While Franklin Morales didn't pitch as well as he had hoped on Saturday, giving up six runs in the first game of a doubleheader with the Yankees, he did pick off a pair of baserunners.
When Alex Rodriguez was reaching too far off first base with runners on first and second, Adrian Gonzalez walked over to Morales and had a short chat. Two pitches later, Gonzalez snuck behind Rodriguez and Morales threw over for the easy out. Morales then nabbed Nick Swisher off first later in the inning.
Before Saturday, Morales had picked off just six in 222 2/3 innings.
"I know when I have a pretty good chance to pick somebody off in the right situation," Morales said. "When I see a pretty good chance, I look at home and throw over. And you need to change [your move] sometimes. You need to have two or three different moves when you're going to the base. I just had a feeling."
Reflecting on a wild first half with his new team, manager Bobby Valentine said: "I would say that it was extremely challenging. I don't know how to rate it or anything, but Major League Baseball is very challenging. Managing a new team is very challenging, and we had some situations that added to the mix.
"But I'm very optimistic. The guys I have today, I think we can win a ballgame with. And the guys I have after the break I think will be the same type of group."
Valentine said Jon Lester would probably get some extra rest after Sunday's game and pitch the first of a three-game set with the White Sox starting July 16.
The All-Star break was poorly timed for Gonzalez, who entered Sunday night with a career-high 18-game hitting streak in which he's batting .377 (29-for-77). He's raised his average from .257 to .284 in the process, though he's only hit one homer during the streak and has just six on the season.