The New York Yankees are starting to see the MVP version of A-Rod.
Acquired in the offseason from Texas, Rodriguez is coming off his first MVP season. The 28-year-old third baseman hit .300 with 47 home runs and 118 RBIs in 2003, but got off to a slow start in his first season in pinstripes.
Rodriguez batted just .268 with four homers and seven RBIs in his first 23 games, but is hitting .360 (18-for-50) in 13 games in May with five homers and 13 RBIs.
Rodriguez hit two homers and had three RBIs in the Yankees’ 13-7, 13-inning loss on Saturday. However, he popped up in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the score tied.
“I’m proud of every guy out there today because we absolutely gave it our maximum effort,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve been coming up with the big hits here for the last two or three weeks. Tonight we were one hit short.”
Bernie Williams appears to be heating up with the weather as well. Though hitting just .225 overall, the 35-year-old outfielder homered for the second time in three games Saturday and is 6-for-12 over his last three games, upping his average to .292 in May (14-for-48). He hit just .194 in April.
Catcher Dan Wilson hit a pair of three-run doubles Saturday as the Mariners ended a six-game losing streak. Wilson, a career .265 hitter over 13 seasons who is known more for his defensive prowess, is batting .319 with a team-high 19 RBIs.