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Girardi: not thinking DL for A-Rod; Rodriguez not sure

Alex Rodriguez gave his calf one at-bat then went to Joe Girardi after grounding out in the second inning.

"He said he felt it grab," Girardi said.

Girardi said he anticipated A-Rod being out of the lineup for at least the next couple days. Asked if he thought the DL was a possibility, Girardi said: "I wouldn't think so at this point." 

A frustrated A-Rod wasn't quite that positive.

"I don't know," he said.

Rodriguez said he felt the calf grab on the swing and, noticeable to everyone, he didn't exactly motor down the line. He did say, which for him was a positive, he didn't feel as if the injury got worse.

"I wouldn't say it's any worse," A-Rod said. "The thing is, I've never had a calf situation before." 

*** As for the 6-0 loss, it was all about Felix Hernandez, as it usually is when he pitches against the Yankees. He allowed four hits and struck out 11 in eight innings, improving to 4-0 with a 0.51 ERA in four starts against the Yankees over the past two seasons.

"He throws strikes often, he doesn't fall behind," Curtis Granderson said. "Nothing's really straight."

Granderson said later: "You know you're not going to get too many good balls to hit."

A.J. Burnett wasn't good, though he did somehow make it through six innings, saving Girardi from having to go to his bullpen in the third or fourth inning, certainly something he wanted to avoid in the midst of this stretch of 20 straight games.

"Command," Girardi said of Burnett's main problem. "He just didn't have command of his fastball." 

And with that, back tomorrow afternoon as it's Javier Vazquez (9-9, 4.89) taking on Jason Vargas (9-5, 3.15).

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