The Big Tilde is a giving soul. On a day when Alex Rodriguez went 0-4 with two strikeouts, Ordóñez chose not to show him up by going 0-4 himself with one K. Still, his giving did not stop there; he let his teammates carry the day in a 5-4 win against the Yankees with three home runs (including Curtis Granderson’s inside-the-park gem in the first) and exceptional bullpen work from Seay, Zumaya, and Jones after Jurrjens’ shoulder tightened up in the second.
Ivan Rodriguez needed most of the day off to study for his phlebotomy exams, so he picked a fight with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook in the fourth and then got back to his locker quickly after his ejection to crack the books.
The Big Tilde didn’t take the day off, though, despite his batting performance; he made a deft run on a ball hit to deep right in the sixth that showed his experience in taking the right line to the ball and the overall health of that left knee. Unfortunately, MVP voters never watch the Yankees, so they’ll only care about…
The Big Tilde’s day: 0-4, K
Season to date: .355/.427/.600, 25 HR, 116 RBI
EDIT: grumble grumble 5-3 win for the Indians grumble grumble 2.5 games out of first grumble.
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