Tonight is a homecoming for Alex Rodriguez. The Miami native said he has not played a baseball game in his hometown since he was a senior in high school in 1993. He said he left 150 tickets.
Joe Girardi, of course, was the Marlins manager in 2006 before he was fired because of a dispute with owner Jeffrey Loria. Girardi has refused to talk about the circumstances and he stayed on the high road today.
He and Loria did speak. “I welcomed him back and wished him well,” the owner said.
A few other news items: RHP Jeff Karstens (right groin) will be out at least a month. … The Yankees have not been back to Dolphin Stadium since the 2003 World Series. The only Marlin will with the team from that season is bullpen coach Pierre Arsenault. How crazy is that?