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A-Rod auditions for next captain role

As Jeter stews over off-day, Rodriguez plays clubhouse leader after Yankees' loss

Updated: April 23, 2012, 8:33 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

DETROIT -- Alex Rodriguez may not be the New York Yankees' captain, but lately he has taken to playing the role of one in the clubhouse.

Derek Jeter, of course, is the real captain, and with A-Rod, you are never sure if what you are getting is genuine or the baseball equivalent of an actor portrayal.

But if you had stumbled from an alternate universe into the visitor's clubhouse at Comerica Park after the Yankees had dropped their third straight game to the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, ...

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