Joe Torre said that once the Yankees took the lead, he was going to use his front-line relievers to secure it because you don’t know what will happen in Game 2.
A lot of the postgame talk was about Shelley Duncan and his first home run. Torre got a genuine kick out of seeing all his players congratulate the rookie. Duncan must have high-fived everybody in the dugout.
After the game, Kim Jones interviewed Duncan on YES and kiddingly asked for her own high five. Duncan crushed her. “I thought he broke my shoulder,” she said.
The Yankees optioned Edwar Ramirez down to to Scranton after the game. Torre said Igawa was staying in the rotation so presumably DeSalvo will be sent back after the game. No word on who would replace him.
Here is some audio from Joe Torre:
and Shelley Duncan:
A few notes:
Robinson Cano has played 55 games without an error, the longest streak for a Yankees second baseman since Mariano Duncan went 55 games from July 27, 1996 to April 11, 1997. … A relief pitcher has the last five victories. … Luis Vizcaino has allowed three earned runs in his last 25 innings. … Mariano Rivera has allowed one earned run in his last 14.2 innings. He has dropped his ERA to 3.10.
Game 2 looks like a slugfest on paper. But Matt DeSalvo could be set up for a good game. Tampa Bay is a fastball-hitting team and he is not a fastball pitcher.