MLB notes: Yankee doodle deadbeats?
By QMI Agency
|New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gestures during batting practice during Game 3 of the MLB ALCS baseball playoff series in Detroit, Michigan, October 16, 2012. (Reuters/MIKE CASSESE)
Riffing off Alex Rodriguez having ask two female fans for their phone numbers during Game 1 of the American League championship, the New York Post took a bite out of the Yankees Friday with a front page illustration of a baseball with the words: "Dear Yankees, we don't date losers! Signed, New Yorkers.
It's believed Rodriguez did get one woman to write her phone number on a baseball that had been relayed to her. But then, that was before he was benched for Games 3 and 4 and before the Yankees were swept by the Detroit Tigers.
RODNEY, POSEY REBOUND
Fernando Rodney, who rebounded with a sterling performance a year after losing his job as a closer, was announced Friday as the AL comeback player of the year.
Buster Posey, who bounced back from a badly injured left ankle, was chosen as the NL comeback player.
Rodney, who was second in the league with 48 saves for the Tampa Bay Rays, posted a 0.60 earned-run average -- the lowest in major league history for a pitcher with at least 50 innings worked. The 35-year-old right-hander had a career-high 76 appearances.
In 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels, Rodney had a 3-5 record with a 4.50 ERA and was removed as closer. He signed with the Rays during the off-season.
San Francisco Giants catcher Posey won the NL batting title with a .336 average. He also had a career-high 24 homers and 103 RBI.
He played just 45 games in 2011 before getting injured in a collision at home plate on May 25.
Posey also is a contender for the NL most valuable player award.
TIGERS GET TO WORK
The Detroit Tigers won't take a six-day break before the World Series begins and let their skills get rusty.
Manager Jim Leyland said Friday the Tigers would work out over the weekend and then play two games against a team of minor-leaguers.
"We actually have our instructional league team coming to Detroit and we're going to play a couple of actual games Sunday and Monday and have a workout Saturday, as well," Leyland told ESPN Radio.
In 2006, the Tigers also had six days off before the World Series, which they lost to St. Louis, largely because of sloppy defence and a lack of offence.
ANGELS DROPPING HAREN, SANTANA?
The Los Angeles Angels likely will buy out the contracts of Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in a move to free up cash to make a pitch for Zack Greinke.
The Angels acquired Greinke, a pending free agent, in a trade July 27 with the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-hander, who turns 29 Sunday, will be the top pitcher on the free-agent market and likely will wait until November or December before committing to a team.
That's where it gets tricky for the Angels. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, they have just three days after the World Series to decide on Santana's $13-million option and five days on Haren's $15.5-million option, the Los Angeles Times reported. They can buy out Haren and Santana for $3.5 million and $1 million respectively.
Should they miss out on Greinke, the Angels might have the option of bringing back Haren or Santana on a cheaper contract, seeing as both struggled in 2012.
Nationals reliever Sean Burnett has had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow, the Washington Post reported. The 30-year-old left-hander pitched with discomfort most of the second half of the season ... The Houston Astros have parted ways with bench coach Joe Pettini, who previously spent 10 years in St. Louis with manager Tony LaRussa ... Dave Magadan has been hired as hitting coach the Texas Rangers. Magadan, 50, spent the past six seasons with Boston.