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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguezs time with the New York Yankees will be remembered for one World Series title, two MVP awards and countless controversies.And for him not being Derek Jeter.When Im amongst Yankee fans and the conversation turns to him, hes not held with great fondness, said Marty Appel, author of Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.There was just something about the way he related to people over the years that fell short of a warm embrace, whether it was body language or dating celebrities, said Appel, a former Yankees media relations director and television producer. The rank-and-file lunch-box-carrying people just never really took to him.Perhaps the most talented and notorious player of his era, Rodriguez is set to play his final game for the Yankees on Friday night at home against Tampa Bay. New York plans to release A-Rod after the game, even though the team must pay him about $7 million for the rest of this season and $20 million more next year.I think its going to be a crazy, electric stadium. I think there will be plenty of applause and there will be plenty of boos because people love to hate him, said Bald Vinny Milano of the Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures, who became an A-Rod fan after meeting him at a charity event. There are always going to be Yankees fans who hate the guy, no matter what his on-field accomplishments were, no matter how great of a player he was on the field. Outside influences affect their opinion of the guy -- whether theyre right, wrong or indifferent. They attack his personality or his attitude. But if you look at baseball only, theres no way you cant say hes one of the best who ever played the game.Mariano Rivera got a sendoff tour, leaving the Yankee Stadium mound for the final time in tears when Jeter and Andy Pettitte removed him three years ago, setting off a thunderous 4-minute ovation.Jeter, like Rivera a five-time World Series champion, got another round-the-league farewell and hit a game-winning single versus Baltimore on his final swing at Yankee Stadium in September 2014, raising both arms in triumph.Mark Teixeira is still starting and will remain with the team until the end of the season after announcing this will be the final season.Rodriguez, usually Yin to Jeters Yang, has been told pretty much to hit the road quickly with his .199 average as the Yankees turn to youth. He is being given a position as an adviser to mentor prospects next year, and his goodbye takes place with an undertone of good riddance.My job description does not entail a farewell tour, manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, explaining Rodriguezs disappearance from the lineup.A-Rod, who turned 41 last month, has hit .283 with 351 homers and 1,095 RBI for the Yankees, helping lead them win their 27th Series title in 2009 but often failing in other postseasons.But for some fans, he will never be in the same category as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Jeter.A-Rods career was tainted by his 2009 admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 and his season-long suspension in 2014 for violations of baseballs drug agreement and labor contract. Fans at ballparks on the road held up signs deriding him as A-Roid and Cheater.Before the World Series title, he was considered an automatic October out, his stature diminished by an 8-for-59 (.136) postseason funk from 2004-07 that included 18 consecutive hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position. And he leaves with just six postseason RBI in his last 79 at-bats.Still, he did hit .365 with six homers and 18 RBI in the 2009 postseason. He did have 13 consecutive seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI, seven of those years with the Yankees. And 1,578 of his 3,114 hits and a majority of his 696 home runs have been for New York.He was on the field for spring training workouts at sunrise, perhaps the hardest worker on a team of proven professionals. He became a 14-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove shortstop and the 1996 AL batting champion. He trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in home runs, and his 2,085 RBI are second to Aarons 2,297 since RBI became an official statistic.But Rodriguez was never just about baseball.He made tabloid headlines for his divorce; dating Madonna, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz and Torrie Wilson; for sunbathing shirtless in Central Park; walking through a Toronto hotel lobby with a blond stripper; participating in high-stakes celebrity poker games; selling his Miami house for $30 million; and living in a Manhattan condominium with tax abatement.There were the lawsuits, later dropped, against Major League Baseball; the Major League Baseball Players Association, Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.Who brought more shame to the franchise? How many Yankee immortals sued the team doctor? The players association? Baseball itself? said broadcaster and baseball historian Keith Olbermann, whose family had Yankees season tickets from 1972-2012. Reggie (Jackson) got to three World Series in five seasons. Billy Martin? Seven in 15, right? Alexs era with the Yankees is one of the most barren in franchise history. There will be no reason for the fans to recall him fondly or even positively.Even before Rodriguez was dealt to the Yankees by Texas in February 2004, he often was in the center of a storm. His record $252 million, 10-year contract with the Rangers in December 2000 put A-Rod in a permanent spotlight. In the April 2001 issue of Esquire, he transformed from Jeters friend to frenemy.Jeters been blessed with great talent around him. Hes never had to lead, Rodriguez was quoted as saying. You go into New York, you wanna stop Bernie (Williams) and (Paul) ONeill. You never say, `Dont let Derek beat you. Hes never your concern.Former manager Joe Torres 2009 book with Tom Verducci said some teammates referred to Rodriguez as A-Fraud and compared A-Rods supposed obsession with Jeter to the movie Single White Female. That same year, Details magazine ran a photo of Rodriguez kissing his reflection in a mirror. Always concerned about his appearance, Rodriguez always emerged from the showers fully clothed in the clubhouse at new Yankee Stadium, never wanting to be seen getting dressed.A-Rod famously was called out for interference when he swatted at Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyos glove and knocked the ball loose during the 2004 AL Championship Series, three months after Arroyo hit Rodriguez with a pitch, causing A-Rod and catcher Jason Varitek to spark a brawl.Rodriguezs decision to opt out of his $252 million contract became public during the final game of Bostons 2007 World Series victory. His record $275 million, 10-year deal to stay with the Yankees was finalized on the same day the Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball was released.With A-Rods body broken down from six trips to the disabled list since 2008 and his skills diminished, the Yankees have no use for him.In making his announcement last weekend, Rodriguez admitted hes been to hell and back, and made every mistake in the book.His place in history will be a permanent debate.If he had any kind of personal epiphany at the end it came, like any Shakespearean tragic hero, too late, Olbermann said. Macbeth was still a villain. This guy, too. Nike Air Max 90 Nz . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. 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Only hours after enduring two rain delays totalling 5 hours, 32 minutes that pushed the end of their loss to the Kansas City Royals to 3:14 a.m. Friday, the Cardinals never got started against the San Francisco Giants. The Giants and Cardinals were postponed by inclement weather Friday night -- no rain had fallen at Busch Stadium before the game was called -- that included tornado warnings in the area. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday. San Francisco needed a break, too. "You hate to see a rain-out but we probably have a couple of guys who could use a day. So, a split-doubleheader," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Its the last time we see this club, so it leaves no choice in the manner right now. Well play two." Both teams will stick with their scheduled starters for both games Saturday. The Giants Matt Cain (4-2) will face Shelby Miller (5-3) in the opener, followed by Madison Bumgarner (4-3) vs. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (7-3) in the nightcap. Thats if weather permits. The forecast calls for a 60 per cent chance of rain throughout the day. The postponement was the 26th this season, including one after the Boston Marathon bombings. The 26 tops the total for all of last season, according to STATS. Last year there were 21 games postponed. The Cardinals closed their locker room and didnt make manager Mike Matheny available to the media after the game was called. The off night came at a good time for St. Louis. Many of the players didnt leave afteer Thursdays game until around 4 a.dddddddddddd. Friday. The late-night loss to Kansas City on snapped a four-game winning streak for the Cardinals. They went 20-7 in May. Matheny was asked prior to the game against the Giants if the previous marathon evening would adversely affect his team. "Ill tell you later," he said. "The guys all slept in. We had a late arrival day today. Im not sure how exactly its going to affect them. We havent had a really favourable schedule. Weve had plenty of these days where we didnt get much sleep and right back on the horse the next day. "We made it very clear, this could be an opportunity to complain and have an excuse," Matheny said. "I just dont think its in our nature." Bochy said the delay did provide needed rest for players such as Angel Pagan. The outfielder has nursed a hamstring injury throughout May. "Right now, Ill put it at 50-50 tomorrow," Bochy said. "He still feels a little something there, so well wait until he gets there tomorrow and well look at him. It wont be in the first game, but maybe the second. If not, than Sunday." Bochy also announced prior to the game that Pablo Sandoval would likely miss the entire St. Louis series if not a full week because of a strain in his right foot. An MRI showed a treatable injury, Bochy said, and the team hopes to keep their third baseman off the disabled list. San Francisco arrived in St. Louis having lost five of eight. On Thursday, the Giants beat Oakland to end a three-game skid. They play 12 of their next 14 games on the road. ' ' '

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