Alex Rodriguez left the game tonight after aggravating the quadriceps strain in his right leg. He said there was “no way” that he would play tomorrow night against the Tigers.
“If I had to guess, I would probably guess more than one day,” he said.
As to other matters: No word yet on Jorge Posada. … Some kook walked onto the field in the middle of the eighth inning and tried to talk to Derek Jeter. Morgan Ensberg pushed him away before the inattentive security people finally showed up. “I felt like a ninja,” said Ensberg, who is a bit wacky. The players were laughing about it later, but at the same time they were mad that somebody was able to get that far onto the field.
Kyle Farnsworth has added a cut fastball to his mix and used it effectively tonight. He has pitched well three straight times.
When you consider everything that has happened to the Yankees (injuries, sickness, suspensions, Joba’s dad, the schedule, rain, cold, etc.) it’s impressive that they’re 14-13 and a game out of first.
“Will I take this? Yes,” said Mariano Rivera, who is the best pitcher on the planet at the moment (11 4 0 0 0 11). “We have done the job.”