Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and played third base in the ninth inning in his final game with the Yankees, as New York took the opener from the Rays, 6-3, from Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Read the full AP Recap on SNY.tv.
- Rodriguez doubled in his first at-bat of the game, driving in Brett Gardner with the team's first run of the day. He would finish his last game 1-for-4.
- Rodriguez, who started the game at DH, came into the game as the third baseman in the final inning. He exited after the first out was recorded and was replaced by Ronald Torreyes.
- CC Sabathia struck out seven and allowed three runs over six innings of work. He allowed a solo home run to Evan Longoria in the first inning.
- Tied at three in the sixth, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer to put the Yankees on top. He also had a two-RBI single in fourth. Castro now has 52 RBIs this year.
- Aaron Hicks drilled a solo home run in the seventh, his fifth of the season.
The Yankees won their third straight game, once again via comeback and this time doing it against a top-flight and hot pitcher in Chris Archer. However, the bigger story was Rodriguez.
In A-Rod's final game as a Yankee, he delivered one last double, one last RBI and got to put on the glove one last time in pinstripes. The fans gave a rousing ovation to Rodriguez once he was removed by manager Joe Girardi. Rodriguez relished the moment which culminated a fine final sendoff by the Yankees.
Castro, one of Rodriguez's prodigies this summer, did much of the damage with a home run and four RBIs. Castro has had some nice moments this season but there seems to be so much more potential in his bat. If Rodriguez sticks with the advisor role next season, he could make a significant impact with Castro and others.
The Yankees and Rays will continue their series from the Bronx at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-4, 3.32 ERA) starts for the Yankees and will go up against RHP Matt Andriese (6-3, 2.90 ERA).