Braden offers A-Rod peace offering

Updated: July 7, 2010, 1:40 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

OAKLAND -- Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden has gone from "Get off my mound" to "Get on my side" when it comes to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

In a peace offering, Braden sent some memorabilia to Rodriguez.

"I gave him a signed perfect game poster, a perfect game T-shirt and a perfect game baseball," a smiling Braden said on Tuesday.

Prior to Tuesday night's game, Braden said he had not spoken to Rodriguez, or yet received anything in return. Braden has spent the past couple of days saying that he objected to the A's decision to sell "Get Off My Mound" T-shirts. The A's are still selling the T-shirts.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said that Rodriguez has signed 10 of the "Get Off My Mound" T-shirts, which will be auctioned off for charity. Braden may also add his signature to the shirts, Zillo said.

Rodriguez didn't want to talk too much about Braden's latest gesture.

"It was really nice," said Rodriguez, who wouldn't confirm what Braden sent over. "We opened and closed that window."

The dispute between Rodriguez and Braden started in late April when Rodriguez ran across the mound after an out. Braden yelled at Rodriguez, "Get off my [expletive] mound." Braden then lambasted Rodriguez for what he thought was a lack of respect for the game.

Rodriguez tried to minimize Braden, saying Braden shouldn't talk because he only had a "handful" of victories. Braden then implied he might fight A-Rod, which Rodriguez responded to by saying he didn't want to extend Braden's 15 minutes of fame. After Braden extended his 15 minutes for a lifetime by throwing a perfect game on May 9, his grandmother told Rodriguez to "Stick it, A-Rod." Rodriguez said "Uncle," indicating he was done with the give-and-take.

Braden is not pitching in this series because he is on the disabled list with a bad elbow.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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