WASHINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez said he wakes up "giddy" every morning and said it's because he's never felt better.
Though his power numbers still are not where he'd like them to be, to this point in the season -- and Rodriguez knocked on wood after making the statement -- he has not yet experienced the lingering injuries he did in 2011.
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"My body feels great," said A-Rod, who was given Saturday off but pinch hit in the 10th and grounded out. "I feel like I'm responding every day better and better. I think it's all part of the restriction we're trying to have."
Rodriguez, once known as one of the game's most durable players, was referring to the limitation on the number of days he spends in the field.
Entering Saturday, A-Rod had started 61 of 63 games -- 44 at third and 17 at DH. He was hitting .275 with a .367 on-base percentage, 10 homers and 31 RBIs.
He has maintained all season that if he stays healthy, the numbers he's used to -- though perhaps not the 45-plus-homer, 130-plus-RBI years -- will be there. The key, he said, is the way his legs feel.
"I think any time you see an athlete, it always goes back to your legs and your core," he said. "And if your legs are not under you, if you're not running well, that's going to trickle down to every aspect of your game. So if the legs are good, I always see that as an indication, whether you're a pitcher or you're a hitter or position player, that performance should follow."
Swisher leaves in sixthNick Swisher limped off the field after being called out at the plate in the sixth and was replaced in right in the bottom of the inning by Andruw Jones. Swisher (left quad contusion) slid awkwardly on Russell Martin's comebacker to Jordan Zimmermann, who threw home to Jesus Flores. "He's got a bone bruise in his quad," Joe Girardi said. "So we'll see how he feels tomorrow. My guess is he'll be pretty sore, so we'll have to go day by day."
Wise wordsThe Nationals should have scored twice in the eighth instead of once. After Ian Desmond's two-out homer tied it at 3-3, Adam LaRoche singled to right with Tyler Moore on second. Dewayne Wise, shifted from left to right at the start of the inning, charged the liner and came up throwing. Replays showed Moore's hand clearly touched the plate and even went past it before he was tagged on the hip by Martin, but after umpire Tim Timmons leaped over Moore, he made the out call.
"People were saying . . . ,'' Wise said of what he'd heard about the replay before stopping himself and smiling. "I don't want to say. The umpire said he was out."
Day off for Granderson?When Robinson Cano was given Friday off, that left Curtis Granderson as the lone Yankee to have started every game. Saturday made it 64 straight starts in center to start the season, but Girardi said he expects that to end. "We've been in a stretch where we haven't played a lot of days in a row," he said. "I'm probably going to have do something when we get in those 13 days in a row."
After an off day Thursday, the Yankees play 13 straight days from Friday through July 4.