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K-Rod on facing LAA: Don't care

6/17/2011

Francisco Rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez

#75 RP
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM34
  • W1

  • L2

  • BB14

  • K39

  • ERA3.18

Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco. Frankie Rodriguez certainly didn’t leave his in Anaheim.

K-Rod, who played his first seven seasons with the Angels, didn't seem to care much about facing his former team for the first time.

“Not at all. It’s another team,” said Rodriguez, who saved an MLB record 62 games for the Angels in 2008.

Does Rodriguez have anything to prove to his old club? Absolutely not.

“I don’t have to show or prove anything to anybody,” he said. He later added: “Obviously they gave me the opportunity to be where I’m at right now but other than that, when I cross the line this is my enemy.”

K-Rod snapped a consecutive save streak of 19 games on Thursday night when he gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Brooks Conrad in Atlanta.

He’s pitched in three straight games, but is anxious to get back on the mound Friday, even if it means throwing in four straight games.

“After the outing (Thursday) night, I definitely want to go back there,” he said.