First Pitch: Confident in A-Rod?

July, 15, 2012
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It's been an eventful series thus far for Alex Rodriguez.

The Yankees' third baseman -- always a lightning rod among fans and the media -- was booed lustily on Friday night after grounding out with a chance to drive in Curtis Granderson from third in the sixth inning.

He finished the game 0-for-4.

Joe Girardi chalked up the boos to Yankeea fans' high expectationa for the astronomically-paid slugger.

"They just want him to be productive and ... that's what he wants," Girardi said Saturday morning.

But is A-Rod still capable of the kind of production Yankees fans are accustomed to?

He went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Saturday, and received a much more positive reaction from the crowd.

Still, he finished the day stuck on 13 homers and 38 RBIs. A-Rod has had at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in every season in which he's played at least 100 games since 1998.

Will that streak continue this season? Barring injury, A-Rod will get to 100 games played. But he seems to be a longshot to reach the 30-homer, 100-RBI plateau again this season.

Girardi said earlier this season that he's confident Rodriguez can get hot and hit seven or eight homers in a month.

He reiterated on Saturday that he still believes that's possible.

Question: Do you? Are you still confident that A-Rod can have a lengthy power streak to get back to the 30-homer, 100-RBI mark?

UP NOW: Two items. One on Rafael Soriano and his importance to this Yankees season. The other addresses Robinson Cano's big game on Saturday, and Freddy Garcia's dominance against the Angels.

WHAT'S NEXT? Ivan Nova (10-3, 3.29 ERA) is opposed by Jered Weaver (10-1, 1.96) in Sunday's finale. Nova struck out 10 in his last start before the All Star break -- a 7-3 Yankees win over the Red Sox.

In his career, Nova is 3-1 with a 5.11 ERA in four starts against the Angels.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
CC Sabathia
WINS ERA SO IP
2 5.19 27 26
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Solarte .370
HRC. Beltran 4
RBIC. Beltran 9
RA. Soriano 9
OPSY. Solarte 1.007
ERAM. Pineda 1.00
SOM. Tanaka 28

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