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  • 13 April 2019
    BOSTON -- Fans at Fenway Park again chanted, We want A-Rod, and Wednesday night, they got him.Alex Rodriguez appeared in a game for the first time since he and the Yankees announced that this would be his final week on the team. In the seventh inning, representing the go-ahead run, Rodriguez pinch hit for Aaron Hicks against hard-throwing Boston Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes. Rodriguez was booed heartily the moment he stepped out of the dugout.On a 2-1 pitch, A-Rod flew out to right field on a 98 mph fastball and moved a runner from second base to third with the first out of the inning. It was Rodriguezs first at-bat since Aug. 2. His average dropped to .203.On his way back to the dugout, Red Sox fans gave him the loudest boos of the night. New York won the game?9-4, in part because of a five-run seventh that included Rodriguezs contribution.I told you: In certain situations, Im going to use him, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.On Sunday, it was announced that A-Rod would play this week in Boston before ending his Yankees career against the Tampa Bay Rays?on Friday in the Bronx. Girardi said Sunday that he would let A-Rod dictate how much he plays in his final week, but Girardi changed his mind and said he was putting winning over sentimentality.Before Wednesdays game, Girardi said it is not in his job description to run a farewell tour, and he apologized for his initial comments about Rodriguezs playing time.My job description is to try and win every game and put everyone in the best possible position, and thats what Im trying to do, he said.?Hicks entered Wednesdays game batting .192.During Derek Jeters farewell tour last season, Girardi consistently batted him second, even though he had the fifth-lowest OPS in the majors in 2014. When the subject was brought up Wednesday, Girardi said he had no better options that season. He added that he should not have said after the Sunday news conference that he would let A-Rod dictate his playing time this week.I got caught up in my emotions, and I apologize for that, OK? Girardi said Wednesday. I made a mistake. Im human. But I told you what I was trying to do. And when I was asked the other questions, Im aware of what my quotes were, that there would be conversations, and I would try to get him in every game. I said that. But what Im saying is I made a mistake. And Im admitting that. And Im admitting that to everyone whos watching because I have a responsibility and Im trying to take care of my responsibility.Girardi said he thinks his relationship with Rodriguez might have been altered because of how he has taken at-bats from him.I think maybe in the long run it wont, but I think in the short term its been difficult, Girardi said. I said it yesterday: When youre the guy thats telling someone no, youre usually the guy people vent their anger at, whether youre the little boy getting your hand slapped by your mom or dad or youre the player like I was that was cut from the [high school] basketball team and told to go practice baseball. I wasnt happy about it.So yeah, its difficult, and thats why I get partially angry here because I believe people are playing both sides of the fence because it creates news. That doesnt help our situation. That doesnt help our clubhouse. It doesnt help our relationship that we built over so many years. Thats what angers me.Asked before Wednesdays game about his relationship with Girardi, Rodriguez said, Im just going to keep it about the game.Rodriguez is scheduled to start Thursday at Fenway and Friday in his last game at Yankee Stadium. A-Rod most recently started a game on July 30. He did not make himself available to speak after the game Wednesday. Cheap Football Jerseys . PETERSBURG, Fla. Cheap Jerseys China .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. . PETERSBURG, Fla. 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They are 9-1-1 in one-goal games.I think we believe in the way that we play, Phaneuf said. When we play that way we dont give up a lot and when you dont give up a lot youre going to be in a lot of tight games. We found a way to stick around, found a way to come back and found a way to play tight games and the bottom line is we continue to stick with our game and again (Saturday) we come through with winning it late and theyre big points. It might be early, but theyre big points.Sebastian Aho scored for Carolina, and Ward stopped 22 shots.The effort was good, Carolina coach Bill Peters said. You cant fault the effort. Its not frustrating. Its reality. They won 2-1 so we have to find a way to score. You have to get to three in this league, typically. Three is the number. We didnt do that in either of our last two ggames.dddddddddddd We have to find a way to score more.Phaneuf tied it at 1 at 6:15 of the second with his second goal of the season. Ryan Dzingel did some great work, was patient and found Phaneuf who stepped into the slot and buried it past Ward.For the 11th straight game Ottawa gave up the first goal. Carolina opened the scoring at 11:24 of the first. Aho put a shot on goal, Anderson made the stop and the rebound went in off Ottawas Tom Pyatt.I dont know how many games it is that weve given up the first goal and it makes absolutely no difference to us, Senators coach Guy Boucher said. We expect tight games, were going to be good in tight games and I know it was an issue last year, but I wasnt here, but I know as a team there were things to change and that was one of them.Its a mental approach and players have really grown. Theres no panic on the bench, theres no panic when the other team scores first, no panic if we take a penalty or we miss some chances.Game notes Carolina was 1-2 on its three-game trip. ... Erik Karlsson played his 500th NHL game, all with the Senators.UP NEXT:Hurricanes: Return home to face Florida on Sunday night.Senators: At New York Rangers on Sunday night. ' ' '