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Benched A-Rod pinch hits as Yanks beat Red Sox 9-4

Yankees manager Joe Girardi finally found a spot he liked for Alex Rodriguez.

Two more games and he won't have to worry about it.

Benched from the starting lineup once again as his finale approaches, Rodriguez pinch hit and flied out in the seventh inning of New York's 9-4 comeback win against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

"I was looking for a three-run homer so I went to him," Girardi said of A-Rod. "Just missed it."

Red Sox star David Ortiz limped off in the ninth inning after fouling a pitch off his right shin. Boston said X-rays were negative.

"My heart sank a little bit when I saw it, but I just saw him and I feel...