Francisco Rodriguez, who threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief when the Mets beat the Yankees in 10 innings Sunday, is being pitched to the Bombers, reports Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record.
Klapisch tweets that the Yankees are only “marginally interested” in Rodriguez and that they’d prefer to wait until Rafael Soriano returns and then see if they still need bullpen help.
Rodriguez said last month that he’d be open to going to a good team “like the Yankees or Rays” and pitching as a setup man, even though that would mean his $17.5 million option for 2012, which vests based on games finished, would fail to kick in.
Rodriguez’s no-trade clause allows him to block trades to 10 teams. It’s unclear whether the Yankees are on the list, but there’s a good chance they are, if only because they were always among the teams likeliest to want to trade for him.
You may recall that, back in May, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fight with Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista slid late into second base, with which Odor took issue, so he punched Bautista in the face. That earned him a seven-game suspension.
With one out in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Indians, Odor reached on a fielding error by first baseman Mike Napoli. Jonathan Lucroy then hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Odor slid hard into Jason Kipnis covering second base.
Kipnis, hearkening back to the Bautista fight, backed up as if he were afraid Odor would punch him. Odor got a good chuckle out of it, but it was the Rangers’ bench which perhaps enjoyed the joke most. The Rangers’ broadcast showing Adrian Beltre cracking up and telling his other teammates what had happened.
Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez made his debut with his new team on Thursday night after a brief stint with Triple-A Round Rock. He started in left field and was inserted into the number eight spot in the Rangers’ batting order.
The Rangers made two quick outs in the bottom of the second inning, with Adrian Beltre grounding out and Rougned Odor striking out. But the inning was kept alive as Jonathan Lucroy singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and then Mitch Moreland walked to bring up Gomez.
Gomez took a first-pitch cutter from Josh Tomlin for a ball, then jumped on another cut fastball, drilling it for a no-doubt three-run home run into the seats in left field at Globe Life Park in Arlington (#29 out of 30 in Craig’s ballpark name rankings).
Here’s the video.