It all seems so quaint compared to his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, but Alex Rodriguez is being disciplined by the Yankees for seeking a second opinion on his strained quad without authorization from the team reports Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.
This arises out of that fun little controversy in July when A-Rod had Dr. Michael Gross examine his MRI and then go on a little media tour opining that A-Rod’s quad wasn’t really strained. Rodriguez did not inform the Yankees in writing that he was seeking a second opinion as is required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Of course this is more about Rodriguez trying to embarrass the team publicly with his little media offensive. If it was merely a matter of talking to a doctor in the privacy of his office this likely wouldn’t amount to anything.
Marchand’s report does not specify the discipline. If it’s a fine, I think A-Rod is good for it. If it’s a suspension, I figure it’ll be like giving a guy sentenced to 50 years in Leavenworth a couple of extra days for having his girlfriend smuggle him in a bag of Funyuns.
No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.
First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.
On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.
Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.