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Alex Rodriguez back in Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon

Sep 17, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays, batting fifth and playing third base.

Rodriguez hasn’t played since September 9 due to a Grade 1 sprain of his left thumb. The injury is expected to linger for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs, but the veteran third baseman is confident that a new grip on the bat will take pressure off the thumb.

Rodriguez, 36, is batting .284/.367/.475 with 15 homers, 56 RBI and an .842 OPS over 390 plate appearances this season. He is 7-for-36 (.194) since returning from knee surgery last month.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    YAY! Although Chavez had two RBI last night, we need to egt ARod play-off ready.
    The new grip on the bat is apparently a piece of tape that keeps his right hand from sliding down on his left thumb during home run swings.

    • drewmunny - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      You couldn’t be more right len. Although Nunez has been more than holding his own, A-Rod is an important presence on the field and in the lineup, particularly during the playoffs (intangibles anyone?). Now if these damn Yankees could just get their act together (against Toronto no less) then maybe us pinstripe faithful could relax a bit in these final few weeks. But with Tampa playing hot and the fact that Boston’s had our number all year long, it’s a bit stressful. Go Yankees!

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        Yankees go home. We owe you a sweep.

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      He’ll be rested, that’s what. Never mind any thumb, he’ll be the one Yankee that doesn’t look like they’ve been up all night with a sick child. I fear a rested ARod particularly one with a comfy swing and something to prove. As has been demonstrated on this very board, when it comes to being a clutch hitter, ARod is actually better than Jeets. By this logic, without ARod they barely lost. With him, they win, QED. So it’s up to the Dugong more than anything, because I see the Yankee bats awake and PO’d. Can the Beaver Men post enough offence to offset what’s going to happen?

      • dailyrev - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        I’m not a fan of the Jays or anyone else for that matter (though I do admire Canada), but the Jays are my team to watch in ’12. Seriously: their pitching is improving, offense is getting really deadly beyond JB, and they have one of the best managers in beisbol. If their GM does his job well this hot stove season (get another starter and fix the bullpen), look out for this club in ’12, they will contend.

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM

        Its the bullpen, IMO, ‘rev. Either overcooked spag or unreliable in the clutch if you don’t count Carreno & Janssen. This is why Drabek is back up for a long look and some other kids are running amok over there. Anthopolous needs to fix that up for the Beaver Hearders to have a chance.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    So far so good. I just came back from my local restaurant, and saw that the game is unfolding nicely.

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      Yeah. Alverez is holding them off. Didn’t think that would be as emphatic as it has been. Truth to tell the Universe has been uninspired. Some keystone cops base running and the Dugong serving up meatballs to the lefties. The Beaver Herders haven’t been lighting up the fielding either (Adam Loewen looked like a pitcher playing left field) but so far their pitching has kept them on course.

      The Dugong is done and its time for some Procter-ology. Tread lightly boys.

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

        Look like ARod’s had plenty of sleep. This will be a test of Alvarez’s character and the Beaver Herder’s fortitude as hitters. Can they hold off The Universe? Still 6 – 5.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM

        The bad news about Arod is that he is on my fantasy team and is a major reason why I am having a so so year. Why did he pick today to wake up?

    • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      proudly- he’s been on mine all year too and I only need his performance this afternoon to make up my deficit this week in the playoffs and a good day tomorrow.

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        Rabbit told me all about your “All Yankee” lineup. That’s not even trying Len. Now if you’d thrown in some Royals and some Orioles that would be muchos respect. But, really, this homerism, just weak (<—–sour grapes).

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        Do you think I could have Jonny5 do a Braves lineup? I’m not that clever.
        Could I live with myself if I had a RS on MY team? Figger it out.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Did I just detect an A-Bomb from ARod?

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      Line drive into the bullpen. I knew he’d be the problem.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        Isn’t that what with Wilpons said about Bernie?
        Great catch near the stands. HA!

  4. cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Done with the Procter-ology and time for a Laffey. Cutter/slider and sinking FB. Any tips for the Jay’s batters, Len?

    • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      Pop out to center.

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM

        Looks like they have that under control.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    See? If Beep-beep grounds to short often enough, sooner or later it works.

    • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      Wasn’t that Grand?

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        Curtis Effing Granderson …. ##$$ @$$%%%#!

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Where the hell is Soriano? 1-2-3 last night.

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        Never mind Soriano, see that over-cooked spaghetti armed bullpen the Beaver Herders have? Huh. Just you wait till next season. AA fixes that then we’ll be having a different conversation this time next year.

        Drabek looked real good out of the pen. A legit prospect as a closer, I think. He’s got more than one inning in him, too. I don’t much mind if he closes or starts so long as gets outs.

        Here’s your boy Soriano.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        Joe must have heard me-Struck out Bautista.

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:40 PM

        Got Lind.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        See Joe? 1-2-3

  6. cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Oh, look; Father Time is warming up in the bullpen.

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      Looks like CB Buchnor want to be part of history. A called strike 3 in the right hand batters box. Wow.

    • yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM


  7. proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Rivera is tough enough. He should not be receiving help from the third worst umpire in baseball. That strike 3 call against Rasmus was pure BS.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Congratulations to Rivera on number 601.

  8. cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Jeez. A save for the Sith Lord . . . Waitaminute!!! Why am I clapping! Damned Jedi Mind tricks!

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      Oh, yeah: Rivera ties all the time save record and has number 42 on the season. Mell done Mo.

      Now I’m off to dig up my Mettalica CDs and run them thru a wood chipper.

  9. jimbo1949 - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    No sweep for you

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      No cake for you.

      • jimbo1949 - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:04 PM

        mmmmmmmmmmmmm! apple pie a la mode!

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

        Don’t you mean apple pie a la merde?

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      Can’t hear you over the roar of my wood chipper.

      • jimbo1949 - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:02 PM

        You should use ’em for clays. Dions and Murrays work well too.

  10. yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Hey- Did we just have a spontaneous live chat? An HBT first!!!!

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:18 PM

      I pretty much figured it would go like this. In retrospect the Beaver Herders needed Drabek in there for the 6th & 7th. Then Carreno for the 8th then take their chances with Franky Francisco, it would have been a big enough lead.

      Leaving Alverez out there for the 6th was pretty much asking for it to go as it did. Those guy’s the Universe employs aren’t bunnies or something. They knew the kid was missing some spots, they juts had to wait him out.

      Then to go with Villaneuva, a guy who’s been tossed to the lions in so many ways this year, he gets scored by Olympic judges when he pitches now. CVill is just worn out from long relief, starting, and then more long relief. He’s got nothing left that the Yankees haven’t seen a zillion times.

      The bright spots were Drabek and Alverez in terms of pitching. Not bad for a couple a chilluns.

      Add in C.B. Buchnor and his magical amoeba-like strike zone, well you get what you get.

  11. yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Well it only took the starter 4 innings this time. Review the literature, the bullpen can handle it from there even with Proctor, Laffey and Noesi. We pay Soriano for his last two appearances, let him do it.
    But the Universe was terrrrrrrrrrible the first few innings and we’re lucky we had You-Know-Who back.

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      That loud sucking sound coming from the Great White North was Cano’s head sliding up his tuchus. Hope he get’s some rest tonight.

      Good thing we got some help from the opposition on this road trip. Bourjos and Loewen, your defense was exceptional.

      • jimbo1949 - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

        er, change exceptional to notable.
        We don’t need no stinkin’ edit function.

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:06 PM

        And I think you meant Rasmus. I wish it was Bourjos. Nope. No edit function needed here, no sireee, not us.

      • jimbo1949 - Sep 17, 2011 at 7:51 PM

        Last Sunday, @ LAA 7th inning: “M. Teixeira safe at first on center fielder P. Bourjos’ fielding error, B. Gardner scored, D. Jeter to second, D. Jeter scored, M. Teixeira to third”
        Standing at the wall in center field, ball bounced out of Bourjos glove.

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      Ahhh, now I see. Yes, notable. Notable how we could use an edit function, that’s what.

  12. Ken (O.R.) - Sep 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    May I commend you guys for having some fun and a live chat, very well done.
    Sorry but…Yankees win. It shouldn’t have happened but, it did…seems like it is a day for goofy plays, the team with the most costly errors lost.
    BJs should be very happy with the talent coming through your system, next year or 2013…different story, good luck guys.

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