"Obviously I'm not happy and, you know, I was disappointed," Rodriguez said before the game. "But I keep telling you guys, this is not a story about one person, this is about a team."

Rodriguez, who was not called on to pinch hit against a left-handed pitcher in the seventh, did not speak to reporters after the game.

Notes: Right-handed hitter Lew Ford started as the DH for the Orioles instead of future Hall of Fame candidate Jim Thome against lefty Sabathia. Manager Buck Showalter said he didn't want to "overextend" Thome physically and liked having him as a pinch-hitting option. ... Girardi said he would sort out his rotation past Pettitte in the next couple of days, and address his lineup Saturday.