- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Jorge Posada has asked out of the New York Yankees‘ lineup after the slumping designated hitter was dropped to No. 9 in the batting order.

Posada, hitting. 165 this season, was in the original lineup posted by manager Joe Girardi for Saturday night’s game against the rival Boston Red Sox. But general manager Brian Cashman says Posada went into Girardi’s office about 6 p.m. and requested that he be removed.

Around 40 minutes before gametime, the Yankees announced that Posada had been scratched from the lineup and replaced by Andruw Jones at DH.

Cashman says the move had nothing to do with an injury, but wouldn’t comment on whether Posada had been insubordinate. Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo says Posada intends to speak with reporters after the game.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Jorge Posada was a late scratch from the New York Yankees‘ lineup Saturday night after manager Joe Girardi initially dropped the slumping designated hitter to No. 9 in the order.

Andruw Jones replaced Posada at DH and batted ninth against Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett. The Yankees did not say why Posada was pulled about 40 minutes before the first pitch.

Slumping all season in his new role as DH, the 39-year-old Posada was batting .165 with six homers and 15 RBIs.

With the Yankees struggling to get big hits lately, Girardi said it was time to make a switch in an attempt to get some of his sluggers going. He moved scuffling Nick Swisher down to eighth in the order and put Posada in the No. 9 hole.

“It’s all right. Just move some people around, get a W or two and get rolling again,” Posada said, adding that Girardi informed him of the lineup decision earlier in the day.

The Yankees say the last time Posada hit ninth was exactly 12 years ago, on May 14, 1999, against the Chicago White Sox.

“The only way I’m coming out of hitting ninth is just producing, and that’s the bottom line,” Posada said before batting practice. “I put myself in this spot. It’s not like I want to hit ninth and it’s not like I want to hit a hundred and whatever I’m hitting. Just a matter of really coming out of it.

“We’re going through a little funk right now and it’s a matter of really producing.”

A proud and respected veteran who has helped New York win five World Series titles, Posada does have four hits in his last 12 at-bats. But after getting ahead 3-0 in a key at-bat Friday night, he grounded out against hard-throwing Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard to strand the potential tying runs in scoring position.

More than three hours before Saturday’s game, Posada said he’s felt much better at the plate since a series at Detroit last week. But he said he understood the decision by Girardi, who moved up Russell Martin and Brett Gardner in the batting order.

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