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Alex Rodriguez scratched from lineup with flu-like symptoms

New York Yankees' Rodriguez watches from the dugout railing during their MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout railing during the 11th inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL HEADSHOT)

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According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Alex Rodriguez was scratched from today’s lineup against the Orioles due to flu-like symptoms. In his absence, Mark Reynolds will slot in at third base while Lyle Overbay will play first base.

Rodriguez is hitting .333 (7-for-21) with two home runs and four RBI during his current six-game hitting streak, so he’ll be missed as the Yankees attempt to jump the Orioles in the AL Wild Card race. However, there’s a good chance he’ll be ready to go in the next day or so.

Rodriguez is batting .280/.359/.451 with four home runs, 10 RBI, and an .810 OPS in 92 plate appearances since joining the Yankees last month.

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