Alex Rodriguez will be in uniform for the Yankees tonight at LandShark Stadium. He just won't be in the lineup.
The 33-year old former Miami Westminster Christian star was scratched from the Yankees lineup Friday afternoon for what manager Joe Girardi described as fatigue. Girardi said Rodriguez will be available to hit, but he'd like to give him two days off.
Rodriguez, a three-time league MVP, hasn't had a day off since returning from hip surgery on May 8th.
He's been struggling at the plate lately, going eight for 55 with two home runs in the June. His batting average has slipped from .260 to .212 for the season.
Girardi inserted Angel Berroa as the replacement Rodriguez at third base.
The Marlins are expecting their biggest crowds of the season this weekend with the Yankees in town. The Yankees haven't played a regular season series in Miami since 2001 when 116,525 showed up for three games in July.
> The Marlins, meanwhile, have shook up their lineup a little too after their trips to Toronto and Boston. Red-hot rookie Chris Coghlan will stay at the top of the lineup and Emilio Bonifacio is out of it.
MARLINS LINEUP: 1. Chris Coghlan LF, 2. Wes Helms 3B, 3. Hanley Ramirez SS, 4. Jorge Cantu 1B, 5. Dan Uggla 2B, 6. Ronny Paulino C, 7. Jeremy Hermida RF, 8. Cody Ross CF, 9. Sean West LHP.