We’re live from Braves-Yankees! Where’s Kate Hudson?

Alex Rodriguez will get more rest now, at least when he's not in South Beach.

This is Alex Rodriguez, who is supposed to be getting more rest now.

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This is Kate Hudson, who sure seems to get around a lot.

(WE HAVE UPDATES BELOW)

Before heading out to Turner Field to see if the Braves can actually string together consecutive home wins, I thought I’d check in with a quick update from the often fascinating and occasionally warped and pathetic world of Alex Rodriguez. So here goes:  So far, no Kate Hudson sightings in Atlanta.

We know that A-Rod says he has been quite “fatigued” of late. We also know he’s kinda stunk. He went from hitting .260 in May (not so great) to .153 (9 for 59) in June (hello, Angel Berroa), entering tonight’s Braves-Yankees game. New York attributes the problems, at least in part, to fatigue and Rodriguez possibly still feeling the effects of off-season hip surgery (which forced him to miss the first 28 games).

The lack of performance-enhancing drugs also could be an issue. But I’m not a doctor. Or a drug-dealer. Or even a mysterious cousin just back from the Dominican Republic.

But here’s another possibility for the weak legs: partying with Hudson. The Palm Beach post reported Saturday that Rodriguez “partied until 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Miami Beach” with Hudson, before the two departed in a limo. The Miami Herald followed today with more details, saying the two were canoodling at the Fontainebleau, and, ahem: “According to our tattle, the duo was, ‘all over each other at Blade where they were sucking face for like an hour without coming up for air.’”

Wow. No air for an hour and he’s still alive. Maybe his conditioning is improving.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to rest A-Rod at least once a week until the All-Star break, and sometimes two days a week when the team has an off day. He expects Rodriguez to be fully rested for the Braves series.

“I think the rest will help him,” Girardi told the New York media. “He’s been through a lot — the physical rehab, playing in games.” And other stuff.

♦ BLOGGING/COMMENTING PLANS: I’ll get back to you later with another pre-game, in-game item or two and also respond to your questions as much as possible — with time permitting, given deadline for my game column. So feel free to weigh in on the Braves or Kate Hudson.

BRAVES FAVORED. HONEST: The Braves (33-36) don’t have nearly as good a record as New York (38-31). But the Yankees have lost eight of their last 12 and have the winless Chien-Ming Wang (0-5, 12.30) pitching tonight against Tommy Hanson (2-0). That probably explains why the Braves are favored. Sports.Odds.com has the Braves listed at -112 and the Yankees at +106. I really don’t feel like explaining the whole odds thing. But just trust me when I say the Braves are slight favorites.

THIS JUST IN: MARK TEIXEIRA MISSES YOU!

Mark Teixeira and his Gordon Gekko-esque agent, Scott Boras, made it very clear even before free agency that the All-Star first baseman was going for high dollar and not a nickel less. Fortunately, the New York Yankees satisfied their needs, blowing every other bidding team out of the water with an eight-year, $180 million contract.

When Teixeira returned to Atlanta Tuesday for the first time since the Braves traded him to the Los Angeles Angels at the deadline, he went on and on about how much he misses being here. But I’m guessing $180 million buys a lot of therapy. Quoth the former Georgia Tech star: “Ever since college I’ve thought of Atlanta as my home. I miss everything about Atlanta. I miss Bobby [Cox]. I miss this place. It’s a great place to play. I miss the fans. I had a great year. I had one of the best years of my life here.” I think that about covers it.

♦ KATE HUDSON UPDATE: I asked Bobby Cox if he thought Rodriguez was struggling because of too many late nights with Hudson. His response: “Who’s Kate Hudson?”

An actress. “Never heard of her.”

She’s Goldie Hawn’s daughter. “Oh, I know her husband, Kurt Russell.” (It turns out Russell is the uncle of former Brave Matt Franco.)

♦ LINEUPS: I think O’Brien already posted this on his XXXL blog, but there’s no surprises in the Braves lineup. For the Yankees, it’s: Gary Jeter-Nick Swisher-Teixeira-Rodriguez-Robinson Cano-Jorge Posada-Melky Cabrera-Brett Gardner-Chien-Ming-Wang.

REST OF UPDATES BELOW IN COMMENTS

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C. Tampa Ironworse

June 23rd, 2009
3:29 pm

Why is A Rod going for these 2nd hand chicks? Maybe the roids really do shrink you know what…

North GA Nole

June 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm

Ah – Kate Hudson.

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 23rd, 2009
3:50 pm

Using the word canoodling in a sports column is just wrong on so many levels.

MattyB

June 23rd, 2009
3:59 pm

Seriously Schultz? Is that the best you could do for a Kate Hudson photo?

tale of woe

June 23rd, 2009
4:19 pm

Who has bigger boobs?

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
4:27 pm

Hillbilly: I would admit that canoodling is not one of my usual go-to words.

MattyB: No, I could do a lot better. But I needed something that would get past editors.

Tale of woe: I’ll have to get back to you on that.

Herschel Talker

June 23rd, 2009
4:32 pm

ARod likes men

scoreboard

June 23rd, 2009
4:41 pm

Hey Jeff, since you blasted Donald Fehr on a previous blog, and this is a Braves blog, I was wondering if you would give us your opinion of Fehr’s chief player minion. I’m referring to Tom Glavine, of course.

The consensus among many writers seems to be that any Braves fan who dares hold any inkling of a grudge against Glavine for his union actions is a troglodyte and beyond contempt. After all, he won Game 6, and he pitched every day, and blah blah blah…

So what do you say, Jeff? Do any of your comments about Fehr apply to Glavine as well?

Hollywould

June 23rd, 2009
4:44 pm

Good one tale of woe LMAO

Ted Striker

June 23rd, 2009
4:52 pm

If Kate Hudson is “second hand” then I’m heading down to the thrift shop.

Herschel Talker

June 23rd, 2009
4:57 pm

scoreboard – I’m with you 100%.

Bill Naharodny

June 23rd, 2009
5:43 pm

I wish Coxie would put me in.

Bob Horner was a dead pull hitter

June 23rd, 2009
5:54 pm

troglodyte……????

SWAT Native

June 23rd, 2009
5:57 pm

Remember, Kate was married to an Atlanta guy, so maybe coming to Atlanta to be with her new man may be kind of awkward. BTW, I ain’t mad at ARod for being with her.

Gust

June 23rd, 2009
6:32 pm

Scoreboard, dude’s just bein’ true to his roots. I’m sure you realize he’s from the Boston area and unions are big up there so people grow up believin’ in them. I’ve never been in a union and don’t plan to but you gotta admire a guy that sticks to his roots.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 23rd, 2009
6:41 pm

I’d do her mom.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
6:46 pm

Herschel: I have no personal knowledge of this. But I’ll ask him after the game.

Scoreboard: I think holding a grudge against Glavine for a couple of comments during the strike/lockout is silly but that’s your right. Personally, I know what kind of guy he is. That’s enough for me.

Chef: Thank you and good night.

Keith

June 23rd, 2009
6:47 pm

Jeff how is the atmosphere? What percentage are Yankees fans (although I am sure half are not even from NY)???

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 23rd, 2009
6:53 pm

Jeff, I’m just sayin’…

Reid Adair

June 23rd, 2009
6:55 pm

Outstanding, Jeff. Bobby didn’t know who Kate Hudson was is hilarious.

This may be the best match-up for the Braves in terms of starting pitching.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 23rd, 2009
6:55 pm

I mean, you gotta admit…

mike on lake hartwell

June 23rd, 2009
7:10 pm

jeff schultz awesome humor is contagious. these blog comments
are waaayyyyy more entertaining than any other comments on the
AJC. thanks braves fans. thanks jeff!

MoWreck

June 23rd, 2009
7:16 pm

Jeff, you would have to rest me a year if I went partying with Kate Hudson.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
7:17 pm

Keith, Others — It’ll be easier to tell about percentage of Yankees fans when/if they score but there are A LOT here. Also, this is not even close to a sellout. Several patches of empty seats, particularly top level.

scoreboard

June 23rd, 2009
7:17 pm

Jeff: So long as we are clear on this…Donald Fehr deserves a place in your special sports hell for running the union in a way you didn’t like. But Glavine (who followed Fehr’s orders to the letter – you know, the orders you didn’t like) is a stand-up dude. Check.

Look. I know you think I’m some sort of smart aleck in my mom’s basement. And you apparently think I’m silly for holding a grudge over a “couple of comments” (an intentionally dishonest attempt at minimizing the situation from someone who knows better, but I got what I paid for, right?). I’m just pointing out your double standard. Your response was to say you “know what kind of guy he is”. That’s fine for you. I’d venture to say Fehr’s buddies would say the same about him. Me? I don’t know either one. I can only go by the fact that Glavine followed every order Fehr gave him. Since I don’t know either one of them personally, I’m forced to put them both in the same pigeonhole.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
7:28 pm

Scoreboard: check.
No, I don’t think you’re silly on you’re in your mom’s basement. For all I know, you’re in you’re mom’s kitchen. Kidding.
Look, I want to watch game and not get into this. I’m just telling you what I know about Glavine and what I think I know about Fehr. Think of it what you like.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
7:33 pm

That’s a hit batter and a walk for Hanson in the inning.

sidslid

June 23rd, 2009
7:36 pm

Segue to NBA draft:
Good looking mom club;

Kate Hudson
Stephen Curry
Son of sidslid

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
7:37 pm

Walk to Gardner loads them up for Wang, who’s hitting . . . .000

scoreboard

June 23rd, 2009
7:39 pm

So I’ll consider myself defeated, then? Kidding. Kudos for answering me either way. Some guys in your position would dismiss me as a crank.

You know the principal players a lot better than I do, but I will take your advice and think what I like. And for the record…I’m on my wife’s couch…

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
7:39 pm

Bye-bye … 1-3 …. In case you were wondering, Wang’s now 0-for-12 in his career.

Bat Masterson

June 23rd, 2009
7:41 pm

There is no accounting for taste C Tampa but Kate Hudson is a 2nd hand chick? Well I enjoy watching her, loved her in ” Almost Famous”. How are things at ” The Mons”?

Kennesaw Mountain Landis

June 23rd, 2009
7:41 pm

Kate Hudson is a cute little thing. Arod is a steroid addled freak and should be banned from mlb.

Only Women In Cages

June 23rd, 2009
7:43 pm

Isn’t that Kate over by the camera well on the Yankees side? By the way, it was Countdown to Ecstasy. I can’t believe I forgot that.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
7:51 pm

Bat — Almost Famous was a great movie, and that was probably her best role. But obviously she’s not ever going to win an Oscar. Like it matters.

Only Women in Cages: Who are you? Your typing has a certain tone to it. But I can’t . . . quite . . . place it.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
7:54 pm

A lot of Lets-Go-Jeter, Let’s-Go-Yankees, etc. chant … And well, just got a hint how many Yankees fans are here. Jeter doubles. I’d say at least one-third of the crowd goes crazy.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 23rd, 2009
7:55 pm

Just looked in the new Webster’s dictionary-
Slow: see Garrett Anderson

Young and Stupid

June 23rd, 2009
7:57 pm

Not a fan of Steely Dan. The brilliant lyrics or the awesome studio musicians.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
7:58 pm

Hanson is already over 50 pitches and there’s two on and none out in the third.

Nellie Bly

June 23rd, 2009
8:00 pm

And that’s why you’re name is “Young and Stupid.”

Nellie Bly

June 23rd, 2009
8:00 pm

er, “your” name. Not “you’re”.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
8:02 pm

Young and Stupid: Your name really says it all. Also, your feet smell.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 23rd, 2009
8:02 pm

Hey Jeff, does G. Anderson play day games after night games?

I figure he’s too slow to make it in to work.

Young and Stupid

June 23rd, 2009
8:03 pm

Well I don’t get paid at my job and can’t afford soap. Sorry.

WHYYYYYYYY???

June 23rd, 2009
8:05 pm

I almost posted before the game started that I bet what’s left in my 401K that the Braves struggle against Wang. Only Atlanta would have a hard time getting hits and scoring runs against the worst pitcher in baseball this season. Pretty sad. I guess we should hope for a 1-0 win by the Braves.

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
8:06 pm

Chef — he does, as long as his pacemaker is working that day.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 23rd, 2009
8:07 pm

Well YnR, its not a job then, just an activity.

Young and Stupid

June 23rd, 2009
8:09 pm

Chef-

When you’re right, you’re right.

WHYYYYYYYYY?

June 23rd, 2009
8:14 pm

OK I take that back…….

Jeff Schultz

June 23rd, 2009
8:17 pm

McCann RBI double off the wall… Anderson 2-run double to alley in right (take that, Chef!) … 3-0 Braves. Wonder if they let Wang back into the Bronx after this trip?