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A Little A-Rod Goes A Long Ways…

 

A “Half Day Off” works…

 

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With the installation of Alex Rodriguez at DH last night, Joe Girardi coined the term “half day off” when describing A-Rod’s temporary switch from third.  The result?  Very good, as evidenced by the towering two-run homer to dead center in the 6th to cap the scoring in the Yankees’ 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

 

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The homer came after Ken Griffey, Jr. had tied the score at 2 in the top half of the inning with his 621st career home run.  Griffey has now hit home runs in 44 stadiums, and trails only Sammy Sosa (by one stadium).

 

 

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A-Rod’s home run was the 566th of his career, and he trails Rafael Palmeiro by 3 for 10th place on the All-Time HR List.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau (per The New York Times), the last time a game featured home runs by two players with at least 550 career home runs was May 8, 1971.  On that date, the Atlanta Braves defeated the San Francisco Giants, 5-2, at Candlestick Park.  The Say Hey Kid, Willie Mays, hit one out in the 6th to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.  Hank Aaron responded with a three-run shot in the 8th as the Braves scored 5 runs to take the game.

 

Hank Aaron and Willie Mays dominated their eras. (Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery / Getty Images)

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A-Rod has been re-energized since the forced days off last weekend.  In his last 7 games, he is batting .435 (10-for-23), with 4 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, and 10 walks.  It is a huge contrast to the lethargic A-Rod we had seen in the weeks prior to the time off. 

“There’s no question I feel more energetic,” A-Rod said. “The swing only comes if you feel you have fuel in the tank.”

 

To the delight of Yankee Stadium fans, Alex Rodriguez rounds third after his two-run, six-inning broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the difference in the Yanks' 4-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday. (JIM McISSAC / Getty Images)

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Andy Pettitte, who struggled in earlier home starts at the new Stadium, was very effective, and picked up his 8th win of the season.  With Andy, you are never quite sure what you are going to get, but he managed to overcome the loss of two leads and persevered to get the win.  It seems as though he has finally learned how to pitch in the new Stadium.  His numbers at home had been significantly worse than his road stats.  He recognizes that the hits and homers will happen, but his job is to limit the damage and keep his team in the game.  It’s a skill that Andy is very good at…

 

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Johnny Damon had started the scoring with a home run of his own during the 3rd inning.

 

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Melky Cabrera also added a solo shot in the 5th, which stood upon completion of a video replay by the officials. 

 

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The Yankees have now won seven games in a row, and remain 2 ½ games behind the Boston Red Sox.  While the Yanks didn’t gain any ground on the Red Sox, they did pick up a game on the hard charging Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays’ seven-game winning streak was snapped in a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

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In a down note, it has been determined, as expected, that Xavier Nady does need reconstructive elbow surgery.  Everyone is saying positive words of encouragement, but it will be a long, uphill battle for Nady.  This will be Nady’s second Tommy John surgery.  It will be performed next Wednesday, and the recovery time is generally 10-12 months.  Our hearts go out to Nady.  He’s been the consummate team guy and I hope he’ll be playing on the ball field again soon.

 

 

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