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If Alex Rodriguez was looking to distract attention from his personal life, it seems he succeeded in Toronto at least.

With the Yankees holding an 7-5 advantage in the top of the ninth last night, Jorge Posada hit a routine pop-up to Jays third baseman Howie Clark that would’ve ended the inning. But with the ball in the air and A-Rod on the base paths, the Yankees slugger yelled something toward the Toronto infielders that prompted Clark to back off at the last second with the expectation that shortstop John McDonald had called the ball.

Rodriguez maintains that he simply yelled out, “Hah!” The Jays claim that A-Rod yelled out “Mine!” Either way, the ball dropped for an RBI single and the Yanks won the game 10-5, ending their five-game losing streak.

Not surprisingly, the Blue Jays were incensed, and McDonald had to be separated from A-Rod by the umpire. Afterwards, Rodriguez could be seen standing on third with a smirk.

Said Jays manager John Gibbons:

“The thing about the Yankees, one of the reasons they’re so respected, is they do things right. Always have. They’ve got a lot of pride and a lot of class. They play the game hard.

“That’s not Yankee pride right there. That’s not the way they play. I thought it was bush league.”

According to the New York Post, some Toronto players went a step further. Via George King:

One Blue Jay player used the platform to repeat what the Red Sox said after the 2004 ALCS when Rodriguez used a karate chop to try and dislodge the ball from Bronson Arroyo‘s hands.

“Stuff like that is why he never will be a real Yankee,” the player said.

Matt Stairs, who came in from left field while shortstop John McDonald was railing at third base coach Larry Bowa, was crisp in his criticism.

“It was a [horsespit] play; I hope you use that,” Stairs said. “Ask his teammates about it and if they say, ‘No comment,’ that will tell you.”

Derek Jeter did exactly that.

“I don’t know; you will have to ask him,” Jeter said. “I wasn’t out there.”

“I am not sure it’s allowed, but if it is … ” said Johnny Damon, whose leadoff homer triggered a five-inning first for the Yankees.
Knowing that his mouth helped the Yankees win and shave the Red Sox AL East lead to 131/2 games, Rodriguez wasn’t concerned with the criticism.

“I could care less,” Rodriguez said. “They have their opinions. We were looking to not get swept.”

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