Last night marked the start of 13 straight games for the Yankees before the All-Star break and Joe Girardi isn't taking any chances with Alex Rodriguez's hip.

Girardi said that Rodriguez would rest "for sure" at some point next week in Minnesota, but the third baseman might get a day off before that.

"We do have four day games in a row and there's a good chance I could give him a day off in one of those if we feel he physically needs it," Girardi said. "The other thing is, maybe we give him two days off in Minnesota if we feel the turf is bothering him."

The Yankees will travel to Minnesota on Monday night after that day's game against the Blue Jays. They play three games against the Twins before heading to Anaheim for a three-game series against the Angels.

Rodriguez, maybe coincidentally and maybe not, has been hot since Girardi rested him to start the Marlins series. Rodriguez entered last night 7-for-19 in his last six games with two home runs, nine RBIs and nine walks.

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"When we look back at it, it looked like it helped him, those couple days off," Girardi said.

Extra bases

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was on the field before the game watching batting practice with a 10-year-old boy with leukemia, part of the Starlight Children's Foundation Program, which helps improve the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses . . . Kevin Youkilis moved back ahead of Mark Teixeira in the latest release of the All-Star game ballot totals. With two days left in the balloting, Youkilis had 1,915,303 votes and Teixeira 1,875,256. Last week, Teixeira led by 35,632 votes