American League Championship Series
“I just say to him, ‘You’re Alex Rodriguez,’” Bryant said. “‘You’re A-Rod. You’re one of the best to ever do it.’ I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time.”
It’s the second time that A-Rod has been benched this postseason. He’s 3-for-26 in the playoffs so far, and is 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers.
“I just have to go out there and pitch, that’s all it boils down to,” Hughes said. “(I can’t) really worry about being down 0-2 or that Verlander is on the mound or that we don’t have our captain. Those sorts of things are going to be wasted energy.”
Jeter reportedly first experienced left ankle issues in early September, and he exacerbated the area with the foul tip in mid-September. He was also said to have injured the same ankle, in a different place, in the last game of the regular season.
An MRI on Derek Jeter’s lower leg did not show extensive ligament damage, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported. However, surgery is “likely” for the iconic shortstop.
“This is a very easy place to play now,” said Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry, according to a report. “Coming from Oakland, the fans there were so rowdy. It was easier to come here.”
Joe Girardi must finish the job. He took the first step when he put Alex Rodriguez (.083 in the series) on the bench in the ninth inning on Wednesday night and had Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for him. He must now leave him there.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Hughes. “I’ve been looking forward to this, and it’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a good atmosphere here and something I really look forward to.”
Injured and defeated in a playoff game against the Boston Red Sox, Roger Clemens asked for the man who could “push his buttons.” He asked for Brian McNamee.
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