“I felt some good signs,” Rodriguez told MLB.com. “It’s been a while, but I’m really driving the ball in batting practice. Being able to do that in the game tonight was a good sign.”
ffered a serious right quadriceps injury running the bases at Fenway Park on April 24. Ransom struggled in his bid to fill in for A-Rod, hitting just .180. Ransom, who is capable of playing second, third and shortstop will fill in off the bench at all three positions, Girardi said. Berroa. the 2003 American League Rookie of the Year, batted .136 in 21 games with the Yankees after being called up from Triple A to replace Ransom . . . General Manager Brian Cashman actually flew from New York to join the team at Turner Field. He had a closed-door meeting with Girardi. Cashman said he is in Atlanta to help get the Yankees “back on track.” Cashman told MLB.com: “We’re struggling right now, mostly with the bats. It’s not going to last, I promise you that. We’re too good for it to last. The last three weeks of poor play is mostly to do with our offense. We’ve got to get our offense going. We’re pitching real well, but unfortunately, we’re letting that good pitching go to waste.” Cashman also gave a vote of confidence in Girardi and batting coach Kevin Long. “I’m not here to send any messages other than that we’re here to fix problems,” Cashman said.
If Tuesday night’s game between the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field were akin to a boxing match, the Braves would have staggered all over the ring but still won the fight on a lucky punch.
“We need to get hits — there’s really no secret formula,” Jeter said to MLB.com. “We’ve just got to get guys on base and score some runs, especially early, to help out our pitching staff.”
was puzzled by the ruling. MLB never has shown much backbone in supporting team protests over the years so it really was no surprise . . . Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira has regained his lead over his Red Sox counterpart Kevin Youkilis in the voting for the 2009 All-Star Game. In the last vote totals announced last week, Youkilis led Teixeira by just 1,315 votes. In the current balloting Teixeira now has 35,632 more votes than Youkilis . . . Jeter leads in the voting at shortstop with a considerable lead over the Rays’ Jason Bartlett and Rangers rookie Elvis Andrus. Jeter leads all AL vote-getters with more than 2.5 million votes. The voting ends on July 2 . . . A.J. Burnett, who was suspended by Major League Baseball for six games for a June 2 incident, dropped his appeal in exchange for a reduction of the suspension to five games. He began serving the suspension Sunday. Burnett was accused of throwing at the head of Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz after Rangers starter Vicente Padilla had hit two Yankees with inside fastballs. Home plate umpire Doug Eddings warned both benches but did not eject Burnett. MLB issued the suspension a day later but surprisingly did not suspend Padilla. Because of an off day for the Yankees on Monday, Burnett will pitch Saturday against the Mets in Citi Field and there will be no disruption in the rotation this week. Burnett’s start scheduled originally for Friday will go to CC Sabathia, who will still pitch on regular rest . . . Sabathia, who left his start in the second inning on Sunday with left biceps tendinitis will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. If he feels healthy he will pitch Friday against the Mets. Sabathia told reporters that he feels fine and he expects to be able to make the start . . . Outfielder Johnny Damon did not start a second straight game with a sore right calf. Damon has pinch-hit in the late innings in the past two games and reached both times on walks. But he was immediately replaced by pinch-runners on both occasions. Damon injured his calf on a play Saturday where he misplayed a line drive into an error. Damon hopes to start Wednesday night but is listed as day-to-day.