Yankees bench A-Rod for series finale vs. O's

12:21 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez will start the New York Yankees' biggest game of the year on the bench.

After being pinch hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, A-Rod was removed from the starting lineup entirely for Game 5 on Friday.

Eric Chavez is to start at third base for the Yankees while Game 3 star Raul Ibanez will be the designated hitter in the winner-take-all game.

C.C. Sabathia will start on the mound for the Yankees, while Jason Hammel counters for the Orioles.

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