Ken Davidoff, Newsday:
Don't worry if you missed the Yankees game yesterday. It was a repeat.
It was the one in which Alex Rodriguez crushed a ninth-inning homer when only a statistically unlikely rally could have helped his club.
It also was the one in which A-Rod hit into a big double play against the Angels.
And after the 5-3 loss, for those of us granted access to the Yankees' clubhouse, it was the one in which the reigning American League Most Valuable Player vowed that he was about to bust loose.
"There's no question, this is the best I feel by far, head and shoulders, all year," Rodriguez said. "I haven't been able to hit two balls like I hit [Saturday and yesterday] in back-to-back games. I'm starting to drive the ball. That's something that I had no idea how to do the first three months of the year."
Oh. Well, that's interesting. ...
Filip Bondy, New York Daily News:
You don't want to pick on A-Rod. You want to write about almost anybody or anything else, after the Yankees lose again, 5-3, to the Angels. But then A-Rod goes and plays another game that doesn't really help the Yankees win, only helps them lose. He flubs a ball in the first, commits a slight mental mistake in the fifth, he strikes out twice when it counts, grounds into a double play, leaves a couple runners stranded.He feels 100%? The New York Post states that Slappy hinted that he has been injured all season.
At the same time -- and this may be the most worrisome notion of all -- Rodriguez declares he is playing his finest baseball all season ... "I feel 100%. Feel like spring training just ended. I'm fresh out there. Me swinging the bat like now can be conducive to a better streak."
Is he delusional? Maybe, but Rodriguez also has learned something very important in his three seasons in the Bronx. It's not April or even August that counts. It's October. ... The problem at the moment is that the Yankees must still earn an October, and that is no sure thing. They are a mere game ahead of the Red Sox, a game behind the White Sox in a potential wild card race. ...
Rodriguez "... was booed throughout the day for fielding and hitting deficiencies until he homered with two outs in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Angels in The Bronx. ... "I could care less," Rodriguez added. "I'm so happy when I hit a home run." ... He also inferred that injuries have played a part -- both offensively and defensively -- in his pinstriped season to forget.How did he infer that he's been hurt? Unfortunately, the story made no more mention of the matter.