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Yankees' Rodriguez out of lineup at Washington with no DH at NL park for interleague game

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WASHINGTON — Alex Rodriguez was out of the Yankees' lineup against the Nationals because no designated hitter is used in games at NL ballparks.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday night's opener of a two-game series that "it's easier to play him on a more daily basis when we keep him at DH."

PHOTO: New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, right, is congratulated by third base coach Joe Espada (54) after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, right, is congratulated by third base coach Joe Espada (54) after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Added Girardi: "He hasn't played a whole lot of field."

Rodriguez started 34 of New York's 39 games entering Tuesday: 31 at DH, two at third base, one at first base.

"I'm sure he'd much rather be in there than having all this time off. But, I mean, he understands the situation," Girardi said. "That's what happens when you become a DH. It becomes harder to get in games when you're in a National League park."

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