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Alex Rodriguez's Yankee career is down to two games in the lineup

Alex Rodriguez takes batting practice before Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers in 2012. He will be released by New York after Friday's game (AP)

BOSTON (AP) - Alex Rodriguez will only start in Thursday's finale of the New York Yankees' three-game series at the Boston Red Sox before playing his final game in pinstripes at home on Friday night. Manager Joe Girardi announced the plans for A-Rod prior to Tuesday night's series opener. Rodriguez and the Yankees said Sunday that A-Rod will start a final game at Yankee Stadium on Friday night against the Rays before being released and shifting into a role as a special adviser. Girardi said Sunday he would get Rodriguez as many innings as possible this week, but said Tuesday he got caught up in the emotions of Sunday's announcement and is making a managerial decision as the Yankees chase a playoff spot. Rodriguez says he is disappointed but excited to start at least one more time at Fenway Park, where he made his major league debut in 1994. The 41-year-old also remained noncommittal when asked if he was definitely retiring as a player after Friday's game.

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