Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A-Rod Owns Bartolo, but He Rides the Pine

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A-Rod Owns Bartolo, but He Rides the Pine

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NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez sports some monstrous career statistics against Mets starter Bartolo Colon, but the Yankees' aging slugger - benched again Thursday night - couldn't do any damage from a dugout seat.

And no one was more stunned about A-Rod's absence than Colon.

"I was surprised not to see him because we all know he's always hit well against me. I always say, 'That's my dad,' '' Colon said via an interpreter after guiding the Mets to a 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium and a split of the four-game, home-and-home Subway Series.

Jay Bruce's three-run homer - his first hit as a Met - was the crushing blow against Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi, whose costly fielding mistake gave the visitors a valuable extra out in the fifth.

The forgotten A-Rod might have provided the Yankees (54-54) a puncher's chance against a veteran whose fastball tops out at 91 mph.

"It's impressive what he does at [age] 43," Girardi said of a right-hander who was once in his rotation. "He's just got incredible control with really good movement."

Girardi's lineup barely touched Colon (10-6), charged with just one earned run over 6 2/3 innings. The Mets (56-52) had built a 4-0 lead on homers by Kelly Johnson and Bruce, his 26th of the year.

On the anniversary of his 500th homer (in 2007) and his 600th homer (in 2010), A-Rod - just four homers shy of 700 - didn't even appear on the field for pregame batting practice.

Called up Wednesday, Gary Sanchez (2-for-4) served as the Yankees' designated hitter for a second straight game and is scheduled to catch tonight's game against Cleveland, Girardi said.

"We want to see what he can do," Girardi said of the young right- handed hitter, whose seventh-inning double was one of just six hits yielded by Colon, who walked none and struck out one.

And the long wait for Rodriguez continues.

The Indians are due to start three right-handers during this weekend's series at the Stadium, which suggests A-Rod's continued awkward existence as a reserve. …

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