The controversial Yankees player is close to another milestone. Fans didn’t think he would be this good after being suspended for all of last season.
Alex Rodriguez reached 2,999 hits with a pair of singles, and Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner each went deep, leading the New York Yankees to a 9-4 victory over the disappointing Miami Marlins on Thursday night. “I don’t even know how to describe it. It feels great,” Rodriguez said. “Every time moments like that happen, I can just reflect on a year ago today.”
A-Rod, now sixty-six games into his return from a long suspension, hit an RBI single early on for the second straight game, flied out in the third and hit a sharp grounder two innings later to move within one of the milestone.
Fans Were Ready
He would have a chance to get to 3,000 but lined out as fans had their cameras ready for the moment. “The fans just want to see the players do well, that’s the bottom line, and he has done well,” manager Joe Girardi said in explaining the support for Rodriguez. “Sometimes people pull for people to fight back and get back up, when they’ve been knocked down.”
Marlins reliever Sam Dyson did not want to go into the books as the guy that gave up the single and threw four inside pitches at him. “I threw him four fastballs inside. That was the sequence,” Dyson said. “If he was gonna beat me he was gonna have to get the head out. I ended up throwing four balls kind of at his belt, not the plate.”
The crowd was not happy about his pitches and booed him for most of his time in the mound. “It is what it is,” Dyson said of the jeers. “I tried beating him with my best stuff.”
The Yankees tried to get him to bat one more time by sending six men to the plate after his walk. Catcher Brian McCann had an RBI single and Stephen Drew added a sacrifice fly in the inning.
The Yankees tied it at three in the sixth, and Beltran ended up putting them ahead with a drive to the left off Mike Dunn. Veteran pitcher CC Sabathia had a decent outing, giving up three runs in six innings, allowing Giancarlo Stanton’s major league-leading 25th homer, as the Yankees came out with the victory. “It’s hard for me. It’s difficult not being the guy I used to be, going deep in the games,” Sabathia said. “I just go out there as hard as I can until I’m done.”
Chasen Shreve, now 4-1, gave up a hit in one inning for the W. The Yankees took two victories from the Marlins in a four game, home and home series that began in South Florida.
The Marlins got help from their star, Giancarlo Stanton, who has 13 homers in his last 23 games. “It just shows you how special he truly is,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. “On any given swing he can leave the ballpark. We’re watching him become more of a complete hitter.”
This year’s acquisition, Latos, gave up nine hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. This was his second start since coming off the disabled list a few days ago.
Marlins: Martin Prado (right shoulder) was put on the disabled list.
Yankees: Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) ran around the bases during batting practice. It was first thought that Ellsbury would go to the Yankees’ complex in Florida for rehab after the two games in Miami, but he returned to New York with the team.
Baseball’s Hall of Fame said A-Rod has given them the bat he used to get his 2,000th RBI last week against Baltimore. The bat will be displayed in the Today’s Game exhibit for all the baseball fans to see.
Yankees: Adam Warren, 4-4, starts against the Detroit Tigers. Warren has a good 2.81 ERA in his losses.
Marlins: Dan Haren, 6-3, will go up against the Cincinnati Reds. He has not had a very good time at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, with a 5.59 ERA in six games, five of them starts.