Alex Rodriguez’s homecoming will have to wait a little longer.
Following a tumultuous month at the plate, the slumping third baseman was benched Friday for two games by the New York Yankees for what he and the team called “fatigue.”
The three-time AL MVP had been set to play his first regular-season games in his hometown of Miami against the Marlins.
Rodriguez said he had reserved about 100 tickets for family and friends, including his mother, and wasn’t looking forward to telling her the only place she’ll likely see him before Sunday is the bench.
“Have to tell her to save the gas money,” Rodriguez said. “She’s going to be disappointed.”
Rodriguez is batting .145 (8 for 55) in June.
Roger Clemens, author?
Roger Clemens might write a book to get his side of the story out in his nasty dispute with Brian McNamee, his former trainer.
McNamee has accused Clemens of using steroids and human growth hormone, charges the seven-time Cy Young Award winner repeatedly and vehemently denies. Clemens filed a defamation suit, much of which was dismissed, and it remains unclear if it will go to trial.
“If I don’t get that opportunity, I’m not sure how we’ll go forward. That is something to be handled if, or when, the time comes,” Clemens said.
Tom Glavine said he plans to “hang out” for the rest of the summer but is not announcing his retirement. The Atlanta Braves released the 43-year-old Glavine on June 3 after finishing rehabilitation from offseason surgery on his left elbow and shoulder. ... The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks told Tucson and Pima County officials they will move their spring training base from Hi Corbett Field after 2010. ... Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron called on Major League Baseball to do more to increase participation by blacks in the game. ... The Milwaukee Brewers’ ballpark sustained significant flood damage during a strong storm early Friday, but team officials expect cleanup to be completed in time for the team’s homestand next week. ... Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron has had his two-game suspension cut to one game. The former Seattle Mariner was suspended and fined for making contact with plate umpire Marvin Hudson after a called third strike on June 6 against Atlanta. ... Colorado Rockies setup man Manny Corpas arrived at Coors Field with a swollen right elbow and has been sent for an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test. ... Fernando Martinez is about to get plenty of playing time — in the minor leagues. The New York Mets optioned their top prospect back to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled outfielder-first baseman Nick Evans before hosting Tampa Bay in the opener of a 10-game homestand. ... Three-time All-Star Brandon Webb remains back home in Phoenix with pain in his pitching shoulder and won’t see an Arizona Diamondbacks team doctor until after Father’s Day. …The Tigers gave manager Jim Leyland a two-year contract extension through the 2011 season. ... The Detroit Tigers recalled catcher Dusty Ryan from Triple-A Toledo, filling the roster spot created when pitcher Dontrelle Willis went on the 15-day disabled list. ... Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner says he’s “feeling fine” after a collision with the wall Thursday that forced him to be carted off the field.