Live Updates, Analysis and Reaction of A-Rod's Return to Yankee Stadium
The Yankees have had arguably the worst third basemen all season—a position that had collectively hit a grand total of four home runs before A-Rod's return earlier this week.
Rodriguez has been better than expected after returning from his second hip surgery at the age of 38, batting .273 and posting an on-base percentage of .429 in his first three games.
A-Rod will finally make his 2013 Bronx debut, and it will be interesting to see if Yankees fans continue the trend of booing him before each at-bat, or if they embrace their former MVP among his off-the-field issues.
Follow along with Bleacher Report as we bring you the latest news and analysis from around the Web, and be sure to keep coming back, as this page will update throughout the night.
The circus will resume tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Thank you for coming— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) August 10, 2013
Tonight we finally saw A-Rod's return to the Bronx. We finally saw if fans would welcome him back, and even the ones who did turned on him a bit by the end of the night.
It was a rough night for A-Rod, but there's always tomorrow.
Rodriguez had easily the worst game of his 2013 season tonight, but the Yankees won despite his 0-for-4 performance with three strikeouts.
The Yankees desperately needed to win that game after entering the ninth with a 3-1 lead, and Brett Gardner delivered the clutch hit.
This was the first game in which A-Rod did not record a hit, but the team won for the first time since his comeback after he was pulled in the top of the ninth.
The win might not have happened if A-Rod's replacement, Jayson Nix, hadn't reached first on a walk. Unless A-Rod had finally reached base in that situation, the team wouldn't have scored and could've lost.
The Yankees win the game on Brett Gardner's walk-off single with the bases loaded. It's the first time they've won with A-Rod, and the team breaks Detroit's 12-game winning streak while snapping a four-game losing streak.
Stick around for Bleacher Report's post-game analysis.
Told you they would win without Arod there I mean if he was still there a guy on first and second with two cause he would have struck out— Jimmy Egan (@Jimmy_Egan44) August 10, 2013
Jayson Nix walked in his only plate appearance, but that's more than A-Rod did tonight. He could also score the winning run.
In A-Rod’s fifth at-bat, those fans remaining at Yankee Stadium clap politely for Jayson Nix.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) August 10, 2013
Arod I was your biggest fan when you got signed. I can't believe you let us down.— joey chestnut (@Young_Joey_757) August 10, 2013
I loved seeing Arod at bat tonight
Yankees can't score, and the game is heading to extra innings. Joe Girardi could be upset that he took A-Rod's bat out of the lineup in the ninth.
He could also be very happy for exactly the same reason.
Funny stat: Mariano Rivera blew his third save of the season in A-Rod's third game of the season. He then blew his fourth save of the season in A-Rod's fourth game of the season.
Yankees took ARod out and then Mo blew the save. Should have left him in.— James B. Terry (@terryjt1) August 10, 2013
And, of course, fans blame things on A-Rod.
Arod's fault.— NPOB (@_NPOB) August 10, 2013
I blame #arod— Matthew Policastro (@mpolicastro) August 10, 2013
The curse of arod— johnny cash (@d_zooted) August 10, 2013
2 blown saves since Arod activated. #blamearod— Steven Murray (@StevenMurray10) August 10, 2013
Why did Alex Rodriguez go and give up a game-tying homer to Miguel Cabrera in NY? What a goof.— Andrew Stetka (@AStetka) August 10, 2013
Wow. Miguel Cabrera just kept this game going despite hitting two balls off his leg. Mariano blows the save, but you can't blame him for giving up a home run to the best hitter in the game today.
Prince Fielder then rips a double to put the go-ahead runner in scoring position. Bad news for the Yankees.
A-Rod has been benched in favor of Nix in the field, perhaps because of his spotty defense since his return from hip surgery, which dates back to his minor league rehab games.
Yankees announce attendance of 46,545, only the fourth sellout at the Stadium all year. But nobody cares about A-Rod, right?— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) August 10, 2013
A-Rod swung at a ball and watched strike three. Needless to say, Yankees fans aren't happy.
What are you swinging at arod?— Anthony Loussedes⚾ (@AntLoussedes) August 10, 2013
Let's take a look at A-Rod's fourth at-bat tonight with a pitch-by-pitch breakdown:
Pitch 1: Ball, 100 mpn fastball (1-0)
Pitch 2: Strike looking, slider on the corner (1-1)
Pitch 3: Swing and a miss on a slider out of the zone (1-2)
Pitch 4: Ball, inside (2-2)
Pitch 5: Ball, fastball outside
Pitch 6: Strike three looking on the corner (K)
It doesn't look like leading off the inning helped A-Rod, as he strikes out on a slider on a full count. He's likely done for the night, and will finish 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
A-Rod will lead off the bottom of the eighth and hopes to have more of an impact than he's had in his first three at-bats.
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