Chien-Ming Wang showed improvement last night but the Yankees fell to the woeful Nationals.
Derek Jeter missed the game with a sore ankle. But the MRI was negative. This notebook also has updates on a slumping Alex Rodriguez, a recovering Xavier Nady and an candid Brian Cashman.
Lots of people e-mailing about A-Rod either ripping him for walking (really?) with Brett Gardner on third base and/or not stealing second base.
I can’t see how you criticize a player for taking a walk. So swinging at a bad pitch would be preferable? As for him stealing second base, Alex was on his own there as apparently Girardi did not order him to go.
The guy had just played nine innings in the field and had made, as I recall, at least two dives at third base. Maybe his right hip didn’t feel up to stealing. Alex is a high-percentage base stealer (he has been caught seven times in the last three seasons in 51 attempts), so apparently he didn’t feel he would make it.
Cano had a good at-bat and he hit the ball hard, just right at the shortstop.