th time that the Yankees has scored two runs or fewer this season. They are 11-36 in those games.

"It's frustrating to not consistently be able to put up runs," Rodriguez said. "Overall, it's been a struggle, not just the offense."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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