For too long Alex Rodriguez has been center of attention for all the wrong reasons. Tonight, he became a legitimate rallying point. After being hit by a pitch in his first at-bat — sparking a furious reaction from the Yankees bench — Rodriguez went on to lead the charge in a come-from-behind 9-6 Yankees win against the rival Red Sox. It was a four-run sixth that put the Yankees in front, and that inning started with Rodriguez hitting a long home run off Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster, who’d plunked Rodriguez four innings earlier. Rodriguez stepped on home plate, stood still and delivered a defiant point toward the sky. Five batters later, Brett Gardner delivered the three-run triple that gave the Yankees the lead. The Yankees scored four of the five innings in which Rodriguez came to the plate. Joe Girardi was the only person ejected after Dempster plunked Rodriguez in the second inning. Both benches had been warned, meaning Dempster got to stay and the Yankees lost the ability to retaliate. Although Girardi went nuts screaming at home plate umpire Brian O’Nora, he appeared to save some of his choicest curse words for Dempster himself. But Rodriguez had the last laugh, sparking the rally that took CC Sabathia off the hook for yet another unimpressive start.
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