Get ready to see even more of Alex Rodriguez on your television. According to the New York Post, A-Rod’s deal with ABC will have him appearing on “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight” and “Nightline.” It won’t be too often, about once per month, according to The Post, but A-Rod is already working full-time as an MLB analyst for Fox Sports. A-Rod ducked out of baseball early last season, agreeing to retire from the New York Yankees while still collecting the rest of the money due on his contract.
Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff. But he had enough grit to give the Yankees a quality start and a win. That is the difference from the Pineda of last season. And it may have been the difference in Sunday’s 9-5 victory over the A’s. “I didn’t think his slider was consistent. It seemed like a lot of times when he was expanding [the strike zone] it was a ball out of his hand, and they weren’t chasing. It was a little bit off,’’ manager Joe Girardi said. “He used his changeup a bit more to get some strikes with it, some swings and misses. So I think it does show a lot from Michael.” Pineda gave up three hits and three runs — just two earned — in six innings. Was he dominant? Not even close.
Aaron Judge has wowed the baseball world with immense power and surprising speed for a man of his size. Saturday afternoon, it was the sculpted 6-foot-7 outfielder’s quick reflexes that turned heads — and proved to be the difference in a 3-2 Yankees victory over the Athletics at the Stadium. With the scored tied at one in the sixth inning, two outs and Ryon Healy on third base, Trevor Plouffe blooped a shallow pop-up to right field. Starlin Castro ranged into the outfield, and reached out his glove. The ball glanced off the leather, but the on-rushing Judge snared it and stopped on a dime to avoid overrunning it, preventing the go-ahead run from scoring. “That happened to me like that [before],