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Anyone who has watched the Yankees during the three weeks since Alex Rodriguez's return from offseason hip surgery doesn't need a data set to tell them 16 games of A-Rod has been exponentially better than four months of his subpar replacements.
But we have the data, so why not look through it?
Entering Saturday night, non-Rodriguez Yankees third basemen had hit .214 with a .256 on-base...Read more »
Alex Rodriguez back at shortstop? The concept may not be so farfetched.
With Derek Jeter still rehabbing his calf strain, and Jayson Nix likely out for the rest of the season with a fractured hand, the Yankees are playing with a three-man bench consisting of one outfielder (Brett Gardner or Vernon Wells), one catcher (Austin Romine or Chris Stewart) and one first baseman (Lyle Overbay or Mark Reynolds).
Manager Joe Girardi said he preferred the extra pitching that keeping Preston Claiborne affords, given that both long-men Adam Warren and David Huff were used extensively during Wednesday's win.
So what happens if regular shortstop Eduardo Nunez, still playing with a tight hamstring, is unable to complete a game?
“[Vernon Wells] lobbied yesterday, and I said, ‘I don’t think so Vern,’” Girardi said Thursday morning. “I have some ideas.
“You start thinking, how many people do you want to move around for one position? So I have some ideas. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.”
How about the Yankees current third baseman? You know, the one who used to play a pretty good shortstop before ceding the position to accommodate Jeter?
“I said ‘I have some ideas,’” Girardi said to laughter. “I have a left fielder that’s played second base, too.”
That last comment could mean Girardi doesn’t want to open the A-Rod-to-shortstop Pandora’s box and would instead prefer to shift Alfonso Soriano to second, the position he played during his first stint with the Yankees, and free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano to short.
But Pandora's box would be a pretty interesting option, too.
Jeter begins his rehab assignment Thursday in Scranton for at least two games.
With the Yankees hosting a doubleheader Tuesday against the Blue Jays, there’s the potential for one day filled with twice the amount of all that comes with Alex Rodriguez.
At the very least, he'll have played in both games.
After Monday’s off day, A-Rod played third base and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first game. Rodriguez was in the lineup for the second game,...Read more »
There is an intersection, normally begrudgingly admitted to by both sides, where stat mongers (like myself) and practitioners of the "eye test" meet.
Much as he's in the middle of everything else right now, Alex Rodriguez is also directing traffic at that intersection.
Anyone who's watched the Yankees during the two weeks since A-Rod's return from offseason hip surgery (and...Read more »
"60 Minutes" is reporting Friday that members of Alex Rodriguez's "inner circle" leaked documents implicating Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs investigation.
The people involved reportedly gave the documents to Yahoo! Sports shortly after the Biogenesis scandal broke in late January. Braun and Cervelli...Read more »
Alex Rodriguez still has some of his old bat speed.
The embattled Yankees third baseman homered on the second pitch he saw off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, slamming a 92 mph fastball to left field. The solo shot led off the bottom of the second inning and tied the score at 1-1.
It was the first home run Rodriguez hit since returning to the Yankees on Monday in Chicago following offseason...Read more »
Major League Baseball suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez 211 games and handed out 50-game suspensions to 12 other baseball players Monday afternoon. Needless to say, there was no shortage of reaction on Twitter.
Check out some of the top Twitter reactions to the suspensions from baseball players past and present. We'll be updating this post as more athletes speak out. (Newsday...Read more »
Alex Rodriguez, in a new statement Thursday, says he’s ready to play and wants to be in the Yankees' lineup Friday night.
“Enough doctors, let’s play,” Rodriguez said in a statement sent to a number of media outlets.
The Yankees' third baseman has yet to play at the MLB level this season and has been sidelined since Sunday with what the Yankees’ doctor called a Grade 1 strain of his...Read more »
In the wake of Ryan Braun’s suspension, Alex Rodriguez is planning to appeal any possible suspension and does not intend on trying to work out a deal with Major League Baseball, according to USA Today.
MLB plans to suspend Rodriguez for at least 100 games “for his role with Biogenesis, alleged lies about past performance-enhancing drug use and possible interference in the investigation,”...Read more »
In a late lineup move, Alex Rodriguez has been moved from third base to designated hitter in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's lineup because of tightness in his left quadriceps, the Yankees announced less than an hour before the scheduled first pitch for the RailRiders' game against Louisville on Saturday.
Rodriguez went 2-for-4 as the designated hitter for the RailRiders on Friday.
Before...Read more »