Rod Prepares for Last Pinstripe Appearance in the Bronx

13 August, 2016, 00:28 | Author: Brittany Bishop

Rodriguez will still receive the roughly $7 million he's still owed this season as well as the $17 million the Yankees owe him next season, but technically he'll be free to sign with another club following his release.

The Yankees are now 3.5 games out of the second wild card heading into A-Rod's final performance at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

Since returning from the ban last year, Rodriguez has steered clear of controversy and few teammates had difficulties finding positive things say to about the 41-year-old Sunday. "Not how I pictured it when I woke up this morning". "We added one of the game's greatest players at a discounted price because there were considerable offsets of salary, and we got a lot of production from him for quite some time". The Red Sox lost the lead and the game 9-4.

The announcement was kept secret until minutes before Rodriguez began his own press conference where he grew emotional and expressed appreciation for managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, who came up with the idea last week.

Hanley Ramirez drove in both runs for the Red Sox on an RBI single in the first and RBI double in the fifth.

The ball went past Benintendi, allowing two runs to score on what was originally ruled a sacrifice fly and error.

"It's unbelievable, bro. Every time I start getting hot, something happens", Ramirez said after the game.

"It went in the lights, but that's no excuse", Benintendi said.

"His IQ is off the charts, his baseball IQ is very high and he knows so much about the game", catcher Brian McCann said.

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"I really thought he might hit a ball in the seats tonight", manager Joe Girardi said. "We're going to support him every step of the way and we're going to miss him and that's from the bottom of our hearts".

Tampa Bay has won five of nine meetings with the Yankees, including a three-game sweep at home two weeks ago which. It was only the second time he'd thrown seven innings in 12 starts this season. "I think we have a good chance to be out there and play like we played the first couple of months, and we all know that we can do it".

"He's one of the smartest baseball players ever", Hofman said.

The Yankees' other run came on Austin Romine's solo homer to left in the third.

Ramirez was shaken up after colliding with Gary Sanchez at first base during Sanchez's eighth-inning single. Ramirez was checked by a trainer and stayed in the game.

Ramirez snapped an 0-for-16 spell with an RBI single in the first, collecting his first hit since tripping down the dugout stairs on August 2 at Seattle.

The RBI for Rodriguez came after the Red Sox intentionally walked Chase Headley with one out. Yankees RHP Luis Cessa was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and RHP Ben Heller had his contract selected from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To make room on the roster, reliever Nick Goody and utility man Rob Refsnyder were sent down. Red Sox LHP Roenis Elias was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and OF Bryce Brentz was optioned to Pawtucket. Rodriguez said Joe Girardi shut down his idea to play third when he made the request earlier this week.


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