Simply focused on trying to beat the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays won't let the presence of Alex Rodriguez be a distraction during this key weekend series.
The Rays try to prevent the visiting Yankees from matching a season high with their sixth consecutive victory Friday night.
Though Rodriguez won't answer any non-baseball related questions, each city New York (68-59) visits of late naturally brings with it the distraction surrounding the embattled third baseman.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon won't feed the fire or tell his pitchers to intentionally throw at Rodriguez like Boston's Ryan Dempster did Sunday.
"Vigilante justice and unilateral decisions, I'm not into that stuff," Maddon told the Rays' official website. "That is totally separate from the unwritten rules of baseball."
Especially considering the Yankees have averaged 5.4 runs and hit 21 homers while batting .290 in 17 games since Rodriguez made his 2013 debut. Curtis Granderson homered and Andy Pettitte thre...