Off the Yankees game, I wrote about the Alex Rodriguez incident. I just love a saga like that, and looking at it from all of the different angles. Of course it was Lance Berkman, the struggling newbie, who nailed A-Rod with the batting-practice line drive. Of course A-Rod said hi to Joe Buck moments before he got hit.
Of course Ramiro Pena stepped in and had a good day. And of course Derek Jeter exhibited as much sympathy for A-Rod as he did for Jeremy Giambi in 2001.
There's a saying among those of us who spend our lives documenting activities in the Bronx: "The Yankees always provide." And right now, there's no greater provider on the Yankees than A-Rod.
--Joe Girardi admitted to having a catching rotation, which is quite a concession from the secretive Yankees skipper. I'd expect to see that rotation carry through into the postseason, as Girardi did last October with A.J. Burnett and Jose Molina. But whereas Posada didn't start those games, with Hideki Matsui serving as the designated hitter, I'd expect Posada to start at DH unless Berkman improves.
--John Lackey didn't think he pitched poorly for the Red Sox, and Terry Francona spoke of how much the organization loved Lackey. Yet if we were to mix in truth serum with New England clam chowder, and then served that to Red Sox officials, they'd surely confess to their disappointment with Lackey. He just hasn't been as good as Boston hoped.
--Here's my Sunday Insider, focusing on Yu Darvish and the possibility that he'll be posted by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters this winter, and also featuring an item on Gil Hodges inspired by a question asked by NaOH here on the blog.
The big story of the day for the Mets, however, was the roster reshuffling. If Ruben Tejada can use these last eight weeks to show that he's worthy of being the team's second baseman, then the Mets will have every reason to pay Luis Castillo's way out of town this weekend. Because Tejada will be essentially a minimum-wage player next season, there won't be much of a difference between using Castillo and paying him to play elsewhere in return for a prospect (or even a suspect).
As for Fernando Martinez, I guess there's not much harm in trying there. But I'm just as curious to see the Mets' other minor-league outfielders, Lucas Duda and Kirk Niewuenhuis, as F-Mart.
--These moves are just the start, as David Lennon wrote.
--What a crazy day for the Blue Jays and Tampa Bay.
--Have a great day. I'll be at Red Sox-Yankees tonight.