Girardi: A-Rod poised for a big second half

Girardi: A-Rod poised for a big second half

BOSTON -- The Yankees enter the All-Star break in first place in the American League East, and they've done so without a dazzling first half from third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Entering Sunday's series finale vs. the Red Sox, the final game before the All-Star break, Rodriguez was hitting .270 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs. But manager Joe Girardi believes the three-time AL Most Valuable Player is poised for a big second half of the season.

"He's due. It is what it is," Girardi said. "Sometimes guys don't get hot in the first half. Sometimes they have torrid second halves. If I were to tell you that Robinson Cano wouldn't be hot at any point during April or May would you believe me? No. So no one knows what the future holds, but I would say he's due."

Rodriguez is tied with Nick Swisher for fourth on the team in homers. He's fifth on the club in RBIs but third with 81 hits in 81 games entering Sunday. Rodriguez's power numbers are down this season, but he's getting on base at a .359 clip.

The Major's active leader in home runs with 642, Rodriguez has not gone deep since June 26 vs. the Indians.

"Maybe he hasn't driven in all the runs that we maybe expect, but he's been on base, he's hit some home runs and he's a middle of the order guy," Girardi said.