A-Rod Hitless In ALDS; Boo Birds Already Out At Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Sensing a comeback, the fans at Yankee Stadium were rocking.

Alex Rodriguez entered the batter’s box to a swelling applause. He exited to Bronx cheers.

Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit gave up a homer to Curtis Granderson in the eighth inning but got Rodriguez, 0 for 8 in the series, and Mark Teixeira to pop out, eliciting boos from many of the 50,596 in attendance.

“I don’t have any plans of changing my lineup,” said Girardi, when asked about Rodriguez’s struggles. “I’m not going to make too much of two games.”

In the ninth, Detroit closer Jose Valverde walked Granderson to put runners on first and second in the ninth, but he recovered to retire the dangerous Robinson Cano and finish the Tigers’ 5-3 victory over New York on Sunday that evened the AL division series at one game apiece.

“There’s no need to get emotional,” A-Rod said. “You really have to stay in the moment. Like Phil Jackson, you have to go into a little bit of a zen mode.”

A-Rod admitted that sure, he hasn’t had great swings in the series. But that could turn around quickly.

“One thing about the playoffs is one at-bat, one pitch can make a big difference,” he said. “I’m assuming over the next day or two or three there’s going to be some big at-bats that I’m going to be ready for. Two outs, scoring position all over the place, and that’s something that I relish.”

Playing on the scheduled travel day because rain interrupted Game 1, the Tigers now fly home with a chance to take command of the series, just as they did in 2006, when they lost the opener in New York before sweeping three straight.

In a rematch, of sorts, CC Sabathia is scheduled to start Game 3 against Justin Verlander, a 24-game winner. The two All-Stars faced each other in the series opener Friday night, but the game was suspended after only 1½ innings.

Facing Verlander will be tough for A-Rod, who according to hitting coach Kevin Long is “a tick late” swinging at fastballs. That likely means a steady diet of two- and four-seamers.

“That’s OK,” said Long. “We want him to see fastballs.”

Long also had a message for the Yankee Stadium fans.

“If we want to beat him up over two games, certainly people have the right to do that,” said Long. “I just don’t think it’s fair.”

Is it too early to get on A-Rod? Be heard in the comments below…

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  • Jaco

    A-Rod contributes nothing on offense. Nothing! Why is he batting clean up? Ridiculous! The Yankees will get nothing from A-Rod and will probably be bounced out by the Tigers.

  • B. Cashman

    A-Roid / A-Fraud or “A-Rod the stat accumulator” is just not as good as people say he is. NOT clutch at all. Very good at dating cute Hollywood starlets however!

    • FYI

      hey jerk-off, first it shows you’re not a Yankees fan, but a fan of some loser team like the Roid Mets (Piazza, LoDuda) or Roid Sox (Ramirez, Ortiz).

      Second, the Yankees won in ’09, just two yrs ago, and it was A-Rod who had the best post season of all the Yankees. The Yankees do not win without A-Rod

      Third, & more important, you need to get your head out of your *ss and pay attention to what’s happening in the real world and not that make believe f*ck-up world you live in.

      Forth, same goes for all those other losers who have posted something negative about A-Rod. Know what the hell you’re talking about.

      • John L

        Hey FYI- you are the jerkoff

        • FYI

          that’s not what your mom told me, she’s the one that jerked me off

  • A-Rod Playes for Us?

    He’s getting paid a ton of money to produce! So far there is a big fat goose egg for all his stats this post season. I wish I could call in sick for several months and not do any work at the office and still get a salary. I’d be out of a job, All A-Rod gets is some honest boos.

  • Ace

    ALEX deserves the boos. It’s more than 2 games, it’s the constant injuries, verifying he’s in decline’s from roid usage.

    He’s invisible anyway in the lineup, who needs him! Yankees have 7 more years of this a-FRUAD.

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