Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez joined the 3,000-hit club on Friday with an opposite field home run against Justin Verlander. He got his 3,001st hit, passing Roberto Clemente to move into 28th place on baseball’s all-time hit list, in style as well.
With runners on first and third in the third inning, Rodriguez drove a 1-1 fastball from Ian Krol to left field for a no-doubt three run home run. He’s knocked in five runs thus far in the contest as the Yankees currently lead 10-0 as of this writing. Rodriguez now has 668 home runs in his career along with 2,009 RBI. On the season, he’s hitting .279/.381/.527 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI.
Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.
Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”
Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.
In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.
This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.