According to STATS LLC, the 37-year-old third baseman has not hit that low in the order since Joe Torre batted him eighth in the fourth and final game of the 2006 AL division series against the Tigers. He went 0 for 3.
A-Rod last hit sixth in Game 2 that year against Detroit, and he was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
He was 2 for 16 with no RBIs in the division series against Baltimore, going hitless in 12 at-bats against right-handed pitchers with nine strikeouts. Rodriguez is 10 for 66 (.152) with no homers and six RBIs in post-season play over the last three years. He hasn't homered in 84 at-bats since Sept. 14.