Chalk this game up as one of the worst of A-Rod’s career, whether you call it his entire career or his Yankee tenure.

A-Rod solely accounted for seven outs in the game last night as the Yankees lost 7-3 to their division rivals in what may be the last time they face each other at the grand old Cathedral.

A-Rod went 0-5 with two strikeouts and two GIDPs. In reports to the media after the game, A-Rod took full blame of his errors and promised to spend extra time with hitting coach Kevin Long before today’s game. I’m not too sure what this will translate into. One day of extra BP won’t help cure what has been lacking all season — his ability to hit with RISP, avoid double plays, and hit in the clutch. A-Rod is arguably the best hitter in MLB and he needs to prove it. That’s why he has the $275 million contract, because the Yankees want him, and he needs to be there.

So, every time he screwed up last night, the 55,000 plus on hand booed lustily. Deservedly so. That’s what you get for playing in New York. Plus your ogling of women in different cities doesn’t work. You don’t hear that happen with Jeter. He knows how to keep it cool and discreet. A-Rod doesn’t, so he gets tabloid fodder.

Enought about A-Rod. Pettitte was just as bad, pitching only 4.2 innings when the Yankees needed him at his best. The umpire wasn’t fair with a small strike zone, but Pettitte is a seasoned veteran who is third on the all-time Yankees win list that knows how to pitch and has lost his ability several times this season already.

Johnny Damon had two homers, Jeter had two hits, Abreu had two hits. That is good for me, but with the problems of A-Rod, Giambi, and other hitters, it just makes the night worse.

The Yankees must win the next two games to have any chance of pulling closer to the Red Sox. Today it doesn’t get better as Sidney Ponson is on the mound against Paul Byrd. The Yankees faced him in the ALDS last year and were supposed to “hammer” him but they actually lost the game. We don’t know which group of Yankees show up today, the one that is supposed to actually care, or the one that doesn’t care.

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