A-Rod, Posada inconveniently day-to-day next week

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that both Alex Rodriguez and Jorge
Posada are “day-to-day” for this week. Which is a problem because New York plays in NL parks over the next two series, so Girardi
can’t DH either of them.

The only obvious problem with this Yankees team entering the season was age and fragility, and that’s been hitting them lately. Luckily other players have stepped up and the Rays have slid back during that time. But the Sox are charging hard now, and if New York expects to hold them off, they had better get as healthy as possible as soon as possible.

Ronald Acuña batting sixth, playing left field in his Braves debut

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The Braves have made it official, announcing that they have called up top prospect Ronald Acuña. He’ll bat sixth in tonight’s game against the Reds and will start in left field.

Acuña will be wearing number 13, no doubt to honor past Braves luminaries like Adonis Garcia, Nate McLouth, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Eichelberger and Jerry Royster, all of whom have worn the fabled 1 and 3. Feel like he stands a pretty good chance of besting their exploits.

The 20-year-old Acuña was 11-for-his-last-33 with a homer, a double, four walks, and three stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett following a slow start. He tore it up in spring training, however, and hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season across three levels of the Braves’ minor league system.

The future was delayed a bit, but it’s here now for the Atlanta Braves’ phenom.