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A-Rod's good fortune

During batting practice, Alex Rodriguez, who had just stepped out of the cage, stood watching his teammates on the field. He turned for a moment and, seconds after he did, a deflected ball smashed into the back of his head. A-Rod was fine but after Friday night's game the impact of the blow was still fresh in his mind.

"Man, that hurt," Rodriguez said. "If I didn't have my batting helmet on...man." 

Meanwhile, the game itself played out as too many from the Yankees' perspective have the last two weeks. Lots of opportunities, but not enough runs.

"It was a tough night to hit but we had our chances," said Mark Teixeira, who popped out twice, including for the final out of the game.

The Yankees went 1-for-7 with RISP, left eight on base and struck out nine times.

Said A-Rod: "There’s no question we need to do better,” Alex Rodriguez said. “One through nine we need to step up and have more quality at-bats and come up with big hits. We haven’t done that over the last week or even longer."

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