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Eric Chavez

Yankees leave A-Rod out of lineup for Game 5 vs. Orioles

NEW YORK — The big news coming before Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon was that New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi had benched their most expensive player, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, due to Rodriguez's continued struggles at the plate.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, however, took the move in stride.

"No, it didn't surprise anybody," Showalter said. "Joe is going to do what he thinks is best for his team. He knows his people better than anybody else."

Rodriguez had just two hits and nine strikeouts in 16 at-bats in the first four games of this series and had just four hits in his two...