The Helen Keller call by second base umpire Gerry Davis in the second inning doesn’t excuse what Mariano Rivera (1-3, 8.44) did in the ninth inning.
“It’s part of the game, you have to accept it,” bench coach (and interim manager) Don Mattingly said. “It’s the human part of the game.”
The Yankees – outside of Matt DeSalvo – were good and furious after the game. “He was out by three feet,” Robinson Cano said. “He said I tagged him too high.”
Too high? That makes no sense.
Davis, to his credit, admitted he missed the call. “I kicked the s*** out of it,” he said.
Said Jorge Posada: “You guys saw the replays. That’s all I have to say.”
DeSalvo will stay in the rotation and start on Saturday against Seattle again.
Two stats that prove that there are always market corrections in baseball: Alex Rodriguez is 5 of his last 28 and Doug Mientkiewicz is 8 of his last 21. Most veterans play to their means eventually.
Sorry for the lack of in-game posts. The pending arrival of Roger Clemens has ramped up the newspaper workload a bit.