A-Rod: We can't be too HR dependent

May, 21, 2011
5/21/11
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Can the Yankees be too reliant on the home run? Alex Rodriguez says yes. On a night his sixth-inning solo shot was one of four long balls hit by the Yankees, A-Rod said that a team can be too home run heavy in how it scores runs.

"I think so," Rodriguez said. "It is important for us to think small ball and hit behind runners and also score with base hits, doubles, sacrifices, there are many ways to score -- and, later on when it counts the most, it is hard to score only by home runs."

This season, the Yankees have scored 52.2 percent of their runs on home runs (118 of 226 runs).

There are worse problems to have for a baseball team, then hitting too many home runs. But A-Rod is right, when October comes and a team is facing top pitching it is important to have a diverse offense.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Brett Gardner
BA HR RBI R
.283 14 47 68
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 18
RBIM. Teixeira 50
RB. Gardner 68
OPSB. Gardner .816
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135