A-Rod dropped to 5th, Jeter shifted to DH by Yanks

A-Rod dropped to 5th, Jeter shifted to DH by Yanks
October 11, 2012, 4:29 pm
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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter runs to third base for a triple during the third inning of Game 3 of the American League division baseball series against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in New York. Raul Ibanez lined a tying home run while pinch hitting for slumping Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning, then hit a leadoff homer in the 12th, giving the New York Yankees a stunning 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night for a 2-1 lead in their AL division series. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


NEW YORK (AP) Slumping Alex Rodriguez has been dropped to fifth in the New York Yankees' batting order and ailing Derek Jeter has been shifted to designated hitter for Game 4 of the AL division series.

The Yankees led Baltimore 2-1 going into Thursday night's game in the best-of-five matchup.

Rodriguez was moved down from the No. 3 slot. A day earlier, Raul Ibanez pinch hit for A-Rod in the ninth inning and hit a tying home run, then hit a winning homer in the 12th. Rodriguez is 1 for 12 with seven strikeouts in the series.

Jeter fouled a ball off his foot Wednesday night. The All-Star shortstop left the game after eight innings.