The Yankees are "furious" with A-Rod, obviously

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Alex Rodriguez mound incident.jpgA source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that some Yankees officials were “furious” with Alex Rodriguez for failing to tell manager Joe Girardi that his groin tightened up after batting practice on Thursday.

Rodriguez ended up being pulled from the game in the second inning, leaving the light-hitting Ramiro Pena in the cleanup spot for the remainder of the game. According to Feinsand, Rodriguez apparently gave Pena the “heads-up” to be ready just in case, though it doesn’t appear he gave the same warning to his manager.

“Would I have done anything different? I don’t know,” Girardi said. “I
would have had to have a talk with him and see what he told me. Maybe I
would have changed the lineup, but Alex thought he could go.”

Not sure about you, but I think New York reporters should be applauded for finding new and exciting ways to stick with this “Yankees are furious with A-Rod” theme. It’s so much juicier than hearing “The Yankees are content with A-Rod” or  “The Yankees take A-Rod out for ice cream.”

Athletics and Mariners to begin the 2019 regular season in Tokyo

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners will begin the 2019 regular season in Japan, in the Tokyo Dome.

The series will mark the third time that the A’s will begin their season in Japan, first doing it in 2008 against the Red Sox and then again in 2012 against the Mariners.

This is just the latest of Major League Baseball’s moves to expand the the game internationally. In addition to those previous series in Japan, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened their season in Australia in 2014 and the Dodgers and Padres will play a series in Mexico City this May. There has likewise been talk of the Mets playing a series in London, though those details have not yet been worked out. Obviously the World Baseball Classic represents the league’s effort to broaden the global scope of the once national pastime.

Get ready for early morning baseball, folks.