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A-Rod will sit till Sunday

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.


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Chris Coghlan's bat is very helpful to our offense. But he does not belong in LF. Either he is moved to his original position, in which case he would either get starts depending on match-ups or to give someone a day off... but fredi has got to stop putting him out in LF because it has been a problem from the minute he got here. Why criticize a guy like Boni and call for him to be sent down when there are a few more guys in a similar if not worse situation than him. granted, as i said, Coghlan is doing well with the bat as opposed to Boni... but their defense is about the same... flat out stinks. Larry Beinfest is still the best guy we got in our front office, its Fredi who ruins them at the end of the day and Loria just sits back and watches... I guess he likes fat cubans.


Fredi is doing it again... over-extending a guy that clearly does not have it. He brings him out there for the 5th inning when he should have been gone an inning ago... now he brings in Reynel Pinto who is a good pitcher and can get guys out from either side of the plate, but he is not a fifth inning guy he is for the later innings. some will say he is out there to stop the bleeding but what is the point of that if we are down early and not doing nothing... what if we do re-gain the lead later... we wont have Pinto in the later innings when we might really need him.

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