New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the 2nd inning against the Detroit Tigers during game two of the 2012 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
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DETROIT -- Alex Rodriguez was not on the field for much of the ALCS, but he was playing the field.
A New York Yankees front office official confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Thursday that the embattled third baseman was trying to pick up women after he had been removed from last Saturday's Game 1 in New York. The official requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Rodriquez was getting almost as much media attention for flirting with two women in the stands as he was for being benched during a postseason series.
Rodriguez has denied he was flirting during the game, according to the New York Post, and has said he would not talk about his personal life.
He did, however, talk about his professional life after the team was eliminated from the postseason by the Tigers on Thursday. He said he has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause and plans to return next season to the Yankees.
"That's correct,'' Rodriguez said. "I have a lot to prove. And I'll come back on a mission.''
Rodriguez, benched three times and taken out three times for a pinch-hitter, batted just .120 in the series. He didn't start the last two games of the American League Championship Series.
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