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Yankees win, A-Rod disappoints in home debut

Aug 10, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 in his season debut at Yankee Stadium and closer Mariano Rivera blew his second save in a row, but the Yankees won anyway thanks to a Brett Gardner walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th.

In the bottom of the first, Rodriguez strode to the plate for his first at-bat of the season at Yankee Stadium. The crowd of more than 46,000 greeted him with a mixture of cheers and boos. Rodriguez quickly struck out swinging against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, which resulted in a cascade of boos.

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was solid over seven frames, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven. David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth for the hold. Rivera could not work around a one-out Austin Jackson double, surrending a game-tying two-run, two-strike, two-out home run to defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, knotting the game at three apiece.

The Yankees went down quietly in the bottom of the ninth. The combination of Boone Logan and Shawn Kelley danced out of trouble in the top of the tenth, giving the offense another opportunity to set things right. Against Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque, the Yankees quickly put two runners on thanks to a Jayson Nix walk and Curtis Granderson single. They would advance to second and third on a wild pitch. With one out, Eduardo Nunez drew an intentional walk, setting up a plethora of RBI opportunities for Chris Stewart. Stewart struck out swinging, a gut-wrenching way to go down in that spot. Brett Gardner picked his teammate up, though, singling up the middle on the second pitch he saw from Alburquerque to help the Yankees walk off winners.

A lot of notable things both did and didn’t happen tonight. The Tigers had their 12-game winning streak snapped, and the Yankees broke their four-game losing streak. Rodriguez missed out on his 1,951st career RBI, which would have tied him with Stan Musial for sixth all-time. Alfonso Soriano entered the night with 1,999 career hits, but went 0-for-5. Rivera failed to convert save #644 of his career, and blew his second consecutive save for the first time since April 5-6, 2005 against the Red Sox (via ESPN Stats & Info).

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    gotta love Brett. Crazy that Mo hadn’t blown a save back to back in 8 years? that’s just how good he is and it just amazes me.

  2. badintent - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    send Arodless to Red Hook.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Better yet, pinch hit for him anytime there is a runner on base. He looked like he was in prime 2012 Playoff form…no clue at the plate. Time for benching/pinch hitting is right around the corner.

      • badintent - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:30 AM

        even better yet, have him carry Alfonso’s bags like a rookie. ha

  3. Brian Murphy - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Actually, Mariano blew back-to-back save opps in 2007 and 2011. That ESPN stat qualifies this as the first time since 2005 Rivera has blown consecutive saves within a three-day span.

  4. rcali - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    2013: $28 million, 2014: $25 million, 2015: $21 million, 2016: $20 million, 2017: $20 million

  5. addictedzone - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Only four games but if he keeps that BA he’ll soon be called Alex Mendoza.

    • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Or just change it to the “Rodriguez Line”.

  6. bosoxfan15 - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    If he thinks the reception he got at home was bad, wait until he is in Boston next weekend.

    • pisano - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Like he’d care about anything that happens in Boston.

  7. officialgame - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Without PED’S he is Alex Mendoza.

  8. agent0027 - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    A-Hole is a better name for him, these days.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Rodiguez is still the selfish player he has always been. He postponed the surgery for a month during the off season. Which meant that he would taking off a month during the season, when, if he could hit, he wouldn’t be able to help the team.
      He is getting free money. Money he doesn’t deserve and isn’t earning. My salesmen work on commission. Ball players should be paid on their performance AFTER the season, not be paid on promises BEFORE the season.
      A lot of baseball owners have rocks in their heads.

  9. chip56 - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I’m not sure that you can say Alex disappointed – I would say he did exactly what most Yankee fans expected him to do against good pitching.

    He more or less picked up where he left off in the playoffs last year. If that disappointed you then it’s likely your expectations were too high.

  10. pisano - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Well, he didn’t disappoint me, 0 for 4 with 3 K’s, just what I was expecting.

    • kcroyal - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      The only real disappointment is that he didn’t K in his other AB.

  11. alan3008 - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Okay, you spelled his name wrong again! It’s not “A-Rod”, it’s “A-Roid”!

    A huge amount of his stats and a Yankee World Series win were enhanced by steroids. He should never get into the HOF and his stats, as well as the Yankee World Series win in 2009 should get a huge asterisk next to them. All the other steroid and HGH clowns should not get in the HOF either. Pete Rose NEVER cheated when he played the game and he is not in the HOF. That’s a travesty! He bet on games when he was a manager. If Pete is kept out, then these cheaters should be kept out as well. Even if Rose is re-instated and gets in the HOF, these guys still should not get in. If they do, it should state on their plaque that their stats were steroid enhanced. They hurt the game way more than Rose ever did.

    • tbutler704 - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      I agree 100% that Charlie Hustle should be in the HOF…….but how in the hell do you know when he did and didn’t bet on baseball? Because he said so?

      The argument you wanna make is he should be in there regardless, because the HOF is not a temple of baseball purity and holiness and the most basic thing to baseball is a hit and Pete Rose has more of them than anyone in the history of the sport.

    • HFS Richard - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      I won’t disagree with your statements on Rose, you’re totally right.
      But, you can’t start tossing asterisks on world series wins or you’d have to put them on what, half the world series in the 2000s?

      at a minimum you’d put one on the Red Socks first win because of Manny and Papi and Manny was still with them for the second one right?

      what happened happened, it sucks and it should not be tolerated, but you can’t retroactively change championships.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Is it safe to say the Yankees aren’t going to the world series this year or next year?

  12. tbutler704 - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Miggy’s game tying HR at bat is something you have to see if you somehow haven’t yet. I’d use that as my closing argument that Cabrera is better than everybody in MLB today. Incredible.

  13. messire3124 - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM

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  14. harvupdyke - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Detroit may be bankrupt, but they own the stankees.

    Roll dam tide.

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