Alex Rodriguez hits his second rehab home run

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Yesterday the New York Daily News continued its quixotic quest to put A-Rod into some phony insurance fraud retirement. Meanwhile, in Scranton, Alex Rodriguez was busy hitting a home run:

It was a vintage A-Rod moment.

Alex Rodriguez strode to the plate in the third inning, his at-bat soundtracked by a mixture of loud applause and loud-enough derisive comments from the PNC Field crowd. Ever the polarizing figure . . . even in a Triple-A rehab stint.

Then Rodriguez delivered.

He launched a 1-and-2 offering over the right-centerfield wall for a two-run homer and was showered with cheers.

It was his second rehab home run. His first at Triple-A.  After the game Rodriguez said he felt “pretty good.” He has three rehab games to go. And, as reported yesterday, is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Monday.

World Series Umpires Announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the umpires for the World Series.

The crew chief will be Gerry Davis. Davis was worked 136 career Postseason games, which are the most of any umpire in Major League Baseball history. This is his sixth World Series overall and third time as crew chief.

Joining Davis will be Phil Cuzzi, Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Paul Nauert and Mark Wegner. Wegner will serve as the replay official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Cuzzi will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. Cuzzi will not be a field umpire for any of the games.

The breakdown: