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Ailing Alex Rodriguez out of lineup

Updated: April 18, 2011, 2:51 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Third baseman Alex Rodriguez was out of the lineup on Sunday night in the rubber game of the New York Yankees-Texas Rangers three-game series due to lower back and oblique stiffness on his left side.

Rodriguez left Saturday's game after the sixth inning with lower back and oblique stiffness. He was replaced by backup infielder Eric Chavez, who hit sixth in the lineup.

"He's just sore," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi before the game. "We'll take it day by ...

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