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Alex Rodriguez confirmed to the Associated Press Friday that long-time agent Scott Boras is no longer representing him.  Boras had been A-Rod’s agent for his entire major league career, starting in 1993.

With A-Rod in the third year of a 10 Year, $275 Million contract with the Yankees, coupled with the low number of endorsements A-Rod has, means he most likely won’t need an agent for the remainder of his career.  At the very least, he will not need an agent of Boras’ stature.

Rodriguez told the AP that there was nothing specific that led to the separation, simply saying “some of the things I needed 20 years ago I really don’t need now.”

Rodriguez actually negotiated his last contract with the Yankees after a falling out with Boras and the way he was handling A-Rod’s free agency.  It’s been rumored that the Yankees had initially been prepared to pay him in excess off $300 Million over ten years had Rodriguez not opted out of the final three years of his previous deal.  Instead, Boras announced that Rodriguez had opted out in the middle of Game 4 of the 2007 World Series, a move that generated criticism across the sport.

Boras seemed to misunderstand the market for A-Rod and when no other teams bit at Boras’ demands of $300+++ Million, Rodriguez started communications with the Yankee directly and ended up negotiating the current 10-year deal.

It’s unknown how much their relationship has soured since that fateful offseason and if it has played any part in this separation almost 3 years later.

Last night was all about the team. No individuals here. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Dustin Moseley, Lance Berkman.

Dustin Moseley filled in for an injured A.J. Burnett and helped lead the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Mark Teixeira hit his 25th homer, becoming the fourth player to hit at least 25 in each of his first eight big league seasons, and Lance Berkman won over Yankees fans with two doubles.

Jeter broke a tie with The Babe for 39th place on the career hits list with an RBI single in the second inning, his 2,874th hit. Jeter waved his helmet to an standing ovation. Jeter doubled in two runs in the fifth to give New York a 7-1 lead and end Josh Beckett’s night with a Bronx cheer.

(AP photo)

Even A-Rod contributed, becoming just the second (by my count) member of the 600-300 club with his steal.

Beckett allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings, and there were some discussions on Twitter whether Beckett is now the Yankees’ Daddy (good bye, Pedro).

In the rotation because Andy Pettitte is on the disabled list with a strained groin, Moseley moved up a day when Burnett tweaked his back throwing on flat ground. In his third start, the right-hander worked the corners with a fastball that rarely exceeded 90 mph and gave up six hits and two runs, including a homer to Hall.

In the second inning, Berkman sent a ball down the right-field line for his first extra-base hit with the Yankees in 23 at-bats. He scored when Hall made a diving stop on Brett Gardner’s groundball but his throw sailed past first base for an error.

Gardner scored on Jeter’s hit to make it 2-0.

Teixeira homered leading off the fifth against Beckett and Berkman followed a walk and hit batter with a one-out RBI doubled down the third-base line to make it 4-1.

Cano was hit twice in the fifth, once by Beckett and again by catcher Kevin Cash, whose throw to third hit him in the helmet as he was diving back to the bag. Cano jumped up and raced home. Jeter added a two-run double to right-center.

Phil Hughes goes for the series win today against Jon Lester at 2:05 p.m.
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ESPN just posted this article dissecting the MVPs of the rivalry since 1995 — the year both teams made the playoffs.

I won’t go into details here, but here are the MVPs of both teams — the lineup and the rotation.

Red Sox MVP: Manny Ramirez (no surprise here, this was to be expected)

Red Sox MVP pitcher: Pedro Martinez (I may have thought of Curt Schilling, but Pedro was around longer than Curt and he had several gems, even if he was the Yankees’ “Daddy.”)

Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez (I think what surprises me the most is that Paul O’Neill is second on the list and Jeter isn’t even in the top five)

Yankees MVP pitcher: Mariano Rivera (No surprises here, and number two is Andy Pettitte, again no surprises here.

I think it’s quite an interesting article to read, so go ahead and click on the link above to read about the MVPs of the rivalry.

The Yankees ended their six-game road trip on a strong note against two AL East rivals Sunday afternoon. The day after CC Sabathia’s near no-hitter A.J. Burnett pitched seven strong innings and Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez drove in two runs apiece to lead the Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3.

Burnett allowed two runs and six hits as he earned his first win of the season. Burnett gave up singles to Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford to start the game then limited Tampa Bay to four hits over the next six innings.

Joba Chamberlain pitched the eighth, allowing a RBI triple to Crawford. Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

Posada’s two-run homer off Randy Choate gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Rodriguez doubled off the wall in left field to drive in two to make it 6-2 in seventh, and Nick Swisher added a solo homer in the eighth off Andy Sonnanstine.

In a note that Chad Jennings wrote on LoHud, Swisher made a split-second decision to bring his warm-up bat to the plate. That 34-oz bat is three ounces heavier than his regular bat. He promptly hit a home run.

Burnett, who walked three and struck out one, worked out of a jam in the sixth after the Rays loaded the bases, helped by Evan Longoria’s infield pop single that struck one of the catwalks in the domed stadium before falling to the field. Burnett improved to 12-4 lifetime against the Rays, including 6-2 in 11 starts at Tropicana Field. He was 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay last season.

Bartlett singled leading off the first, stole second and scored on Crawford’s single. Carlos Pena later grounded into a force play to drive home Crawford.

Curtis Granderson’s RBI double began New York’s comeback against Rays starter James Shields in the second inning. Granderson got two hits today to raise his season average to .348. The day after getting three hits in his last three ABs, Mark Teixeira went 0-4 on his birthday. Although Tex is having a slow start, the Yankees are fueled by Rodriguez and their new #5 hitter, Robinson Cano, who’s leading the team with a .360 average.

The Yankees are off tomorrow (again) before starting their homestand with their own Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. They will host the Los Angeles Angels and will present their players with their World Series rings. Present will be former Yankee Hideki Matsui, who is now a member of the Angels. He’ll more likely be greeted by the Yankee faithful for his World Series game six masterpiece.

Andy Pettitte will pitch the home opener against Ervin Santana. Pregame ceremonies will start at 12:15 and the game will start at 1:05 p.m.

(Photo above from the AP)

The pitching of David Price and a pair of two-run homers led the Tampa Bay Rays over the Yankees on Friday night, 9-3.  Price allowed three runs and seven hits in a career-best 7 2/3 innings. Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar hit the two-run home runs.

Javier Vazquez got the start for the Yankees and for the first three innings was effective, but in the bottom of the fourth, Jason Bartlett started the offensive surge for the 3-1 Rays. Carl Crawford, Dioner Navarro and Ben Zobrist also drove in runs for the Rays.

Alex Rodriguez had a RBI triple in the top of the fourth for the Yankees, who were limited to four hits until Derek Jeter and Nick Johnson doubled to open the eighth, producing New York’s third run. Price gave up an infield single to Robinson Cano and walked Jorge Posada to load the bases. Lance Cormier replaced Price and struck out Nick Swisher to get out of the jam.

A-Rod’s triple scored home Nick Johnson, who got his first hit of the season before A-Rod’s at-bat, and Rodriguez scored when Dionner Navarro threw erratically, producing an “in-the-park-homer”. That was all the Yankees could do until the 8th inning.

Price was simply the better pitcher tonight. The Yankees have batted .123 against Price since his debut in 2007 and they simply need to find a better way to perform against him.

Saturday’s game is at 3:10pm and features CC Sabathia in his second start of the season against Wade Davis, making his first start of 2010. I’m feeling the Yankees will rebound and get this one.

(AP photo of David Price)

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