It’s A-Rod day down in Tampa. A couple of days before position players are supposed to report. What say we about this?
Alex Rodriguez arrived unexpectedly at the Yankees’ training camp Monday, two days before position players were expected to report . . . Rodriguez’s arrival seem to catch the Yankees by surprise.
Amid rumors earlier Monday that Rodriguez would arrive, General Manager Brian Cashman said that he was trying to confirm whether they were true.
Upon reading that I am convinced that we are less than 24 hours from a column excoriating Rodriguez for actually showing up to camp early.
I’m curious about what “memo” that would be given there’s a pretty darn good chance that Rodriguez will back up Chase Headley at third base a couple of times this season and/or possibly cover first base in the event of a Mark Teixeira injury. Do teams routinely tell players not to work out at defensive positions they will likely play, at least a little, during the season? And will almost certainly play several times during spring training?
Or is this just an example of someone trying to make something that is pretty darn innocuous into a controversy?
The Padres turned out in remarkable fashion on Saturday, following up on Friday’s 6-3 win with a decisive 19-run effort to take the series from the Blue Jays. Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill spun six strong innings, holding Toronto to three runs and striking out nine of 22 batters, but it was the Padres’ offense that really sealed the deal.
Of the 19 runs they put up, seven landed for home runs — establishing a franchise-best record for most home runs amassed during a single game.
Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler went back-to-back for the first two homers, each coming off of an Edwin Jackson pitch in the second inning. Myers’ 351-foot blast was his eighth of the season, while Kinsler’s 382-footer marked his sixth so far this spring. Two innings later, in the fourth, Jackson once again set the table for Austin Hedges, who promptly went yard with the first grand slam of his five-year career in the majors and boosted the Padres to a six-run advantage.
The home runs came for the Blue Jays, too — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. plucked one from a bouquet of sliders in the second, while Justin Smoak collected his ninth homer on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth — but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with the Padres. In the sixth, Hunter Renfroe took his turn against Derek Law and punched a two-run shot out to center field. He returned in the eighth for a second helping, sandwiching another 376-foot home run in between a solo homer from Eric Hosmer and a two-RBI knock from Myers, too.
By the time the dust settled, the Padres had gathered 19 runs on 20 hits. They finished the game just one run shy of tying their single-game record for runs scored, a feat no Padres’ lineup has replicated since their 20-7 rout of the Expos on May 19, 2001.