DETROIT - Joe Girardi could empathize with Reds manager Bryan Price.

The Yankees manager rarely discusses in-game strategy and only grudgingly gives out information regarding injuries and who may or may not be available to him for a given game.

But having played in big-media markets Chicago and New York and serving as manager of the Yankees, Girardi knows the deal.

"I think playing here, working here, working in the media being a broadcaster, managing, watching Joe [Torre], I got a better understanding of what it was like," Girardi said Tuesday.

"And I think the one thing that you don't realize as a player about the media is how competitive the media is and how important it is for that person to break a story or that sort of thing. But as a manager, you understand that's how it is and you have to deal with it."

And so while sympathizing with Price, under fire for his expletive-filled rant toward a Reds beat reporter Monday, Girardi said the second-year manager likely would take a do-over if so offered, at least in tone.

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"I'm sure if he had a chance to do it over again, he might have done it a little bit different," Girardi said. "When it's yourself, it's embarrassing when you listen back on it. But it just shows you the competitive nature in managers. It's going to come out from time to time."

Who knows?

When/if Alex Rodriguez, sitting at 658, hits his 660th career homer, Girardi has no idea how his club will react on the bench.

"It's hard to choreograph moments and what's going to happen," Girardi said.

"I'd love for it to happen tonight. But we'll just see what happens, let the guys do what they want to do."

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Chris Young, hitting a surprising .276 with three homers and eight RBIs, got the start in right over the struggling Carlos Beltran.

Girardi said Beltran would be back in the lineup Wednesday, though his intent is to give either Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury the night off.