Got it…got it…can’t see it!
Welcome to Yankee Stadium in the late afternoon of a sunny day. These 4 p.m. starts not only can play havoc with hitters as shadows engulf the plate but also outfielders trying to track fly balls with the sun glaring into their eyes.
Both center fielders have adventures in the first inning of the Yankees-Blue Jays game Saturday. The Yankees’ Curtis Granderson lost sight of Rajai Davis’ drive that became a leadoff triple. He scored the first run of the game on an infield out by Yunel Escobar.
The sun struck back in the Yankees’ favor in the bottom of the first when Davis, playing center field, lost a high fly by Mark Teixeira that fell on the warning track for a double. It did not cost the Jays a run, however, as Robinson Cano struck out.
Cano was in the cleanup spot Saturday because Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to give Alex Rodriguez the day off. A-Rod had a tough time of it Friday night in the Yankees’ 5-3 loss. He went 0-for-5 and stranded seven base runners.
Rodriguez has slumped since returning to the lineup after missing one game due to a tight left oblique. Although he did have a six-RBI game in Baltimore during this stretch, A-Rod overall had 5-for-30 (.167), which dropped his season average from .366 to .290. He said before the game that he had become conscious of not re-injuring the muscle and fell into bad habits. Rodriguez was out for early hitting Friday night and Saturday to try and regain his early-season form.