waste no time jumping into the thick of the
race, that’s for sure. After the three-game series with the
that starts with today’s season opener, they’ll open a six game road trip against the
And it's the Yankees, with all their injuries to big-name players and their aging lineup, who figure to be one of baseball's most intriguing stories this season.
It was only one game, but the Yankees’ offense looked anemic in an 8-2 loss to the Red Sox Monday at
But it’ll be weird for the Orioles to face a Yankees lineup populated with newcomers
The Yankees were held to six hits and struck out 10 times, seven with runners on base. And by the seventh inning, Yankees fans were heading to the exits in droves, a comeback apparently out of the question in their minds.
And how weird was it to see Kevin Youkillis in Yankees pinstripes yesterday? Then again, the former Red Sox generated a familiar Bronx cheer after striking out in the seventh with two on and sending much of the crowd to the parking lots and subways.
Maybe the only familiar element at the Stadium yesterday was the usual intrigue that invariably surrounds this ballclub.
Yesterday it centered on – I know this is shocking -- A-Rod.
The big third baseman was in uniform after offseason hip surgery, hobnobbing with his teammates before the game. But he chose not to be part of the pre-game introductions.
Instead he entertained the voracious New York media with various no-comments and evasive replies to questions about news reports linking him to Biogenisis, the infamous Miami clinic dogged by charges it provided steroids to major league players.
Rodriguez, who is rehabbing the hip in New York, said he wasn't sure when he'd be back in the Yankees' lineup. But he said whenever he returned, he was sure he could play "at a very high level."
Judging by the gloom that permeated the Stadium yesterday, Yankees fans just hope their team isn't buried deep in the standings by the time A-Rod and some of the other veterans are healthy.