Alex Rodriguez is in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays for what will be his first regular season game action since September 25, 2013.
Rodriguez is batting seventh and playing designated hitter, where he’s played just 104 times out of 2,568 total games in his career.
At age 39 and after missing an entire season it’d be easy to assume that Rodriguez won’t provide much value to the Yankees this season, but he did hit .286 with three homers and a .924 OPS in 18 spring training games and perhaps being used mostly as a DH will help keep him healthy.
This is a prediction that may look awfully silly in six months (or maybe in six weeks), but I really think there’s a decent chance Rodriguez is one of the Yankees’ two or three best hitters this season.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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