Rodriguez says he ‘can’t wait to get back’
Yankees third baseman won’t say when he will start minor-league rehab or join major-league club.
TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez says he feels great and his relationship with the New York Yankees is fine.
Rodriguez didn’t indicate when he will start a minor-league injury rehabilitation assignment or rejoin the big-league team, saying Saturday he “can’t wait to get back.”
“So far, no issues,” Rodriguez said. “I’m just working really hard. I’m having fun. It’s exciting to be back on the field.”
The All-Star third baseman is taking at-bats at the Yankees’ minor- league complex as he comes back from hip surgery in January. He also is fielding grounders, running the bases and doing sliding drills.
“I feel like my swing is definitely getting back to form,” Rodriguez said. “(Defensively) moving better the last few days. Everything is coming along.”
Twins’ Gibson wins in major-league debut
MINNEAPOLIS — Kyle Gibson wasn’t dominant in his first major -league start, but he still pitched well enough to make a bit of Minnesota Twins history and give the team a reason to be optimistic about the future of its pitching staff.
Four years after being Minnesota’s top pick in the 2009 draft, Gibson pitched six solid innings, and Trevor Plouffe homered to help Minnesota earn a 6-2 win over Kansas City.
Gibson became Minnesota’s first first-round pick to win a start in his major-league debut.
“It was an amazing day, really,” Gibson said. “I was pretty nervous the last couple of days leading up to it, and was able to calm the nerves somehow. I think seeing a couple of familiar faces before I started throwing, and a little prayer before the game definitely helped me calm my nerves, but it was a great day.”
• Jarrod Parker had some of his best stuff all season when he fell to the ground and grabbed his right hamstring in the fourth inning on an unusually hot Bay Area afternoon, forced into an early exit in Oakland’s 7-1 loss to St. Louis.
“Tomorrow will be a better idea of what I’ve got,” Parker said. “I’ve just been building on outings prior, and today everything was working good early. I was able to establish the fastball in and out. It was just unfortunate.”
• Tim Raines and George Bell were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame along with Rob Ducey, Nat Bailey and Tom Cheek. Raines spent 13 years with the Montreal Expos.