By Matt Snyder
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has the flu and was removed from the starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the Red Sox. (Ken Davidoff via Twitter ) Eric Chavez got the start at the hot corner in A-Rod's absence.
Rodriguez has stormed out of the gate in 2011, swinging a hot bat from the get-go. He's hitting .321 with three home runs and a 1.155 OPS through eight games.
Chavez, 33, was once one of the better third basemen in the league, but bad injury woes nearly ended his career. He hasn't played more than 90 games since 2006. He did play well in the spring and catch on with the Yankees as a backup and has swung the bat well in his limited regular-season action (3-6 with two doubles).
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