(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
It is always difficult to put much stock in these kinds of things. It is not surprising that Alex Rodriguez is not a popular player among players. For one, he makes more money than any of them. Then there was the Dallas Braden incident and the time an A-Rod shout caused a third baseman to drop a ball. Those things are not considered cool it seems. There is the PED thing. Occasionally, you will see a story that he is unpopular in the Yankees’ clubhouse. But things seem fine on the field, so who knows.
Nick Swisher finishing third is a surprise and it is not a surprise. Swisher plays with a lot of enthusiasm and fun. That makes him a darling of the Yankee fans and is not appreciated by opposing teams. Some of his celebrations for recent homers were considered inappropriate. His teammates seemed bemused with him. Any time you express joy in baseball at something you did well, it can be misinterpreted as showing the other team up.…
This was a game that will keep the Braves and their fans mumbling to themselves for quite a while. The Braves had runners on in every inning of the game and stranded thirteen runners. They also hit into a key double-play to void another scoring opportunity. Yankees pitchers put runners on base the entire night but the Braves could not get the hit they needed to capitalize. Kuroda was in trouble nearly every inning. He allowed nine hits and two walks but always came up with a key strikeout when he needed it. Kuroda struck out eight Braves in his six innings.
The Yankee bullpen followed suit. Boone Logan was the first up in the bottom of the seventh. Logan struck out Brian McCann to start the inning but then walked Dan Uggla. Uggla then went to second on a wild pitch. Logan then walked Chipper Jones. With runners on first and second and only one out, Logan then got Jason Heyward to bounce into a fielder’s choice and Eric Hinske popped out to shallow center to end the inning.…
Adams went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Gil went 3-3 with two runs scored, a homer and four RBIs. Zoilo Almonte went 2-4 with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base. Mikey O’Brien made the start and went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, three walks and six Ks.
Trenton swept the doubleheader, beating Altoona 2-0:
The game was scoreless through three innings before Trenton scored in the top of the fourth. Zoilo Almonte singled to left and stole second. He scored on Johnson’s single to center. Abraham Almonte led off the top of the sixth with a triple to right, scoring on a single from Jose Pirela, giving the Thunder some insurance, as they took the 2-0 victory. Zoilo went 2-2 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base. He was the only batter with multiple hits. Vidal Nino threw 5.1 innings and kept the Curve scoreless on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. …
|New York Yankees||Atlanta Braves|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Michael Bourn, CF|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||Martin Prado, LF|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||Brian McCann, C|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Dan Uggla, 2B|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Chipper Jones, 3B|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||Jason Heyward, RF|
|Nick Swisher, RF||Eric Hinske, 1B|
|Russell Martin, C||Andrelton Simmons, SS|
|Hiroki Kuroda, SP||Tim Hudson, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., on the YES...