The Norman Transcript


August 20, 2013

A-Rod fighting a two-front war



After years of denials, Rodriguez admitted four years ago that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03.

Then Miami New Times reported in January that he had received PEDs from the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which sparked MLB’s investigation leading to suspensions of 14 players this summer.

Recovering from hip surgery in January, Rodriguez rejoined the Yankees on Aug. 5, hours after his discipline was announced. Since then he’s hit .319 with two homers and six RBIs, including a home run that sparked the Yankees to a 9-6 win at Boston on Sunday night.

When Dempster’s first pitch nearly hit A-Rod, Yankees manager Joe Girardi moved to the top step of the dugout. When the 3-0 pitch struck A-Rod’s left elbow pad and ricocheted off his back, Rodriguez glared at the mound and Girardi sprinted onto the field, screaming at plate umpire Brian O’Nora for not ejecting the pitcher and throwing a right hook a few inches in front of the umpire’s face. Girardi was ejected for his profane tirade.

“You can’t just start taking pot shots because you disagree with the way the system is set up,” Girardi said. “Whether I agree with everything that’s going on, you do not throw at people and you don’t take the law into your own hands. You don’t do that. We’re going to skip the judicial system? It’s ‘My Cousin Vinny.”’

Rodriguez never made a move toward Dempster during the dustup. Instead, he settled matters his own way a few innings later, homering 10 rows deep into the center-field seats leading off the sixth.

That long drive cut the Yankees’ deficit to 6-4 and started a four-run rally. He screamed as he rounded first base and pointed with both hands to the sky as he stepped on home plate.

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