Jorge Posada texted Alex Rodriguez to apologize for comments on Hall of Fame

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While making the rounds for his new book, Jorge Posada said on CBS yesterday that he didn’t think players connected to PEDs, including his former teammates Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens, should go into the Hall of Fame. Rodriguez didn’t take the bait on the situation when asked about it by reporters, but Posada backtracked on his comments during a radio appearance on WFAN this morning.

Here are the relevant comments from Posada, via Chad Jennings of the Journal News:

“I tried to text him yesterday. I feel like I was cornered into this answer. I know better. I was really caught off-guard. … He knows how I feel about him. And I would like to — if I caused him anything, I would like to apologize.”

A-Rod was asked about the apology this afternoon and once again handled it in a judicious manner:

Posada had to know this kind of question was coming, so it’s hard to feel bad about him being “cornered” into the answer. It might be how he really feels, but apologizing is the best way to make nice and turn the page. The New York press might not like it, but this mini-controversy appears to be over.

Marlins’ Starling Marte, José Ureña hurt against Yankees

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NEW YORK — Miami outfielder Starling Marte and right-hander Jose Urena left Sundays’ regular-season finale against the New York Yankees after getting hurt in the early innings.

Marte was hit on the front of his helmet by Clarke Schmidt’s 94 mph fastball in the second inning. The pitch knocked off the helmet. Marte stayed down for a few minutes and was replaced by Lewis Brinson.

Urena, a candidate for Miami’s postseason bullpen, was hit on his pitching hand by a 103.9 mph line drive from AL batting leader DJ LeMahieu with one out in the third. Urena crumpled over in pain, stayed down in front of the mound before exiting the game. He was replaced by Daniel Castano.

Miami acquired Marte from Arizona on Aug. 31. He is hitting .245 with four homers and 13 RBI in 28 games with the Marlins.

Urena was among 18 Marlins sidelined with COVID-19 early this season. He is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts since his season debut Sept. 7.