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Fenway to host start of A-Rod’s farewell week

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Alex Rodriguez announced Sunday that his final major league games will be this week, starting with three at Fenway Park.Jim McIsaac

Alex Rodriguez has played 131 games at Fenway Park starting with his major league debut on July 8, 1994, when he went hitless against Chris Nabholz .

Other than his home parks in Seattle, Texas, and New York, Rodriguez has played more games at Fenway than anywhere else.

It is expected he will add at least one more game to that list this week before the Yankees release him following their game Friday and he becomes a special adviser and instructor.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has not specified how he plans to use Rodriguez in the three-game series that starts Tuesday night. But indications are the 41-year-old Rodriguez will play in some capacity for at least one game. Starting against lefthander Drew Pomeranz on Wednesday night is one possibility.


Rodriguez has hit .287 at Fenway with an .880 OPS. Of his 696 career home runs, 29 have come in Boston, including two this season.

"He had a long go and was one of the best players in the game, if not the best for a long time," righthander Clay Buchholz said. "It's another chapter ending. I'm sure it's hard for him. It's not fun not to be who you think you are."

The Red Sox had on-field ceremonies to honor Mariano Rivera (2013) and Derek Jeter (2014) when they retired. There will be nothing approximating that for Rodriguez, team officials said. If there is a public acknowledgment of his leaving the game, it will be brief.

Unlike the well-respected Rivera and Jeter, Rodriguez is immensely unpopular with Red Sox fans and has been booed loudly for years. A long history of clownish antics have helped make Rodriguez a pariah at Fenway.

With David Ortiz and now Mark Teixeira set to retire after the season, many of the feature players in the once-fierce rivalry between the Sox and Yankees are stepping aside.


"It's time to build something else now," Buchholz said. "We have a lot of young players and they have a lot of young guys coming up. It will change."

Up the Hill

After a slow start with the Sox, Aaron Hill is 9 of 32 (.281) with three extra-base hits and four walks in his last 11 games.

"The more regular at-bats of late certainly have helped," manager John Farrell said. "He has been playing pretty routinely. The more regular at-bats, the better he is going to be."

Hill has been playing regularly against lefthanded pitchers, and even a few righthanders when Travis Shaw has played first base.

Slumping stars

Ortiz has hit .176 (9 of 51) with a .503 OPS in 14 games since July 22. He has three extra-base hits. Dustin Pedroia has hit .241 in that span and Jackie Bradley Jr. .230. As a team, the Red Sox have hit .239 in the last 17 games with the team going 6-11 . . . Rick Porcello, who starts Tuesday, is 10-0 with a 3.21 earned run average in 11 starts at Fenway Park this season . . . Buchholz has a 3.32 ERA in 12 relief appearances. Opponents have hit .188 against him with no home runs in 69 at-bats . . . Hanley Ramirez (left wrist) was limited to a pinch-hit appearance Sunday. He said after the game that he should be ready to play first base against the Yankees . . . The Red Sox bullpen has allowed five earned runs over its last 22 innings.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.