A-Rod still believes in A-Rod, you can bet on it

Alex Rodriguez had a meek RBI groundout in the first off Justin Verlander. He struck out and he walked twice.

He said he felt better in Game 3 than he did in Game 2 when Yankees fans booed him in the Bronx. As for Game 4, he still believes in himself.

"Every time," said Rodriguez, who is 0-for-10 in the series. "Every time, every time. I don't want to say bet on me."

Rodriguez then laughed, recalling his in-season controversy.

"But no question, I relish every opportunity to go to the plate."

A-Rod again went to a basketball reference to address the situation. In the first, the Yankees put up two runs off a reeling Verlander, but didn't blow the game open.

"When they gave us our free throws, we made them, and that's the most important thing," Rodriguez said. … "It's hard to score three or four or five runs off Verlander, so I thought we got our goal accomplished in the first inning.

Overall, they didn't accomplish what they needed to and now must rely on A.J. Burnett.

"A.J. has it in him," Rodriguez said. "We saw it in '09, his stuff has been really good lately, and we've got to score