Red Sox starter exited Friday’s start due to an injury, presumably. He was tended to by manager John Farrell and the team trainer briefly before leaving the mound.
Buchholz had recorded one out in the fourth inning of Friday’s start against the Yankees, having allowed just one run on an Alex Rodriguez solo home run in the first. He gave up six hits overall, walked none, and struck out three on 59 pitches. Robbie Ross, Jr. relieved Buchholz and allowed two of his inherited runners to score, charged to Buchholz as unearned runs thanks to errors by Mike Napoli and Brock Holt.
We’ll update you on Buchholz’s status as more is learned.
The National League and American League rosters for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game were announced earlier this evening and we predictably saw some high-profile snubs. The Esurance “Final Vote” ballot allows fans to select who they think should have made the cut. Here are the candidates…
Johnny Cueto SP, Reds (2.84 ERA in 15 starts)
Jeurys Familia RP, Mets (1.16 ERA, 22 saves)
Clayton Kershaw SP, Dodgers (3.08 ERA, 147 K in 114 IP)
Carlos Martinez SP, Cardinals (2.70 ERA)
Troy Tulowitzki SS, Rockies (.847 OPS)
Xander Bogaerts SS, Red Sox (.302/.339/.414 batting line)
Yoenis Cespedes OF, Tigers (.292 with 10 HR, 44 RBI)
Brian Dozier 2B, Twins (16 HR, .842 OPS)
Brett Gardner OF, Yankees (.854 OPS, 9 HR, 15 SB)
Mike Moustakas 3B, Royals (.301/.357/.436 batting line)
Of course, things could change if players get injured or bow out, but as of now Alex Rodriguez (16 HR, .902 OPS) will not be an All-Star this season. He’s clearly worthy from a production standpoint, so it’s a little silly to see him left off here, but let’s not let his exclusion overshadow his teammate Gardner, who deserves to be in Cincinnati as well.
How many of you would’ve guessed six months ago that a New York tabloid would be stumping for Alex Rodriguez to make the All-Star team? I probably would’ve bet my life savings against it, actually. But here it is in today’s New York Post:
. . . if you’re AL manager Ned Yost, whose Royals lost Game 7 of the Series at home last year to the Giants, wouldn’t you want A-Rod as an option coming off your bench? . . . If it is about entertainment, you pick Rodriguez. If it is about a man having the ability to rise to the occasion and winning a ballgame, you pick Rodriguez.
You pick Rodriguez for the American League All-Star team.
There are a lot of throat-clearing paragraphs there in which the writer, Larry Brooks, makes it clear that arguing for A-Rod to make the All-Star team does not constitute an endorsement for him being Evil Incarnate. But still, this is about as close to a love letter the guy has gotten from his local press in a decade or more. And then, at the end, saying he’s a guy with “the ability to rise to the occasion?” Wowzers.
I’m still skeptical that A-Rod will make it. The Yankees don’t have a starter and will need someone selected, but I’ll believe it will be Rodriguez only when I see it. Mark Teixeira is having a good year and now that Miguel Cabrera is out there will be room for another first baseman. Dellin Betances is having a great year and, given how All-Star rosters work, it’s way easier to make it as a reliever than a position player. Ned Yost has to pick at least one guy from every team and has a limited number of slots for someone who really can only hit. I suspect that, plus perhaps some unofficial lobbying against the inclusion of A-Rod by the powers that be will keep him off the team. But whether or not he makes it, it’s definitely remarkable that A-Rod is getting some love from the New York Post.
Brian McCann played hero in the Bronx last night, launching a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yankees a wild 7-5 win over the Rays.
The Rays grabbed an early 3-0 lead against Masahiro Tanaka while Chris Archer tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but Mark Teixeira slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to draw even. The Rays pulled ahead in the top of the 12th on RBI singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera, but Steve Geltz couldn’t hold the lead. Brett Gardner drew a leadoff walk to begin the bottom of the 12th before Chase Headley struck out swinging. However, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira followed with back-to-back singles to bring the Yankees within one run. That brought McCann to the plate:
The Yankees hold a one-game lead in the American League East right now, but the Orioles, Rays, and Blue Jays are all within two games. There’s no clear favorite in this group, so we should probably get used to the drama.
Major League Baseball just announced that A-Rod and the Yankees have resolved the dispute over Alex Rodriguez’s $6 million bonus for passing Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. Short version: only $3.5 million of it is being paid out, and all of that to charity. Here’s the statement:
Mr. Rodriguez and the Yankees have agreed that a total of $3.5 million in charitable contributions will be made by the Club, with $1 million going to the following charities that have long enjoyed the support of one or both: the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa, and Pitch In For Baseball; and $2.5 million going to the MLB Urban Youth Foundation, which will use the money to further programs and initiatives aimed at increasing youth participation in baseball, particularly in urban areas. Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. will determine the initiatives to be supported by the $2.5 million contribution after consulting with Mr. Rodriguez, and taking into consideration the focus of Mr. Rodriguez’s past charitable contributions.
Neither party will have any further comment on the specific terms of the agreement and both look forward to focusing their energies on winning another championship for Yankees fans.
One could criticize the union and/or A-Rod for caving here — and many will — but the fact remains, we still do not know the language of the marketing agreement between Rodriguez and the Yankees and whether or not a challenge to the Yankees’ withholding the money would have any traction. After all, this was not guaranteed money under a player contract and some reports stated that the Yankees had the advantage with respect to the operative language.
Ultimately, A-Rod and the union chose to agree two having $3.5 million go to charities rather than take a chance that they could get $6 million while risking losing it all. Given the risk and the fact that, to get that money, everyone would have to go back into a courtroom someplace and argue about things everyone got pretty sick and tired of arguing about last year, it’s a defensible position to take.