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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi requested that the team's public address announcer not mention Alex Rodriguez's name when he was pinch-hit for during the American League Championship series, according to CBSSports.com.

Typically, announcements include the pinch hitter and the player he is replacing in the lineup.

Girardi reportedly called the press box when Eric Chavez pinch hit for Rodriguez in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.

The New York Post, however, later reported the call came when Raul Ibanez pinch hit for Rodriguez in Game 3 of the series.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that Girardi made the call so Rodriguez would not be further embarrassed by being removed.

Rodriguez said Girardi had "built up a lot of equity with him," despite being pinch-hit for and benched in another game.

Rodriguez went 3 for 25 at the plate in the playoffs. That included 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitching.

---Former Chicago Cub and Arizona Diamondback Mark Grace was indicted Friday on four felony counts of aggravated driving or actual physical control while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, NBC Sports' Hardball Talk reported.

Grace, who recently lost his broadcasting job with the Diamondbacks, may face jail time since it is his second arrest in the last 15 months.

Grace played from 1988-2000 with the Cubs, then signed with Arizona, where he won a 2001 World Series championship.

Grace retired after the 2003 season and worked as a color analyst on Diamondbacks telecasts on Fox Sports Arizona.

---Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price interviewed for the Miami Marlins managerial job, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Saturday.

Price coached a Reds staff that had a 3.34 ERA this season. Cincinnati won the National League Central with a 97-65 record and reached the NL Championship Series.

Price, 50, interviewed for Marlins job in 2006, which was given to Joe Girardi. Price has ties to Larry Beinfest, the Marlins president of baseball operations.

Mike Redmond, a former Marlins catcher and current Toronto Blue Jays minor league manager, is believed to be the leading candidate.
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