01
Sep
07

The D-Rays are scumbags

Yankees vs. Devil Rays

… with Akinori Iwamura in the middle of his at-bat, Yankees Manager Joe Torre paid a visit to the crew chief Dana DeMuth.

  His complaint was that it appeared as if the top of Iwamura’s bat had been sawed off. Torre asked if the bat was legal. DeMuth talked with his officiating crew and Devil Rays Manager Joe Maddon, then with Iwamura. In the meantime, Kennedy, whose pitch total in the second inning soared to 36, stood on the mound wondering what was going on, but appreciating the opportunity to rest. Finally, Iwamura surrendered his bat. He struck out on the next pitch to end the inning. “It comes back to his poise,” Torre said of Kennedy. “He seemed very prepared to pitch this game. You had to be impressed.” When Rodriguez came to the plate in the bottom of the third, Maddon asked DeMuth to look at Rodriguez’s bat, contending that there was something in it that altered the distance of the ball. If Maddon did not use the dreaded word “corked,” it was clearly the insinuation. Because managers are entitled to a challenge, Rodriguez’s bat was taken and is on its way to baseball’s offices for examination, along with Iwamura’s. With his new bat, Rodriguez smacked the next pitch for a single, part of a two-run inning that gave Kennedy a lead he did not surrender. Torre seemed miffed at what he termed gamesmanship, but Rodriguez said he thought it was funny.“I was hoping he would take my glove, too, after that pop-up,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t really care about that stuff. I can use anything.”Apparently so. Rodriguez had four runs batted in on three hits, two of them with the new bat. His ground-rule double in the fourth inning drove in two runs. – “Kennedy’s Debut a Success for Yankees,” NYT

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Graham Davis lives in Lansing, Michigan.

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