With home field advantage at stake in the AL playoffs, Texas manager Buck Showalter pulled Hank Blalock, Mark Teixeria and Michael Young from yesterday’s game against the Angels in the 3rd inning, the Rangers leading 4-1 at the time.

Los Angeles of Anaheim of Planet Earth would come back to win, 7-4, giving them home field advantage in their ALDS tangle with the Yankees, starting on Tuesday night.

Quoted in today’s Newsday by Jim Baumbach, Princess A-Rod said,

“I just think there’s a code of honor when so much is on the line. You hope people do the right thing but you can’t control what people do.”

Apparently, there’s plenty of honor in the Yankees’ failing to show up against the Red Sox yesterday.