The Yankees had a chance to break the game open in the fourth inning. But they could not build on their 2-1 lead and went on to lose 6-2. I wrote my story on how Johan Santana finessed his way out of trouble.
Meanwhile, Mike Mussina could not. He has a 3.11 ERA in his last six starts and only two wins.
Alex Rodriguez said he needs to speak to Joe Torre about his status. The disabled list seemed unlikely but he may not play all of the remaining games before the break because of his hamstring.
â€œWe want to be smart and have some precaution with it,” A-Rod said.
Torre was asked about playing the infield back in the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead and a runner on third. He said that with Justin Morneau on deck, he didn’t want to risk the big inning. Morneau doubled and singled in his first two at-bats.
“Iâ€™m pulling for a tie in the eighth or ninth inning at that point in time. Thatâ€™s fine with me,â€? Torre said. â€œThatâ€™s not something I wanted to do where they are in the lineup.â€?
Up 2-1 on Santana in the sixth? I’d play in and try and protect the lead. With Santana on the mound and Minnesota having such a good bullpen, the odds of scoring again aren’t high. Especially with the lineup the Yankees ran out there.
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