10/20/10 10:10 PM ET
Wood capitalizes on Andrus' aggressiveness
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
"The first move was easy to see and to check him out," Andrus said. "The second one was better. That's part of the game, though. I should have just stayed at second and let Hamilton hit, but it's part of my game. Sometimes my aggressiveness doesn't work."If nothing else, the Rangers should have already been leery of Wood, given the way he picked Ian Kinsler off in Game 1 of the series. "It's very good," Andrus said of Wood's pickoff move. "I've got to be more careful with him. He got Ian the first game, and today he got me. He's a pretty smart pitcher out there, it's not that easy to steal a base against a guy like that." Given the Yankees troubles throwing out runners this season, the Rangers came into the series wanting to be aggressive on the bases, and they were just that, stealing seven bases in eight attempts through the first four games. "More than anything, I think maybe it will slow them down a little bit," Wood said. "We know they're very aggressive on the basepaths." And, as Wednesday night showed, sometimes too aggressive.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.