"You never really want to take Alex out of the lineup, but sometimes you need a day." manager Joe Girardi said. "This way, it's almost like two days off because you've got a night game on Monday. And it's hot and it's not something we've had to deal with really yet. Today's a pretty good day to give him off."
Rodriguez is off to a bit of a slow start in 2010, batting .258 with just two homers though 23 games. Pena, who will make his third start of the season and second at third base, is 1-for-9 so far this season.
Girardi also decided to give Mark Teixeira half a day by slotting him in as the designated hitter and playing Nick Johnson at first base.