Yankees Notebook: No retaliation planned for Rodriguez plunking

The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster, on August 19, 2013.  Credit: Getty Images
Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster on Aug. 19.
Credit: Getty Images

For the Yankees, the ultimate payback for Alex Rodriguez getting thrown at by Ryan Dempster was him hitting a key home run in an eventual 9-6 win at Boston on Aug. 19.

As the games increase in urgency for the Yankees, who have 23 games to make up 2 1/2 games in the wild-card race, retaliation is hardly on anyone’s mind as the season enters the high noon portion.

The only difference is that the Yankees are the chasers and not the hunted like last season when Baltimore stalked them for most of the final month.

So about that retaliation?

Not going to happen at least based on the comments emanating from the Yankee clubhouse.

“No, we’re not looking to do that,” Robinson Cano said. “We’re just going to go out there tomorrow, play the game the right way that we have always been and what’s in the past we’re going to keep in the past.”

“Time is always good,” manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday. “I think we obviously know what is at stake. We have to go out and play the games and win the games. That is the most important thing. I think our guys know what is at stake.”

Last night marked the one-month anniversary of Rodriguez getting handed a 211-game suspension for his alleged PED use in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal. In the first two weeks with Rodriguez playing while appealing the ban the Yankees won seven of 13 games, going from 57-53 to 64-59.

That was a time when emotions were at their highest with John Lackey saying he didn’t think Rodriguez should be playing and Dempster seemingly reinforcing that sentiment with a purpose pitch that sent Girardi into a rage.

It was also at the peak of the “he said, she said” debate between Rodriguez and the Yankees. It was a weekend when general manager Brian Cashman conceded that his conversations with the third baseman, whom he famously told to “shut the f— up” in June, are limited to informal hellos. It also was a time when Rodriguez’s new lawyer Joe Tacopina went on the offensive against the Yankees and MLB.

Now when Rodriguez talks the conversation is only about baseball. He declared that to be the case Aug. 21 and the Yankees have won nine of the 14 games since.

“We’ve been fighting since the beginning of the year,” Mariano Rivera said. “We’ve been fighting with the team that we have. Now we have basically almost everybody back. We’re still fighting. We not giving up and just pushing and pushing and pushing. We’ll see if we can go that far.”

The ultimate retaliation for the Yankees is not a fastball at someone’s back but blowing one past a hitter or blowing one out of a ballpark.

“I think our guys understand that,” Girardi said. “I don’t expect there to be anything from Major League Baseball or the umpires. We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to win.”

Follow Yankees beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Supporters say man accused of robbery was misidentified

A Liberian immigrant couple charged with extorting money from an elderly woman in March will be in court Thursday for a bail hearing, but supporters say it's a case of…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

Local

Could this be the end of ICE holds…

Mayor Michael Nutter directed city agencies to stop cooperating with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer holds via executive order today.

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

NHL

Flyers, Rangers meet in playoffs for 11th time

The Flyers and Rangers will start a new chapter in a historic rivalry.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers…

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers and Braves right behind

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.