Yanks' Soriano apologizes to media

BY foxsports • April 6, 2011

Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano apologized Wednesday after bolting Tuesday night without speaking to reporters.

The $35 million signing gave up four runs and walked three Twins in a disastrous eighth inning that cost them in a 5-4 extra-inning loss. Afterward, Soriano did not appear in the clubhouse to answer reporters' questions.

Soriano spoke with the media before preparing for Wednesday night's game with the Twins.

"I'm apologizing that I didn't talk to you guys last night," Soriano said.

"The reason I didn't was because that game CC was supposed to win," he added, referring to teammate CC Sabathia. "That's why I got mad and I didn't feel comfortable talking to you guys. I know last night I was supposed to talk to you guys and I left."

Scott Boras, Soriano's agent, called him Wednesday to tell him he needs to talk to the press after games, even ones when he does not pitch well. Soriano said someone from the Yankees front office called Boras.

Against Minnesota, Soriano said he felt off-balance. It was his first stumble with the Yankees after signing a three-year contract this winter to be Mariano Rivera's setup man.

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