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Girardi: A-Rod likely; too soon to know if Jeter can play

Girardi: A-Rod likely; too soon to know on Jeter

Girardi: A-Rod likely; too soon to know if Jeter can play
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez is likely to play in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday, adding that he didn't yet know if Derek Jeter would be available for the possible series clincher against the Orioles.

"Yeah," Girardi said when asked if he expected the struggling Rodriguez to be back in the lineup. "I'll make those decisions when I get there, but yeah, I would."

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Rodriguez, 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts and no RBIs in the series, was removed for pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez in the ninth inning of Game 3. Ibanez hit a game-tying home run and homered again in the 12th to give New York a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead.

As for Jeter, who hurt his left foot earlier in the game and was replaced at shortstop in the top of the ninth by Jayson Nix, it was too soon to know, Girardi said.

"I've got to see what Derek's doing today and make some decisions once I know how people feel," Girardi said.

Girardi was at LaGuardia Airport scanning passenger tickets as part of a promotion with the team's official airline, Delta. Travelers were still abuzz about Ibanez's two home runs.

"He's been a great clutch player for a long time," Girardi said. "That's one of the reasons we went and got him."

Girardi wasn't taking the genius label for his decision to send up Ibanez in the ninth, though.

"No, I'm not," he said. "Just a guy who makes a move once in a while."

Evan Drellich 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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