Moose is back, and so is ARod. Álex Rodríguez received was named AL player of the week, and at .283/.380/.515 on the season with 31 homers/104 rbis/97 runs (2nd/1st/1st amongst AL third baseman). Even the Post was able to write a non-backhanded compliment to the reigning MVP. ARod also reached rarified air along with Manny Ramirez in hitting 30+ homers and 100+ rbis in nine consecutive seasons, trailing only Jimmie Foxx(12) in that lofty achievement, which also ties modern pariahs Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa. Congratulations, Álex and Manny.
Tonight’s game features Mike Mussina coming off a brief stint on the DL to rehab an aggravated groin, facing Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.75).
With 26 games left in the regular season, the discussion about individual accolades is an interesting distraction; I love how MVP talk always seems to angry up the blood. However, what I really want to see is New York catch those Tigers, and beating the Royals tonight is the first order of business. Comment away.