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Alex Rodriguez flies out in pinch-hit appearance in Game 4 of ALCS

Oct 18, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

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Max Scherzer was pulled for left-hander Drew Smyly with two on and two outs in the top of the sixth inning, so Joe Girardi called on Alex Rodriguez to pinch-hit for Raul Ibanez. However, there was no redemption to be found.

Rodriguez hit a routine fly ball to center field to strand two runners and leave the score at 6-1 going into the bottom of the sixth in Game 4 of the ALCS.

The Yankees have just two hits on the day so far. They were held hitless until Eduardo Nunez led off the top of the sixth with a triple to the left-center field gap. He was then brought home on a one-out double to right-center by Nick Swisher. Scherzer issued a two-out walk to Mark Teixeira before being pulled to a standing ovation at Comerica Park. He struck out 10 and threw a total of 98 pitches.

Things are looking bleak for the Bombers at the moment, but the Tigers will need to rely on their bullpen to secure the sweep and advance to the World Series.

  1. sictransitchris - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    This A-Rod coverage is getting a bit ridiculous.

    • chill1184 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Its like A-Rod died or something

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        You sure he didn’t? He looked like Bernie Lomax out there.

        (yes, that was the second Weekend at Bernie’s reference on HBT tonight…)

    • vallewho - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      It’s as if A-Rod banged a bunch of writer’s wives/girlfriends/daughters, and then stole their piggy-bank.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Hello D. J. Is Craig having dinner?

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    A-roid flies out. A-roid returns to the dugout. A-roid leaves Comerica Park.
    A-roid is an old, annoying, tired story.
    Why won’t the media report the news instead of feeding America this crap?
    A-roid should be a nonstory. How about a story on the Tigers dominant pitching in the playoffs?

  4. daisycutter1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    It is pretty funny how much the Tigers are getting overlooked while sportswriters are busy falling all over each other to slam A-Rod.

    • vallewho - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      it’s journalism

  5. Gordon - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Great pitching tends to carry the day. The Tigers have it in spades, with enough offense to get the wins.

    The Yanks have CC & nothing else really. No other pitchers, no hitting…nothing. $200 million spent on nothing.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Blow the Yankees up real good this off season.

  6. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    to bash a-rod like this is a bit unfair. sure, he’s been awful, and the fact that his name dominates headlines on a day he isn’t starting in a must-win game only fuels the fire. i get it. but the thing is, the tiger’s starting pitching has been very good, while the whole of the yankee lineup has been very bad. he’s not the only one that looks helpless. i’ve seen guys like swisher trying to hit a six-run homer, while tex and even ichiro, FFS, wave weakly at off-speed stuff. it’s going to be hot in NY for alex this winter, but the whole team should be ashamed of their performance in this series, and even more so because of game 4. this was a disgraceful showing by the bombers.

  7. 13arod - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    they keep on changing stance if you pay good attention to it its different like every week need to fire hitting coach now

  8. proudlycanadian - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Start spreading the news … oops wrong song. Last night the Yankees fell asleep in Detroit City … They want to go home. They want to go home. Oh Lord, they want to go home.

  9. muir6 - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Go away A Rod take your lip gloss to south beach and stay there

  10. pisano - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Let the revamping begin, asap. This team needs a makeover.

  11. mazblast - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Pity the poor Yankees, with all those contracts nobody wants. I weep for them. Enjoy paying A-Roid $114 million over the next five years. Karma time, Yankees.

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