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A-Rod enduring rough spell at plate

August 29, 2006

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If Alex Rodriguez thought the constant booing from the home crowd was getting out of control, wait until he returns to Yankee Stadium tonight from one of the worst road trips of his career.

"New York's stuck with him and he's stuck with New York," former Yankee great Reggie Jackson said. "He's not going to get traded, and he's not going to go anywhere. We're stuck with each other."

Jackson, a special adviser to owner George Steinbrenner, was with the club during the final leg of its 11-game, three-city road trip. The Hall of Famer witnessed a brutal series against the Los Angeles Angels in which Rodriguez went 1-for-15 and struck out 10 times.

It was as if A-Rod had suddenly become K-Rod.

"Sure, I'm disappointed about going 1-for-15 or whatever the line may be, but you've got to move on and keep grinding," said Rodriguez, in the sixth year of a record $10-year, $252 million contract.

"It's frustrating because I feel strong, and I feel healthy. It was an awful series for me, personally. I'm very proud of the way this team played collectively, but I wish I would have done more to contribute."

Rodriguez is one of three players to hit 100 or more homers for three teams, joining Jackson and Darrell Evans. His slump has mystified manager Joe Torre, hitting coach Don Mattingly and general manager Brian Cashman, who brought Rodriguez to New York in February 2004 to help the Yankees win their first World Series title since 2000.

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