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Torre To A-Rod: Bush League Move

New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said that Alex Rodriguez should speak softly and carry a big stick. In other words the Yankees skipper did not approve of A-Rod's controversial actions during a game between New York and the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night.

The incident occurred during the ninth inning, of a game that New York led Toronto by a score of 7-5. Rodriguez was on first base. Jorge Posada popped up to Blue Jays third baseman Howie Clark, and A-Rod ran hard at contact. He was heading for third as Clark was trying to make the play, and he yelled out. A-Rod said he screamed "Ha" while Clark claimed he yelled "mine."

Disoriented, Clark did not make the catch and Posada got himself a RBI single as Rodriguez sprinted to third and Hideki Matsui scored. Blue Jays shorstop John McDonald, one of the game's nicest guys, was so livid with Rodriguez he had to be restrained by teammates. The final score was New York 10 Toronto 5, and after the game the Blue Jays players, stayed in the dugout and glared at Rodriguez. Torre said that A-Rod was just excited that his team was ahead, and allowed his emotions to get the best of him. He said that he did not approve of the tactics, and after the game let the player know his thoughts. Torre said he does not expect A-Rod to pull that stunt again.
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