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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
First Pitch: As the A-Rod turns ...

By Mike Mazzeo

The A-Rod Circus is back in town following a brief road trip.

And during that three-day weekend in Boston, a lot happened.

To summarize: The New York Yankees don’t like A-Rod, though they aren’t complaining when he helps them win games. And A-Rod doesn’t like the Yankees, though he isn’t complaining when they pay him.

In between, the Yankees' GM and president aren’t talking to him, his lawyer is calling out anyone and everyone, and Major League Baseball would be happy to waive its confidentiality agreement so they can release the dirt they have on him to the public.

(And no, we didn’t forget about the whole MRI grievance, the fact he paid for Anthony Bosch’s attorney and this whole Brian Cashman mistress lawyer fiasco. Apologies if we missed something, but it’s hard to keep up.)

Plus, he became a sympathetic figure on Sunday night, when Ryan Dempster pulled the “silly and unprofessional” stunt of hitting him after throwing a pitch behind him. A-Rod got the ultimate revenge, belting a bomb over the fence in straightaway center.

The Yankees won the game and series, and, if they come back to make the playoffs, this just might be the turning point.

Oh, and remember, his arbitration hearing on his appeal of his 211-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy isn’t expected to happen until November at the earliest.

Just like you, we can’t help but wonder: What’s next?

On Tuesday, the Yankees will play a day-night doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Stadium. They need to go 29-10 in their last 39 games to finish 93-69.

In 12 games (47 at-bats), Rodriguez has two home runs, six RBIs and a .319/.407/.489 slash line.

On the field, he has been pretty darn productive, certainly way more productive than the other third basemen the team has put out there in his absence.

A-Rod received a mix of boos and cheers the last time he played in front of the home crowd. Basically, if he did something good, they cheered. If he did something bad, they booed.

Yes, like Seinfeld says, most American sports fans root for the laundry.

Nevertheless, how do you think Rodriguez will be received in the Bronx this time around following the latest few episodes of “As The A-Rod Saga Turns?” Let us know in the comments section.

Up now: If you like A-Rod stories, we got plenty of them. Plus, I filed up the blog with several items.

On deck: Ivan Nova (6-4) toes the rubber in the first game of the double-dip at 1:05 p.m., while Phil Hughes (4-12) takes the ball in the nightcap at 7:05 p.m. Esmil Rogers and Mark Buehrle will oppose them. Andrew Marchand and Matt Ehalt make up team ESPNNewYork.com for Tuesday’s coverage. We appreciate you frequenting the blog often for updates, and, as always, thanks for reading.