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Posted by: Kim Jones on May 5, 2011 at 02:47:31 PM

1. Two slightly different reactions from Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, neither of whom was in the Yankees lineup when it was posted today.

Rodriguez said he knew Wednesday night that he wouldn’t be in there. Also said he believes Joe Girardi will be smart when it comes to his playing time, knowing that 145-150 games played is the goal this season.

Rodriguez, 5 for his last 40, said he wants to play every day (of course), but particularly wants to be out there when he’s not swinging the bat well. And he was critical of himself for that ninth-inning strikeout last night, when he tried to check his swing.

“I should have taken the walk,” he said, “shouldn’t have ever offered at that pitch.”

Immediately after speaking with Rodriguez, the media turned

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