A-Rod, Yankees fail to hit in postseason

Associated Press Modified: October 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — Alex Rodriguez failed to hit for the New York Yankees in the AL championship series.

He wasn't alone.

None of his teammates produced at the plate, and now New York's season is over.

The slugging Yankees, who set a team record for homers and finished second in baseball in runs scored, were swept by the Detroit Tigers in the AL championship series, losing 8-1 in Game 4 on Thursday.

"You never expect this," Rodriguez said. "It's a terrible way for the season to end."

A-Rod got all the attention, being benched three times in this postseason, but New York did not get it done up and down the lineup — Raul Ibanez being an exception — during a series in which it failed to lead once.

"The one thing I don't want to focus on is Alex, in a sense, because it wasn't just him that didn't hit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You know, if the other guys hit, one guy's struggles aren't going to show as much."

Rodriguez batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs in the postseason, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers and 1 for 9 against the Tigers.

He has $114 million and five years remaining on his contract — and a no-trade clause — and said he expects to be back with the Yankees next season.

"I love New York City and I love everything about being a Yankee," he said. "The highs are very high and the lows are extremely low. And there's no question the last few weeks was extremely difficult, not only on me but all my teammates."

Asked whether he would accept a platoon role or prefer to go to another team, the three-time AL MVP responded: "I've never thought about going to another team. My focus is to stay here. Let's make that very, very clear. Number two, I don't expect to be mediocre. I expect to do what I've done for a long time."

Several of Rodriguez's teammates were worse with a bat in their hands in the postseason.

Robinson Cano was at .075 (3 for 40) with no home runs, Curtis Granderson .100 (3 for 30) with 16 strikeouts, Nick Swisher .167 (5 for 30) with two RBIs and Russell Martin .161 (5 for 31) with one RBI. Eric Chavez was 0 for 16 with eight strikeouts.



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