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NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez experienced a stiff neck during batting practice on Monday at Yankee Stadium and was moved to designated hitter in the Yankees’ lineup.
Rodriguez had been slated to play third base, batting third, as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Blue Jays. He remained in the same lineup spot, but Eric Chavez – batting eighth – moved from DH to third base.
Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the Yankees’ 10-8 loss to the Angels on Sunday, popping out with the bases loaded against Kevin Jepsen for the final out. He has 11 hits in his last 30 at-bats but is 4-for-13 on the homestand.
NEW YORK – With one swing, Alex Rodriguez matched Eddie Murray on baseball’s all-time RBIs list and pushed Derek Jeter past Ted Williams on the all-time runs scored list.
Rodriguez’s first-inning single to center field off the Mets’ Dillon Gee on Saturday knocked home Jeter and accounted for Rodriguez’s 1,917th career RBI, tying Murray for seventh place all-time.
Jeter’s run scored was the 1,800th of his career, moving past Williams for sole possession of 17th place all-time. Rodriguez’s hit gave the Yankees an early 1-0 lead in the Subway Series contest.
Only a fraction of the announced crowd of 39,229 hung around to see the final pitch of Monday’s 6-0 Yankees loss to the Royals. In fact, a large amount of that number probably never entered the building at all on a rainy, raw evening in the Bronx.
Those who did brave the elements for a three-hour, 10-minute affair in which the Bombers fared 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position wanted to have their voices heard, and understandably so. There were boos when Alex Rodriguez grounded out in the eighth, followed by weak strikeouts from Raul Ibanez and Nick Swisher.
The jeering continued as the Yankees wasted Mark Teixeira’s ninth-inning leadoff double with three straight outs — even though, despite the message of that classic Animal House clip where John Belushi says, “Nothing is over until we say it is,” it was indeed pretty much over by that point.
A-Rod, who finished the night 2-for-4 with a double, said that he heard the booing and didn’t have a problem with it.
“Without a question, these are the greatest fans in the world,” Rodriguez said. “They’re passionate. We all have the same frustration, we’re all working hard. But the one thing [is], we’re a confident bunch, we’re working hard, and we will turn this around. No doubt about it.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi chalked the booing up as “part of the game,” and though he phrased his words carefully, he seemed to be able to sympathize with the sentiment.
“You’re going to hear it on the road, you’re going to hear it at home when you don’t play well,” Girardi said. “And it’s because our fans have passion and they want to win, and I understand that. So do the guys in that room. If they’re unhappy with us, believe me, we’re probably unhappier.”
Alex Rodriguez’s infield roller eluded the grasp of Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera and was ruled a run-scoring single in the second inning on Sunday, marking Rodriguez’s 1,903rd career run batted in. A-Rod then added RBI No. 1,904 on a seventh-inning ground ball to shortstop, scoring Chris Stewart from third base underneath catcher Gerald Laird’s tag.
That surpasses Hall of Famer Willie Mays for sole possession of ninth place on baseball’s all-time RBIs list, according to MLB.com. Next up on the list is Eddie Murray, who drove in 1,917 runs.
Also on Sunday, Curtis Granderson worked a second-inning, bases-loaded walk from the Tigers’ Max Scherzer for his 500th career RBI.
NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez hit the 630th home run of his Major League career on Friday, tying Ken Griffey, Jr. for fifth place on baseball’s all-time list.
Rodriguez collected his first homer and RBI of the season in the third inning, belting a shot to center field off the Angels’ Ervin Santana. The blast landed in the netting covering Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
Moved to the No. 3 spot in New York’s lineup for Friday’s game, the 36-year-old Rodriguez will next pursue Willie Mays’ mark of 660 home runs, in fourth place on the all-time list. Rodriguez is also following Babe Ruth (714), Henry Aaron (755) and all-time leader Barry Bonds (762).
Of Rodriguez’s home runs, 285 have been hit in a Yankees uniform. He had 189 with the Mariners and 156 with the Rangers. Reggie Jackson and Darrell Evans are the only other players to have hit 100 or more home runs with three different teams.
Alex Rodriguez called the area that the new, beautiful Marlins Park sits in “my hood” and fondly recalled taking three or four buses to watch Dan Marino play at the Orange Bowl. As a Miami resident, he feels a certain pride in being able to be one of the first to ever set foot on the field here.
“Obviously I don’t want to be corny and cheesy because it is a spring training game and all that, but for me this is a very special day,” Rodriguez said. “I never imagined as a child that such a beautiful stadium would be built in the middle of Miami. I’m certainly very proud of the city of Miami and the Marlins to be able to achieve this in my hometown.”
A-Rod said the Marlins invited him a few times to take a tour this past winter, but he wanted his first day at the stadium to be with the Yankees.
“I’ll tell you, I get chills,” Rodriguez said. “I’m a little emotional because I’m right down the street. I get to share this with my family and friends today, my two daughters will be here, they’re super excited. Look, we know what Yankee Stadium means to us in New York; it means the world. It has been a big success for us and I really hope that it’s a huge success not only for Major League Baseball but for Jeff and the Marlins.”
“Linsanity; wow, what a run,” Rodriguez said Saturday, as he took a break from discussing baseball topics during his 23-minute news conference. “You look at the Giants, you look at Linsanity, there’s been so many great things happening in New York, we kind of feel like we want to jump in the party.
“The great thing about Linsanity is it kind of reminds you how fun the game should be. For some of us that have been playing for a long time, if just for one second you’ve taken the game for granted, it makes you realize how much fun the game is.”
Lin has reportedly upgraded from sleeping on the couches of his brother and a teammate to a posh two-bedroom apartment at New York’s W Downtown Hotel, but A-Rod said that he’d be more than willing to have Lin stop by as a house guest.
“If he’s still looking for a place to crash, maybe he can crash at my apartment,” Rodriguez said, adding, “Imagine the tabloids then?”
Raul Ibanez noticed Alex Rodriguez before many of us had even heard his name. Ibanez can recall the exact moment: both were property of the Seattle Mariners, getting their respective starts playing in the Instructional League in Arizona late in 1993.
The sound of the ball coming off A-Rod’s bat, exploding out of the batting cage and rocketing toward the outfield walls, demanded attention from anyone within a certain distance.
“I watched him in the cage hitting, and I was catching a bullpen,” Ibanez recalled on Saturday, as he reported to George M. Steinbrenner Field for his first spring with the Yankees. “And I said, ‘Who is that kid?’ They said it was the first-round pick, and I said, ‘That’s the next Juan Gonzalez.’”
That was high praise then; in 1993 with the Rangers, Gonzalez led the league with 46 homers and a .632 slugging percentage, finishing fourth in the MVP balloting. Years later, though, Ibanez and the rest of the world would see A-Rod eclipse even those lofty projections.
“Of course, I was off. I’ve apologized since,” Ibanez said. “At the time, it seemed like a really big call.”
The 36-year-old Rodriguez told ESPN Deportes that he expects several players to help fill New York’s DH role this season, in the wake of last week’s trade that sent power-hitting prospect Jesus Montero to the Mariners.
“I think the vision for us as a team is now … you want the DH spot to be one that’s kind of a revolving door,” he said in the interview. “I think a lot of us at some point or another, in such a long season, are going occupy that spot. But for me, I’m really excited about playing third base.”
Rodriguez said that he is proceeding on track this winter after visiting a German doctor in early December to undergo Orthokine treatment on his troublesome right knee and left shoulder.
The procedure, which was vetted by the Yankees in cooperation with Major League Baseball, was recommended to Rodriguez by basketball star Kobe Bryant. Rodriguez was treated by Dr. Peter Wehling in Dusseldorf.
“I feel pretty good right now and I hope that (the procedure) helps me stay healthy and have … a great year on the field,” Rodriguez said. “My workouts are going great and I’m looking forward to report day on Feb. 24 (to) get started and have a great year for the Yankees.”
Mariano Rivera dropped some unexpected news yesterday, telling reporters at a charity event in New Rochelle, N.Y. that he may need surgery on his vocal cords. The Yankees closer has been bothered by a raspy voice for about a month.
“Every time I talk, it gets worse and worse,” Rivera said, according to the New York Daily News. “I thought it was a little simple thing and I went to the doctor and she said they might have to do something. I think they have to scrape them.”
While Rivera said that there’s no simple procedure when it comes to surgery, the Yankees can be pleased that at least the problem isn’t with Rivera’s right arm. He also wouldn’t tip his hand as far as what he’s thinking about beyond 2012, as Rivera enters the final season of a two-year, $30 million deal.
Also in Hot Stove news…
- Hitting coach Kevin Long thinks a rested Alex Rodriguez can return to form in 2012, according to the Bergen Record.