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Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 4:14 pm
 

A-Rod has grudge against Torre

Joe Torre The Yankees visit Dodger Stadium and former manager Joe Torre this weekend, but it doesn't look like it's going to be a warm and fuzzy reunion for Torre and Alex Rodriguez.

"Business as usual," Rodriguez told the New York Post. "I am not going to get into that."

That's in strong contrast to Rodriguez's Yankees teammates, who have spoken glowingly this week of their former manager, who brought four titles to the Bronx and now manages the Dodgers.

Of course, his teammates didn't take the beating Rodriguez did in Torre's candid book "The Yankee Years," in which Torre revealed that teammates called Rodriguez "A-Fraud" and discussed Rodriguez's seemingly obsessive interest in Derek Jeter.

"I am sorry to hear that because I didn't think I had a bad relationship with Alex at all," Torre said when told of Rodriguez's apparent grudge. 

"I don’t think I violated anything with Alex [in the book]. I am sorry if he feels that way."

Rodriguez isn't the only one at odds with Torre over the book. Yankees GM Brian Cashman, for one, hasn't spoken to Torre since the book came out.

-- David Andriesen


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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Yankees should look into getting backup infielder

Alex Rodriguez On Saturday, Derek Jeter sat out with a heel problem while Alex Rodriguez, recuperating from a sore hip, DH'ed.

That left Ramiro Pena (pictured talking to Rodriguez) at shortstop and Kevin Russo at third base.

Pena, 24, is hitting .190/.235/.206 on the season in 63 at-bats while Russo, 25, isn't much better with a .196/.260/.239 line. The Yankees, for their $206 million payroll, have gone cheap with backup bench infielders and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports feels the Yankees need to be on the hunt for better solutions.

While the squad isn't looking for help currently, Rosenthal looks ahead to September and thinks New York may need a body ready. With the AL East race as tight as it is, the Yankees may not be able to afford to rest him in September. As he's battling hip issues, he may be relegated to DH and Pena or Russo at third base for any length of time is not palatable. For Jeter's part, he's no spring chicken and is on pace for one of the poorest seasons in his career.

Rosenthal has trouble naming viable candidates, however. Omar Infante of the Braves and Macier Izturis of the Angels won't be available, while the Royals' Willie Bloomquist and Toronto's John McDonald don't represent a significant offensive upgrade. The same is true for Jayson Nix, recently designated for assignment by the White Sox. The Cubs' Ryan Theriot is a possibility if his slump continues, and Geoff Blum could be had -- except Blum has no recent extended time at short.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, however, has said that Bloomquist is one of the best utility players in the game and Blum at the very least would be a solid option at third base.

In addition, the Milwaukee Brewers have Craig Counsell, who has the defense and the offense that could do well as a backup in New York. The Arizona Diamondbacks could dangle Augie Ojeda, although the 35-year-old is having a horrific season at the plate, albeit in just 30 at-bats.

The Yankees are expected to pursue a hitter as they near the trade deadline, but Rosenthal has it right: the team should be proactive and acquire a solid utility infielder to protect against any injury impacting the stretch drive. Sometimes, pennats are won and lost by the obsure players.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 19, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Jeter scratched from Yankees' lineup


Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees lineup on Saturday with a bruised right heel and Ramiro Pena will get the start at shortstop against the Mets.

Jeter hurt his foot in Friday's game and is in a slump. Jeter has just one hit in his last 20 at-bats and "Captain Clutch" failed to live up to his name Friday night, as he struck out on three pitches with bases loaded and one out with the bases loaded. In June, Jeter is hitting just .209. That's still better than his replacement, Pena is hitting  .186 on the season.

Alex Rodriguez played third base last night, so he is the designated hitter today, with Jorge Posada behind the plate for the first time since Wednesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:46 pm
 

AL All-Star voting


Major League Baseball released an update on voting for the American League All-Star team today, and all the position leaders maintained and increased their leads.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is far and away the biggest vote-getter in the AL with 2,617,822 -- that's more than half a million more than the second-highest vote-getter, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

The Rangers' Nelson Cruz is hanging onto the third and final starting outfield spot, but teammate Josh Hamilton, who's batting .412 this month, is rising fast. He's in fourth place, about 87,000 votes back.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 9:40 am
 

Baseball's nice guys

Sports Illustrated surveyed 347 major league players recently, asking them, "Who is the nicest player in the game?"

The winner was Mariners DH Mike Sweeney, with 20 percent of the votes. Sort of ironic that this comes during a season in which the only news Sweeney has made was when he offered to fight any teammates who told a reporter that Ken Griffey Jr. was napping in the clubhouse during a game.

The rest of the Top 5 nice guys: Jim Thome (17 percent), Johnny Damon (5 percent), Derek Jeter (5 percent) and Raul Ibanez (5 percent).

Apparently people get nicer as they age. The average age of the top five is 36.8.

-- David Andriesen

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